May 7, 2012 by markstani
The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature is now accepting entries for its 2013 edition. Never mind what some say about the over-proliferation of literary prizes: the relatively new (and, with a $50,000 first prize fund, definitely lucrative) DSC award is already making waves. Its first two winners, HM Naqvi’s ‘Home Boy’ and Shehan Karunatilaka’s riotous Chinaman, have both gone on to secure global rights. Books of that quality shouldn’t need to win literary prizes to garner attention, but despite the increasing focus on sub-continental fiction by western publishers and agents, such talent still plainly requires the kind of leg-up that these kinds of Prizes can supply. Jahnavi Barua’s Rebirth made the shortlist for last year’s MAN Asian Literary Prize, yet has still not been picked up by a worldwide publisher. CY Gopinath’s excellent The Book Of Answers – shortlisted for this year’s Commonwealth Prize and a potential contender for the 2013 DSC Prize – remains similarly overlooked, prompting the author to pursue the self-publishing route. So long as such anomalies remain, new Prizes should be championed.
The Call for Entries – for any South Asian-related, English language work published between January 1 2011 and April 30 2012 – remains open until June 15. The 2013 Prize winner will be announced at the Jaipur Literary Festival next January.
Read the full Call for Entries here.