Jury for 2012 Prize Announced

Jury announced for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2012

Press Release : Eclectic international panel to judge 2012 edition of the US $50,000 DSC Prize.

New Delhi, May 3, 2011: The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature announced the Jury for its 2012 edition today. The five member judging panel comprises eminent names from the international literary fraternity – Dr. Alastair Niven , Dr. Fakrul Alam , Faiza S Khan, Ira Pande (Chair of the jury) and Marie Brenner. The Jury brings in a wide canvas of experience and represents the interests and creative principles of writing pertaining to the South Asian region – an agenda that the DSC Prize is committed to promoting.
This Jury will be responsible for assessing the entries over a period of three and a half months to arrive at a Longlist in September 2011, followed by the Shortlist (5-6 titles) in October 2011 and eventually the winner of the US $50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2012 in January 2012. The Call for Entries is currently open till May 15, 2011 and submissions can be made through www.dscprize.com.

Speaking on the occasion, Ira Pande, Chair of the Jury said, “I am delighted and honoured to be part of an effort to showcase South Asia whose rich literature draws on several languages and cultures. I am sure that this handsome award will encourage translations that will unveil this extraordinary treasury of imagination to the world outside it.”

The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature is guided by an international Advisory Committee comprising MJ Akbar, Urvashi Butalia, Tina Brown, William Dalrymple, Lord Meghnad Desai, David Godwin, Surina Narula, Senath Walter Perera, Nayantara Sehgal and Michael Worton. The DSC Prize is unique since it is not ethnicity driven in terms of the author’s origin and is open to any author belonging to any part of the globe as long as the work is based on the South Asian region, its culture and its people.
The first DSC Prize for South Asian Literature was awarded to HM Naqvi for his debut novel Home Boy (HarperCollins India) in January 2011.
Commenting on the occasion, Manhad Narula, Director, DSC Limited, said, “We are thrilled to have such an eminent Jury for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2012. Each Jury member brings in a unique experience and vision of South Asian writing that will define the way forward for writing pertaining to this region. The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature has had a successful first year and has been well received by the literary fraternity. This year we hope to further our vision of extending the frontiers of South Asian writing by showcasing and rewarding the best writing talent and bringing it to a global platform.”

Notes to the Editor

About the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature
The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, instituted in January 2010, is now in its second year. The prize celebrates writing that highlights the South Asian region, its people, culture and diaspora. The DSC Prize, which has been envisioned as a unique and prestigious award, recognizes the literary works of authors across the globe writing on South Asia, transcending the origin or ethnicity of the author.  The Prize is open to any author belonging to any part of the globe as long as the work is based on the South Asian region and its people. The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature aims at recognizing literary work that is redefining the understanding of South Asia across the globe. For more information please visit www.dscprize.com.

About DSC Limited’s Literary Initiatives

In its efforts to contribute to social growth and create social infrawealth, DSC Limited has identified the promotion of literature as a key initiative. The company firmly believes that promoting literature helps build the character of society, just as its infrastructure projects help create the infrawealth of the nation. As a major move towards promoting literature, the company has been the principal sponsor of the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival for the last five years. During this period, this event has grown to become the largest literary event of its kind in the region. In order to further strengthen its commitment to South Asian literature, DSC Limited also partnered the first ever DSC South Asian Literature Festival in London in October 2010. With growing interest and a robust following of South Asian writing in the UK, this event helped extend the company’s patronage of literature to a global platform.  As part of its vision of promoting South Asian literature, the most significant development has been the institution of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature in 2010. This unique prize, which carries an award of US $50,000 for the winner, is a celebration of the rich and varied world of literature belonging to the South Asian region. It has been well received by the literary fraternity globally and the first edition culminated with HM Naqvi winning the coveted prize for his debut novel Home Boy

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