Five member international jury panel for the DSC Prize announced

ANTARA DEV SEN TO CHAIR INTERNATIONAL JURY PANEL FOR THE US $50,000 DSC PRIZE WHICH CELEBRATES THE BEST IN SOUTH ASIAN WRITING

New Delhi, September 10, 2013: The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature takes immense pride in announcing the Jury for its 2014 edition. To be chaired by Antara Dev Sen, noted Indian editor, writer and literary critic, the jury panel comprises international luminaries from the world of literature and books- Arshia Sattar, an eminent Indian translator, writer and a teacher, Ameena Saiyid, the MD of Oxford University Press in Pakistan, Rosie Boycott, acclaimed British journalist and editor and Paul Yamazaki, a veteran bookseller and one of the most respected names in the book trade in the US.

This year’s distinguished jury panel has been prudently constituted to adjudicate on the entries that have come in for the DSC Prize. The panel brings with them a wide array of varied experience and also represents the interests and creative principles of writing pertaining to the South Asian region – an objective that the DSC Prize is dedicated to.

The jury panel is currently in the process of assessing the 65 entries received by the DSC Prize Secretariat from publishers all across the world. There has been a 45% growth in the number of entries received this year as compared to the inaugural DSC Prize 2011, with about a quarter of the entries coming in from UK, USA, Canada and Australia to supplement the entries from the South Asian countries. Over a period of three and a half months, the jury would rigorously evaluate the entries to arrive at a longlist to be announced in New Delhi in mid-October 2013, followed by the Shortlist (5-6 titles) announcement in London in mid-November 2013 and eventually the winner of the US $50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2014 would be announced at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur in end of January 2014.

Speaking about the DSC Prize, Antara Dev Sen, the jury chair, said, “I am honoured to be part of this endeavor to reward fiction focused on South Asia with its rich cultural diversity, its various languages and beliefs, many hopes and fears, and distinctive beauty. Happily, in this exciting hunt, the DSC Prize is not restrained by language or nationality. The books under consideration include translations from a variety of languages that make the literatures of South Asia so vibrant. They also include books by non-Asian authors. And on the way to the final winner, we hope to showcase some of the amazing creativity, imagination and sensitivities that make South Asia so unique.”

Commenting on the Jury announcement, Manhad Narula of DSC Limited, said “We are delighted to have such a highly acclaimed international jury panel for the DSC Prize 2014. With their combined and varied expertise on South Asian writing that they bring in, we eagerly look forward to their selection for the longlist, the shortlist and the final winner of the DSC Prize this year. As always, the number of entries for the DSC Prize has been growing with each passing year and we are confident that the eventual winner chosen by the Jury will be a true reflection of the very best of South Asian writing that is redefining the aspirations of this region.”

The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature prides itself on a thorough and transparent judging process and is modeled on global best practices. The 5 member jury panel, which is selected from the recommendations made by the Advisory Committee, is solely responsible to decide and arrive at the longlist, the shortlist and the ultimate winner without any external influence and their adjudication is final.

The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature has previously been won by HM Naqvi for Home Boy, by Shehan Karunatilaka for Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew and by Jeet Thayil for Narcopolis. Each of these winners has gone on to be published internationally and their work has reached a larger global audience which has been one of the central visions of the prize.

For more information, please contact:

DSC Prize Steering Committee
Deepa Kumar
Contact No: 9811993926
Email: deepa.kumar@dsclimited.com

Genesis Burson-Marsteller
Sophia Christina
Contact No: 9999161478
Email: sophia.christina@bm.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 supporting 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. 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, is a celebration of the rich and varied world of literature belonging to the South Asian region.

DSC Limited has also been the principal sponsor of the 2010 and 2011 editions of DSC South Asian Literature Festival in the UK.