DSC Prize to be announced in Nepal lit fest

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:47, Aug 18,2019


The winner of DSC Prize 2019 would be announced at the Nepal Literature Festival in Pokhara of the Himalayan country on December 16.

The Nepal Literature Festival would take place from December 13 to 16 in Pokhara, says a press release sent by DSC Prize for South Asian Literature organisers from New Delhi.  

The $25,000 international literary prize, focused on South Asian fiction writing, is open to authors of any ethnicity or nationality as long as the writing is about South Asia and its people, the release said.

‘Writers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will participate in the contest’, the release reads.

A five-member international jury panel was reading and evaluating the entries and they would be first announcing a long list of 12-15 books at the end of September in New Delhi, then a shortlist of five to six books in November in London, and finally the winner on December 16th at the Nepal Literature Festival, the release reads.

It also encourages writing in regional languages and translations and the prize money would be equally shared between the author and the translator when a translated entry wins, the release reads.

The DSC Prize was now in its ninth year, and has been successful in bringing South Asian writing to a larger global audience by rewarding and showcasing the achievements of the authors writing about this region.

The winners of the DSC Prize, sponsored by Indian construction giant DSC Limited, are announced at different South Asian country every year by rotation.

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