DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

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DSC Prize for South Asian Literature
Awarded for Original full-length novel inspired by South Asia, written in English, or translated into English by any writer across the globe.
Sponsor DSC Limited
Country India
Host DSC Limited
Reward 2,800,000
First awarded 2011
Last awarded Active
Official website http://dscprize.com

The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature is a literary prize awarded annually to writers of any ethnicity or nationality writing about South Asia[1] themes such as culture, politics, history, or people.[2] It is for an original full-length novel written in English, or translated into English.[2] The award is for novels published in the year preceding the judging of the prize.[2] The winner receives 2,800,000 (about US$50,000).[2] The prize was instituted by DSC Limited, an Indian infrastructure and construction company which also sponsored the Jaipur Literature Festival.[3]

Winners and shortlist[edit]

Blue Ribbon (Blue ribbon) = winner



  • U.R. Ananthamurthy, Bharathipura (Oxford University Press, India; translated by Susheela Punitha)
  • Chandrakanta, A Street in Srinagar (Zubaan Books, India; translated by Manisha Chaudhry)
  • Usha K.R, Monkey-man (Penguin/Penguin India)
  • Blue ribbon Shehan Karunatilaka, Chinaman (Random House, India)
  • Tabish Khair, The Thing About Thugs (Fourth Estate/HarperCollins India)
  • Kavery Nambisan, The Story that Must Not Be Told (Viking/Penguin India)



  • Anand, Book of Destruction (Translated by Chetana Sachidanandan; Penguin India)
  • Benyamin, Goat Days (Translated by Joseph Koyippalli; Penguin India)
  • Blue ribbon Cyrus Mistry, Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer (Aleph Book Company, India)
  • Mohsin Hamid, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin India)
  • Nadeem Aslam, The Blind Man’s Garden (Random House, India)
  • Nayomi Munaweera, Island of a Thousand Mirrors (Perera Hussein Publishing, Sri Lanka)

2015[14] The winner was announced January 22, 2015.[15]


  1. ^ Note: South Asia for the purposes of the prize is defined as India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Afghanistan. See Eligibility Criteria.
  2. ^ a b c d "Eligibility Criteria for Entries to the 2011 DSC Prize". DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Advisory Committee for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature Constituted Post". DSC Limited. 23 March 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Shortlist Announced for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature". Asia Writes'. Oct 25, 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Lex Delaney (24 Oct 2011). "Shortlist announced for the 2012 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature". South Asian Literary Festival. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Shehan Karunatilaka wins 2012 DSC Prize". DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Jan 21, 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Madhur Tankha (Sep 15, 2011). "16 titles for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature". The Hindu. 
  8. ^ Archana Khare Ghose (Jan 22, 2012). "S Karunatilake wins DSC Prize in Literature". The Times of India. 
  9. ^ Shreya Roy Chowdhury (11 July 2012). "Jury announced for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2013". The Times of India. 
  10. ^ Supriya Nair (21 November 2012). "DSC Prize 2013 shortlist announced". Mint. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  11. ^ Richard Lea (25 January 2013). "Jeet Thayil becomes first Indian winner of South Asian literature prize". The Guardian. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  12. ^ Ashlin Mathew (November 22, 2013). "Three Indians in race for DSC prize for South Asian Literature 2014". India Today. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  13. ^ Aditi Malhotra (January 18, 2014). "Indian Wins South Asian Prize for Literature". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Five novels make it to the shortlist of the DSC Prize 2015". November 27, 2014. Retrieved November 30, 2014. 
  15. ^ Claire Armitstead (22 January 2015). "Jhumpa Lahiri wins $50,000 DSC prize for south Asian literature". The Guardian. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 

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