• An entry must be a full-length work of fiction of at least 25,000 words. Novels and novellas are eligible for the prize while short stories are not eligible.

  • All entries should have been first published in the period between April 5th 2019 and January 31st 2021. This must be certified by the publisher in the entry form. As a special case, books released within this period but having the official publishing date within a month of the cut off date may be considered through a special approval of the Steering Committee.

  • Entries can be submitted only through publishers, who may send in two entries per imprint. Only one additional entry per imprint may be considered if the publisher sends in a special waiver request.

  • An entry may be submitted for consideration only once in any edition of the DSC Prize and cannot be resubmitted in a subsequent edition.

  • Books by past winners of the DSC Prize would not be eligible for consideration.

  • In case of multiple entries made for the same book by more than one publisher, the first received entry would be considered.

  • The submitted book can be written by an author of any ethnicity from any country, which predominantly features themes based on South Asian culture, politics, history, or people. South Asia is defined as India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Burma and Afghanistan.

  • The author, and where applicable, the translator must be living at the time of the book’s submission.

  • The book must be an original work in English, or translated into English.

  • The book must not be self-published.

  • Books published only in e-book form are not entitled to be entered.

  • Seven hard copies of the entry along with the entry form would be required to be sent to the DSC Prize Secretariat by courier.

  • All entries in the form of hard copies along with the entry form need to be received by the Secretariat between 1st February 2021 and 10th March 2021.

  • The Steering Committee would ratify selection of entries and their decision would be final. All submissions would be treated on a confidential basis.

*Please download the Entry Form, fill in the details, and send us a hard copy of the duly signed entry forms along with the courier containing the books.


Selection Process

The DSC Prize Secretariat must receive all entries for the DSC Prize, accompanied by the prescribed Entry Form, by 5 pm on 10th March 2021.

  • The entries would be scrutinized by the Secretariat and all the books that fulfil the eligibility criteria will be forwarded to each member of the Judging Panel. This Judging Panel comprises 5 eminent members including a Chair. The members of the Judging Panel are nominated with great care by the Steering Committee with inputs from the Advisory Committee and it is ensured that they together represent the interests and creative principles of the South Asian region.

  • On receiving the package of books, each jury member will read and assess all the entries during a period of three and a half months and exchange evaluation reports with other members of the panel. The Judging Panel will announce a longlist of 12 to 15 books for the DSC Prize by end July 2021.

  • Over the next month, the Judging Panel would further deliberate and announce a Shortlist of 5 (or 6) books by early September 2021.

  • The Judging Panel would remain in contact thereafter to finally evaluate the shortlisted entries and announce the winner of the DSC Prize 2021 at the DSC Prize Award Ceremony in October 2021.

  • All the shortlisted authors along with the jury members would be invited for the DSC Prize Award Ceremony. Given the current situation this would most probably be an online event but in case it is an on-ground event, the DSC Prize Secretariat will take care of their stay and travel in economy class. The winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2021 would be announced at this special ceremony and receive an award of US $25,000. If the winning novel is a translated work then the prize money will be equally shared between the author and the translator. It is mandatory for the shortlisted authors to be present at the Award Ceremony.

  • Shortlisted authors and jury members may also be invited to participate in the events and programmes around the Award Ceremony.

  • Longlisted and shortlisted authors and translators, and jury members would need to be available for publicity and events from the stage that the longlist is announced.

  • The winning author would need to be available for media interaction and events organised by the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and the South Asian Prize Events Trust (which administers the DSC Prize) for a period of one year. The objective of these events is to promote South Asian writing and other socially relevant issues that the trust is involved in.

  • All the books submitted as entries by the publishers would be retained by the DSC Prize Secretariat and will not be returned to the publishers.


*Please download the Entry Form, fill in the details, and send us a hard copy of the duly signed entry forms along with the courier containing the books.