The winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017 will be announced at Dhaka Literary Festival this November.
The festival, which sees a plethora of local, regional, and international writers every year, has been held at Bangla Academy since its founding as Hay Festival Dhaka in 2011.
Entries from publishers came in this February and March, to be read and evaluated by a five-member international jury panel.
A longlist of 12-15 books will be announced in New Delhi in August 2017 with the shortlist of 5-6 books
to be announced in London in September.
Established in 2010, the DSC prize focuses on fiction writing about India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Maldives and Afghanistan.
In the six years since its inception, it has emerged as a leading international literary prize focused on the South Asian region.
Previous winners have been HM Naqvi of Pakistan, Shehan Karunatilaka of Sri Lanka, Jeet Thayil and Cyrus Mistry from India, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Anuradha Roy from India.