Ubud festival (UWRF) partners with the DSC Prize



The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) has announced a partnership with the world’s leading literary award for South Asian writing, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.

According to the UWRF organisers, the partnership will commence with Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2014, and will involve the commitment to bring each year’s winner to the Festival in Ubud, Bali. In 2014, the festival will host acclaimed author Cyrus Mistry who won the DSC Prize 2014.

Derived from a true story, Cyrus Mistry’s extraordinary DSC Prize-winning novel Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer is a moving account of tragic love affair involving the near invisible community of Parsi corpse bearers whose job it is to carry bodies of the deceased to the Towers of Silence.

“We are delighted that the DSC Prize is associating itself with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival,” said Mr Manhad Narula, one of the founder members of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. “Being one of the leading literary festivals in the region with its focus on South Asia we see a lot of positive synergy in this partnership going forward. The DSC Prize is committed to encourage conversations on South Asian writing and already conducts an annual DSC Prize Winner’s Tour, has associations with literary festivals, educational institutions and cultural centres and has an active college program. I look forward to this new partnership with Ubud Writers & Readers Festival which I feel will be beneficial for both the prize and the festival and most importantly lead to sessions which would be of immense interest for the literary enthusiasts who attend the festival.”

“I am thrilled about this partnership which I trust will be a long and fruitful one, further strengthening the literary bonds in the region,” said Janet DeNeefe, UWRF Founder & Director.

The US$50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature which was instituted in 2010 is one of the most prestigious international literary awards specifically focused on South Asian writing. The uniqueness of the DSC Prize is that it is specifically focused on South Asia and is open to authors of any ethnicity or nationality as long as the writing is about South Asia and its people. It also encourages writing in regional languages and translations and the prize money is to be equally shared between the author and the translator in case a translated entry wins.

The prize is now in its 5th edition and the last four years have had winners from three different countries in South Asia – HM Naqvi from Pakistan (Homeboy Harper Collins, India), Shehan Karunatilaka from Sri Lanka (Chinaman, Random House, India), Jeet Thayil from India (Narcopolis, Faber & Faber, London) and Cyrus Mistry from India (Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer, Aleph India). 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 DSC Prize.