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Two Pakistani authors namely Kamila Shamie and Mohsin Hamid are contesting for a DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018 which is worth $25,000, chosen from a record number of entries.

Kamila Shamsie is shortlisted for her Women’s Prize for Fiction-winning novel Home Fire, while Mohsin Hamid is in the running for his fourth novel, Exit West. The same book was shortlisted for 2017’s Man Booker, and was counted by Barack Obama among his top 10 reads of 2017.

The prize revealed its six-strong shortlisted authors at a special event at the London School of Economics and Political Science on Wednesday evening and later announced it on Twitter.



Apart from the Pakistani authors, the other four contending titles are by Indian writers. These include Jayant Kaikini’s No Presents Please, Manu Joseph’s Miss Laila Armed And Dangerous, Neel Mukherjee’s A State Of Freedom, and Sujit Saraf’s Harilal & Sons.

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet in January next year.