Indian Regional novelists can now compete for Man Booker

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Indian authors writing in regional languages will now be able to vie for one of the world’s most coveted literary prizes – the Man Booker International Prize.

The administrator of the prize – Fiammetta Rocco has said that new rules coming into effect from 2016 will greatly help Indian novelists writing both in English and in their mother tongues, to win the award.

In an exclusive interview to TOI, Rocco said “The changed rules will certainly help Indian regional-language writers, both of novels and of short stories, so long as these are published in Britain. More and more small publishers are bringing out fiction in translation here. We hope the prize will encourage publishers to be even bolder about what they bring out in translation. And if we succeed, I certainly expect Indian authors to be among the leading contenders for the prize.”

Read the full story at The Times of India.

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