D.K. Dutt Memorial Award For Literary Excellence

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D.K. Dutt Memorial Award For Literary Excellence 2017

“Since when," he asked,
"Are the first line and last line of any poem
Where the poem begins and ends?” 
― 
Seamus Heaney

“Sometimes what you think is an end is only a beginning.” 
― 
Agatha ChristieDeath Comes as the End

The theme for the 2017 DK Dutt Award for Literary Excellence is Endings and Beginnings, however you wish to interpret the words. The contest will be open for submissions on August 1 and end on Nov 1, 2017.

This is the last time we will be running this literary award. It has been an amazing three years and we are delighted at the quality of work this competition has elicited from Malaysian writers; Hanna Alkaf, the winner of the inaugural 2015 award with her brilliant The Tryouts went on to sign her book with Victoria Marini at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency in NY and her novel with be published by an imprint of Simon & Schuster in 2019. Our 2016 winner was the stunning Trail by Bathma Ioshanee, and we are sure that our winners and the talented writers who feature in our anthologies Champion Fellas and Bitter Root: Sweet Fruit, will continue to earn even greater (international) acclaim.

Most of all, we would like to thank you all, writers and readers, for honouring the ideals of D.K Dutt; his love for sportsmanship, his commitment to education, his respect for the written word.

Please submit your best, edited work; we are looking forward to reading the new submissions!