Everyone knows why editors publish books that are not for the likes of you and me: so they’ll have something to enter for literary prizes. But last year saw such an explosion of commercial fiction that publishers are now finding it hard to find anything to enter for the bumper DSC book prize ($50,000). Fearing a flood of entries, the DSC prize committee has limited entries: each publishing house can enter only two books per imprint. Even so, several publishers are dropping out. Random House won’t enter any book as they haven’t published a single piece of literary fiction in the eligible period (April ’09-March ’10). Others, like Tranquebar, are taking a gamble and entering a commercial title.
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