The shortlist for regional sections of the 2010 Commonwealth Writers' Prize has been unveiled, opening the race for the accolade's overall winner.
Authors writing in English from any Commonwealth country are eligible for the prize and six have been chosen from the competition's four regions. The final winner will be named on April 12th.
Summertime by J.M. Coetzee and Charlotte Grimshaw's Singularity are among those nominated in the South East Asia and Pacific section, while The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Mark Behr's Kings of the Water are in the Africa category.
Anne Michaels' The Winter Vault and February by Lisa Moore are running in the Caribbean and Canada accolade and Solo by Rana Dasgupta and Aamer Hussein's Another Gulmohar Tree are in the South Asia and Europe shortlist.
Commonwealth Foundation director Mark Collins commented: 'The Commonwealth Writers' Prize is distinct and unique in that the books that win often have strong insight, spirit and voice about the incredible diversity, history and society of the Commonwealth.'
Last year, the prize was won by Australian Christos Tsiolkas for The Slap.
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