Lahore-based author Bilal Tanweer’s maiden novel The Scatter Here is Too Great has bagged the 2014 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize.
The award carries a cash component of Rs. 2 lakh.
His novel was picked from a shortlist of six books by a jury of authors Amit Chaudhuri, Aatish Taseer and Mridula Koshy.
All the six books including Tanweer’s have been published by Indian publishers.
Born and raised in Karachi, Mr. Tanweer has published fiction, poetry and translation in various international journals. He was selected as a ‘Granta New Voice’ in 2011. The award will be presented at a function here on December 2.