Good sources of present inspiration include some of the less well known book prizes. The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2016 will announce its short list next Thursday, 26th November. The prize is chaired by journalist Mark Tully and the judging panel also includes Dennis Walder, Emeritus Professor of Literature at the Open University.
The long-listed entries are Amit Chaudhuri's Odysseus Abroad; Neel Mukherjee's The Lives of Others; Aatish Taseer's The Way Things Were; Family Life by Akhil Sharma; Anuradha Roy's Sleeping on Jupiter; Hang Woman by K. R. Meera (translated into English by J. Devika); Minoli Salgado's A Little Dust on the Eyes; Mirza Waheed's The Book of Gold Leaves; Monica Byrne's The Girl in the Road; She Will Build Him A City by Raj Kamal Jha; and Sandip Roy's Don't Let Him Know.
The majority of the books are available in the UK and also in North America, New Zealand, Australia, etc. I think most were originally written in English and one is in translation.
Another prize list worth looking from the last month is The Warwick Prize for Writing. This biennial prize is for writing in any form. Past nominations have included scientific research, novels, poems, e-books and plays. Works can be nominated by any student or staff member at Worwick University, or submitted by publishers. this years theme is "Instinct". The 2015 judging panel is chaired by Warwick alumna and author A. L. Kennedy and also included actress Fiona Shaw. Again, one is in translation, for those who love translated literature.
The winner, Redeployment by Phil Klay, was announced on November 10th. Redeployment was joined on the short-list by We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, Skyfaring by Mark Vanhoenacker, Lila by Marilynne Robinson, Her Birth by Rebecca Goss, A Man in Love by Karl Ove Knausgaard (Translator - Don Bartlett).
All though there is some cross-over with other prizes, including the Booker, these less-headline grabbing prizes are very much worth a look.