Birmingham-based publisher Tindal Street Press has two authors shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Writer's prize.

Anthony Cartwright is up for Best Book in the South Asia and Europe region for Heartland, a contemporary fiction weaving together football and far right politics in a multicultural Black Country town.

Mez Packer's Among Thieves is shortlisted for Best First Book in the South Asia and Europe region. The countercultural thriller moves from 2-Tone Coventry to Spain, Albania and India.

The regional finalists will be announced in Asia with the two overall winners announced on April 12 in Delhi.

Meanwhile, Gaynor Arnold has been longlisted for the Le Prince Maurice Prize for literary love stories for Girl In A Blue Dress, a thinly-veiled account of Charles Dickens' life told from the perspective of his estranged wife.

The shortlist will be revealed this month and the winner declared in June.

If any of the three triumph it will continue Tindal Street's hot streak which started in the New Year with the news that another of its authors, Raphael Selbourne, had won the 2009 Costa First Novel Award for Beauty.