Short story 2012

The annual Sunday Herald Short Story Competition, now into its fifth year, has received an overwhelming response from our readers.

This year, we received over 500 entries. In terms of quality, the stories we received seemed to be well above average, thus making it difficult for our judges to pick out the three winning entries.

This year’s jury comprised publisher and author Annie Chandy Matthew, journalist and author Gita Aravamudan, and Samhita Arni, a freelance writer and author.

Annie Chandy is currently spearheading Unisun Publications and the Unisun Creative Writing Competitions. In addition to academic papers and articles, she has published Fireflies in the Dark, a collection of short stories.

Gita Aravamudan’s latest is the 2010 Penguin novel, Unbound: Indian women at work. The Healing, which is her first work of fiction, was published by Harper Collins in 2008.

At the age of eight, Samhita Arni started writing and illustrating The Mahabharata — A Child’s View, which was published in seven language editions and sold 50,000 copies worldwide. Her second book, Sita’s Ramayana, was on the NYT Times Bestseller list for Graphic Novels for two weeks.

The prize-winning stories will be published in the subsequent issues of Sunday Herald.

FIRST PRIZE

Rs 30,000
Parvathi Ramkumar
River Dance


Parvathi is a full-time writer and freelance journalist based in Bangalore. She has a master’s degree in English Literature and a postgraduate diploma in instructional technology, as well as a B1 certification in French from Alliance Francaise. She is interested in creative writing and writes general fiction, children’s fiction and poetry, with an inclination towards fantasy and the surreal. Her other interests include music and
reading.
 
SECOND PRIZE

Rs 25,000
Veena Prasad
Headhunted


Veena lives in Bangalore with her husband and an eight-year-old son. She is a crossword
maker, an aspiring writer and a voracious reader.  A computer engineer by training, she ventured out of that field and dabbled in finance, capital markets and teaching, before taking to writing, which she feels is her true calling. Her greatest gift, she believes, is the ability to discover the world through her child’s eyes, followed by a love for reading.


THIRD PRIZE

Rs 15,000
Tarini Konchady
The Supplement Plan


Tarini is a standard 12 student. When not reading her way out of reality, she enjoys creative writing, listening to music and trying to solve the occasional math problem. Her favourite books include A Little Princess, Purple Hibiscus and anything by James Herriot. She is addicted to reading right from the time she learnt to decipher the alphabet. She plans to study astronomy and physics, with writing on the side.

SPECIAL PRIZE

Rs 5,000
Seena Mary Kurian
The Silent Consent


Being an obsessive reader, Seena Mary devours all books she comes across, and is forever grateful to writers like Charles Lamb, R K Narayan and Ruskin Bond. Nostalgic of a joyous childhood spent in the company of nature, she still looks for solace in the little nooks of greenery left in the urban world. Children also fill her heart with awe and wonder. She is currently pursuing her research on early language development in children. e is currently pursuing her research on early language development in children.

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