SundayHerald Short Story 2015

competition results

SundayHerald Short Story 2015
The annual Sunday Herald Competition, now into its eighth year, has received over 350 entries. This year’s jury comprised editors Keerti Ramachandra, Veena Seshadri and Deepthi Talwar.

Keerti Ramachandra is a teacher by aptitude and training, an editor by default, a translator by virtue of being multilingual, and a tourist guide because of her fascination for Indian culture. Currently a freelance editor for various publishing houses, she cut her editing and translation teeth at Katha, and her translations of short fiction have appeared in Katha Prize Stories among other anthologies. Her translation of a Marathi novel, A Dirge for the Dammed, was shortlisted for the Crossword award this year.

Veena Seshadri is an editor and writer whose work has been featured in publications in India and abroad, and broadcast by the BBC World Service and AIR. She has been awarded the first prize in the British Council, Hindu-Picador and Femina short story competitions, and in the British Council All India Playwriting Competition. She has written two books for children and worked as an editor with children’s magazines such as Chatterbox, Hoot and Toot and Junior Quest. She has also co-authored Chicken Soup for the Indian Spiritual Soul and India: A to Z.

Deepthi Talwar, who has worked in publishing for more than a decade, is currently Managing Editor with Westland Ltd. She has collaborated with  fiction and non-fiction writers, including Rujuta Diwekar, Devdutt Pattanaik, Hussain Zaidi, Anuja Chauhan & Preeti Shenoy. In 2008, she was part of the prestigious Frankfurt Book Fair Fellowship programme that focuses on information exchange and the creation of networks between international publishers.

The prize-winning stories will be published in the subsequent issues of SundayHerald

First prize

Dinesh Devarajan
Story title: Dead Heat
Dinesh is based in Bengaluru and works at Cognizant Technology Solutions as a manager. He recalls that his father introduced him to books when he was six years old, and it’s something he will be eternally grateful for. For humour, he loves the works of Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, P G Wodehouse, Antony Jay & Jonathan Lynn. For serious writing, he pores over Paul Auster, J M Coetzee, Ian McEwan & Haruki Murakami. R K Narayan has also been a huge influence on him. He believes that he is a weekend writer. Dinesh aspires to be a stand-up comedian and is a regular at open mics in the city.


Second prize

Aditi Pant
Story title: Written In Sand
Words are Aditi’s passion, preserve and profession. She teaches English to high school students at Indus international School, Bengaluru.  Her affinity with the written word began early when she read Enid Blyton in grade four and wrote her first poem in grade five. She believes she has come a long way since then, and has found her sanctuary in words, having published poems & articles.

Aditi’s father has always been her first aficionado and critic. Aditi’s family has not only been encouraging, but has also found a way to deal with the days when she is in between an extended writer’s block.
 
Third prize

Nandakishore K N
Story title: Life of PSY
Nandakishore has two decades of experience working in engineering and IT industries. He is currently a research scholar at International Institute of Information Technology, Bengaluru. His hobbies include reading fiction and non-fiction, writing, listening to music, and playing sports. Quizzing and travelling also interest him. His poems, humour articles and short stories have been published in many college magazines.



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