06 May 2016 Current Affairs: A Social Science professor from India Prashar Kulkarni has won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for 2016, for the Asia region for his "politically grounded, funny" fiction.
Kulkarni's story 'Cow and Company' about four men in search of a cow was adjudged the 'best piece of unpublished short fiction in English' from Asia and will receive 2500 pounds prize
Set up by Commonwealth Writers in 2012 to "inspire and connect writers and storytellers across world" the prize attracted 4,000 entries from 47 Commonwealth countries in 2016.
Besides Kulkarni three authors from India - Kritika Pandey (Dirty White Strings), Sumit Ray (Girdhar's Mansion) and Vinayak Varma (Instant Karma) were in the regional shortlist.
Commonwealth Writers has partnered with Granta magazine to give regional winners of Commonwealth Short Story Prize the opportunity to be published by Granta online.
Kulkarni, an Assistant Professor in Social Sciences at Yale NUS College Singapore who works at the intersection of religion and political economy said he was encouraged and has been trying to write for many years. Other Regional Winners :
He is one of the five winners of 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Winners from other four regions are:
Commonwealth Short Story Prize :
- Faraaz Mahomed - ‘The Pigeon’ with its playful tone and unreliable narrator
- Stefanie Seddon - Eel, a simply told and moving story of childhood
- Lance Dowrich - comedic ‘Ethelbert and the Free Cheese’
- Tina Makereti - ‘Black Milk’, which impressed with a lyricism that takes the reader into another world while keeping them always on earth
The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded annually for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000 - 5,000 words). The prize is open to Commonwealth citizens aged 18 and over. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is managed by Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation, which was set up in 2012 to inspire, develop and connect writers and storytellers across the Commonwealth.The Prize replaced the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, a roughly similar competition that existed from 1996 to 2011 and was discontinued by the Commonwealth Foundation, along with the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.