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India Currents gave me a voice in days I was very lost. Having my articles selected for publishing was very validating – Shailaja Dixit, Executive Director, Narika, Fremont

Thank you to all for submitting your story to Katha Literary Fiction Contest 2016. As the judges can attest, it was a very tough job to identify the finalists. The judging was completely blind. To all the writers who submitted, it is important to keep in mind that a writer is one who writes, researches, records and reflects. So keep writing and keep submitting. Congratulations to all thewinners!

2016 Winners:

First Place: Tea Time by Mallika Padmanabhan

Second Place: It Comes From Uranus by R.K. Biswas

Third Place: Memory of a Fragrance by Jyothi Vinod

Honorable Mention:

Healthy by Iqbal Pittalwala

The End by Gayathri Ponvannan

This year’s judges were Amulya Malladi and Prajwal Parajuly.

Prajwal Parajuly is the son of an Indian father and a Nepalese mother. The Gurkha’s Daughter, his widely acclaimed debut collection of short stories, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. Land Where I Flee, his first novel, was an Independent (London) book of the year and a KansasCity Star best book of 2015. He is the Clayton B. Ofstad endowed distinguished writer-in-residenceat Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. He has been homeless for three years now.

Amulya Malladi is the author of six novels, including The Sound of Languageand The Mango Season. Her books have been translated into several languages, including Dutch, German,Spanish, Danish, Romanian, Serbian, and Tamil. She has a bachelor’s degree in engineering and amaster’s degree in journalism. When she’s not writing, she works as a marketing executive for aglobal medical device company. She lives in Copenhagen with her husband and two children.Connect with Amulya at Her latest book, A House for Happy Mothers, was released in June 2016.

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Vandana Kumar

Vandana Kumar is a publishing executive with a 35-year track record in the industry. She leads the India Currents Foundation as President and CEO. As a new immigrant, she co-founded India Currents magazine...