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Kulkarni wins 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Parashar Kulkarni has become the first Indian writer to win the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for his story ‘Cow and Company’. The £5000 (A$9586) prize is presented annually to the best piece of unpublished short fiction, selected from the five regional winners of the prize. Kulkarni’s story takes place in colonial India in the early 1900s and follows ‘four men in search of a cow as part of an advertising campaign for chewing gum’. Judging panel chair Gillian Slovo said Kulkarni ‘has conjured up a large cast and their way of life, and at the same time he has succeeded in exploring serious issues in a way that can make us laugh—and all of this in a few thousand words’. The winning story, along with the other regional winners, has been published in Granta. For more information about the prize visit the Commonwealth Writers website.


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