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Indian writer Pandey named overall winner of 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Indian writer Kritika Pandey has been named the overall winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her story ‘The Great Indian Tee and Snakes’.

Pandey’s story explores forbidden love, and the relationship between a Hindu woman and a Muslim man, set against the backdrop of a tea seller’s stall. Pandey receives £5000 (A$8975).

Now in its eighth year, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize covers the Commonwealth regions of Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Pacific and the Caribbean. The 2020 prize received over 5000 entries submitted from 49 Commonwealth countries; the regional winners were announced earlier in the year.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Australian writer Andrea E Macleod was named regional winner for the Pacific for her story ‘The Art of Waving’. For more information about the this year’s prize, and the overall winner, see the website.


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