Indian Parashar Kulkarni won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for 2016, for the Asia region.
He was awarded for his politically grounded unpublished short fiction 'Cow and Company'.
He will get a cash prize of 2500 pounds (3835 US dollars).
Parashar Kulkarni is an assistant professor in Social Sciences at Yale NUS College Singapore.
He is one of the five winners of 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Winners from other four regions are:
• 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
Now the regional winners will compete with each other for being selected as the overall winner of the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. This will be announced at the Calabash International Literary Festival in Jamaica on 5 June 2016.
The overall winner will receive 5000 pounds (7670 US dollars).
Other Indian authors, who were shortlisted for the award in the regional shortlist include
• Kritika Pandey for Dirty White Strings
• Sumit Ray for Girdhars Mansion
• Vinayak Varma for Instant Karma