Srinagar-born novelist Siddhartha Gigoo on 28 April 2015 won the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Asia region for his work Umbrella Man, a tale of surreal meditation on mental health and the environment.
Gigoo was awarded with the prize money of 2500 pounds. With this victory, Gigoo will compete with the other four regional winners for the 5000 pounds grand prize which will be announced in London on 8 September 2015.
Other region winners are:
• African Region: Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria) for Light
• Canada and Europe Region: Jonathan Tel (UK) for The Human Phonograph
• Caribbean Region: Kevin Jared Hosein (Trinidad) for The King of Settlement
• Pacific Region: Mary Rokonadravu (Fiji) for Famished Eels
About The Umbrella Man
The Umbrella Man presents a surreal meditation on mental health and the environment through its ghostly voice, abstract and philosophical themes and telescopic structure.
The Commonwealth Short Story Prize
• The Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000-5,000 words).
• The Commonwealth Short Story Prize brings stories from new and emerging voices, often from countries with little or no publishing infrastructure to the attention of an international audience.
• Each year, five winning writers from five different Commonwealth regions are selected who share a total prize money of 15000 pounds. Regional winners receive 2500 pounds while the overall winner receives 5000 pounds.
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Who: Siddhartha Gigoo
When: 28 April 2015
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