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Winner of literary prize set up in memory of UCLan lecturer announced

Posted on - 29th May, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston News, UCLan, University campus
Dinesh brought short story writing to communities in Preston and beyond
Dinesh brought short story writing to communities in Preston and beyond

The third winner of a literary prize set up in memory of a Preston lecturer has been announced.

The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction has this year gone to self-published author JE Rowney for her story Protect and Serve.

Dinesh passed away in 2014, aged 47, after complications following surgery.

He was a creative writing lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire.

Read more: A collaborative tribute to Dinesh from those he taught

Comma Press, who Dinesh worked with for many years, set up the annual prize in

Rowney’s short story wins her £500 donated by UCLan and publication in Northern Soul literary magazine.

J E Rowney has won this year's prize
J E Rowney has won this year’s prize

Judges included prolific short story writer Martyn Bedford and the literary editor of Northern Soul, Emma Yates-Badley.

Martyn said: “This story stood out for me on first and second-reading and has lingered in my mind longer than any of the others on the shortlist. It’s written with skill and assurance, establishes a convincingly imagined futuristic world, and manages its storyline supremely well within the word-limit.”

Emma said: “This story was the stand-out winner. I was surprised by the scale of subjects – grief, loss, mental health, healing, our relationship with technology… and glimpses of a very possible future – the author managed to cover in the form of a short story.”

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