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