Saturday, November 14, 2015

The shortlist for the 2015 DNA-OUT of PRINT Short Fiction Special

Violence manifests in frightening ways as perceptions of rationality shift and erode. Confronted with yet another tragic attack on society just hours before we post the shortlist of the 2015 DNA-OUT OF PRINT Short Fiction Special themed around ‘Erosion’ I am driven to reflect on the role that literature plays in making sense of who we are. We addressed the question in the context of sexual and gender violence in the Editorial Note of the March 2015 issue of Out of Print. In her weekly column in the Bangalore Mirror, former Out of Print editor, Samhita Arni has been examining why writers write. At the Chandigarh Literature Festival, where Out of Print held a writing workshop last week, the politics of the responsibility of writers and of literature was keenly evident, particularly when Nayantara Sahgal was wildly and publicly attacked during the opening ceremony of the festival.
The impact of fiction on the way society thinks and acts lies in its ability to set a cultural tone that, in the long term, must have an influence. This is, of course, most significant when writing is strong, stories well crafted, and when subtlety and nuance layer the work.
With that in mind, we are pleased to announce the shortlist of the 2015 DNA-OUT OF PRINT Short Fiction Special. The 17 stories, listed below in order of submission date are brave and bold and deal with the theme, Erosion, in complex and interesting ways. Congratulations to all the writers on the shortlist!
Every story on the longlist was read multiple times by each of the Out of Print editors before we determined the stories that made it to the next level. We thank all the authors on the longlist for sending us their interesting and well-considered work and wish the writers on the shortlist luck for the next stage.
The winner and four finalists of the 2015 DNA-OUT OF PRINT Short Fiction Special will be announced on Sunday, November 22, and their stories will appear in the DNA supplement, Just Before Monday.

Out of Print Editors: Indira Chandrasekhar, Leela Levitt, Ram Sadasiv
Dipika Mukherjee
Indu Suryanarayan
Mathangi Subramanian
Sowmya Aji
Farah Ahamed
Suresh S
Abha Iyengar
Trisha Bora
Nabina Das
Pravin Vemuri
Meghna Pant
Kanchana Doraiswamy
Zui Kumar-Reddy
Devika Rajan
Tanuj Solanki
Prashila Naik

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations to all the writers. Thanks to DNA and Outofprint magazine for the competition and encouraging writers.
    Vijay Medtia.