Finalist for the 2012 Random House of Canada Student Award in Writing

I’m delighted that my short story Bonfire was a finalist in the 2012 Random House of Canada Student Award in Writing. In Bonfire, bloody race riots erupt in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and a newlywed’s survival depends on a husband she hardly knows.

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Last year, my short story, Nimbu Pani was a winner of the 2011 Random House of Canada Student Award in Writing. In this story, set in India, an easy-going family from England moves in next door and Mrs. Marathe develops an attachment to their small girl. The surprising friendship brings about a rapprochement between an emotionally estranged couple. Click here to read Nimbu Pani.

The Judges’ Comments:

Nimbu Pani takes us to India, dropping us inside a complex, formal, and childless marriage. When an easy-going family from England moves in next door, Mrs. Marathe develops an attachment to their small girl. Through this surprising friendship, we learn how and why the Marathe’s marriage has grown into such a roundly unsatisfying arrangement. The colours, tastes and dangers of the setting all play into the story effortlessly–there are no wasted parts here, no excess. Morris leaves the readers with an emotional connection to the characters and their story that is earned through inference, implication, and repetition. Anita Morris is a name I should expect to see again and again.

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