And I just discover that Saving Maya had made it to the Saboteur Awards long list in the Novella category, and the only Indian author in my category. Had no clue and didn’t even cast my hat around for votes. Thanks Ishaan Jajodia, Vivek Rao and Kausalya Saptharishi for the trust.
This is about the Saboteur Awards, UK, supported by the Arts Council, England:
SABOTEUR AWARDS 2018
Sabotage Reviews was founded in 2010 by Claire Trévien to provide dynamic commentary and reviews of small-scale and ephemeral literature that might not otherwise receive such critical and public attention. The focus is on independent, small-budget literature; poetry pamphlets, short stories and live performance (particularly open mic events and spoken word shows).
Sabotage is representative of the hugely diverse amount of work actually being made and written in the ‘literary ecology’. They stand for inclusiveness and commitment to new voices in literature.
Here’s the shortlist and the longlist:
Best Novella Shortlist
Dead Dogs & Angels by Mickela Sonola (Holland House Books)
How to Make A Window Snake by Charmaine Wilkerson (Ad Hoc Fiction)
The Reactive by Masande Ntshanga (Jacaranda Books)
Seed by Joanna Walsh (Visual Editions)*
Tumours by Chay Collins (Ampersand Publishing)
Gaudy Bauble, Isabel Waidner (Dostoyevsky Wannabee)
El Hacho by Luis Carrasco (époque press)
Love by Hanne Ørstavik, trans. by Martin Aitken (Archipelago Books)
Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones
The Ogress of Reading by Eithne Cullen (new Generation Publishing)
Our Bright Dark Summer by Richard Daniels (Wild Soar Books)
Saving Maya by Kiran Manral (Bombaykala Books)
Sealed by Naomi Booth (Dead Ink)
Water into Wine by Joyce Chng (Annorlunda Enterprises)
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter (Picador)