The Azim Premji University Short Story Contest for Young Writers 2024

Calling young writers across Karnataka. Send us your best story! Kannada, English, ella okay.

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We, at Azim Premji University, are happy to announce our very first short story contest for young writers in Kannada and English.

Every year, the contest will have a broad theme around which writers are invited to imagine their stories. This story can be realistic, fantastic, or anywhere in between.

In its first year, the writing contest will have two prizes, one for short fiction in English and the other for Kannada. Entering the world of writing is a daunting prospect for many writers, and we encourage young unpublished writers from across Karnataka to apply.


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You are free to interpret this theme in any way. Stories from any genre and style are welcome.


Entries can be in Kannada or English. We welcome all dialects and forms of the Kannada language.

Who can enter?

Any resident of Karnataka (current or past) between the ages of 16 & 25.

Note: Writers who make it to the longlist will be asked to submit a school, college, or other ID to verify age and residence.

What can you write? 

Anything, everything, as long as it is short (1500 to 3000 words) and fictional. We encourage experimentation in form and language!

Expert Judging Panel

A panel of faculty members, published authors, and writing experts will evaluate the submissions based on creativity, originality, coherence, and overall impact.


Announcing the shortlist for the Azim Premji University Short Story Contest 2024:

Congratulations to all the participants — we had some amazing entries. Two winners (Kannada and English) receive a certificate of recognition and book coupons worth INR 5000 each; Four runners-up (two from each language) receive book coupons worth INR 2500.


Winner: Pranav V S for It’s Only Water

First runner-up: Shriya Krishna for An Architect’s Enigma

Second runner-up: Sangamitra D Baskar for What is Dileep Uncle’s Deal?

If you have any queries, you can write to us at writing.​contest@​apu.​edu.​in