Crooked Lines

The Department of English at Shiv Nadar Institution of Eminence announces its inaugural annual short story competition for young writers - CROOKED LINES.
We invite Indian residents between the ages of 16 and 18 to unlock the farthest nooks and crannies of their minds and pen a riveting story with all the elements of an unforgettable narrative.
Choose a topic you love and write your best story for the opportunity to win exciting cash prizes. Begin your application process today.


  • Authors must be between 16 to 18 years of age as of the final submission date.
  • A Government of India-issued identity document must be scanned and uploaded as identity proof by contestants. The competition is open only to Indian residents/citizens.

Important Dates

1 June 2023 - Call For Submission Open

15 August 2023 - Submission Deadline

26 October 2023 - Shortlist Announcement

25 November 2023 - Prize Giving Ceremony

The Jury Panel

Prof. Rajat Kathuria
Prof. Kathuria is the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and a Professor of Economics at Shiv Nadar IoE. With over 20 years of teaching and 25 years of experience in economic policy, he has worked with various prestigious organizations including the World Bank and the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). Prof. Rajat has extensive research interests in regulation, competition policy, and has published in international journals and popular publications. He holds degrees from renowned institutions such as St. Stephens College, Delhi School of Economics, and the University of Maryland, College Park.

Shivani Mutneja
Shivani Mutneja is a Visiting Faculty at Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, Pune. Her literary works, including poems and prose, have been featured in esteemed publications such as Nether Quarterly, Jellyfish Review, Two Serious Ladies, and decomp Journal. As the Associate Fiction Editor at The Bombay Literary Magazine, she plays a crucial role in shaping the literary landscape. Currently, Shivani is engrossed in her debut novel, which has been selected for the mentorship program by Asian Women Writers, showcasing her promising talent and dedication to the craft. 

Trisha De Niyogi
Trisha De Niyogi is the COO and Director at Niyogi Books, a leading independent publishing house in New Delhi. With extensive experience in the publishing industry, she has been recognized as a fellow of the Istanbul Fellowship Program 2020. Trisha is a sought-after speaker at literary festivals and forums, sharing insights on publishing, and contributing columns on Indian publishing to various journals and newspapers.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Trisha is a passionate reader, music lover, and cultural enthusiast. She is skilled in Bharatnatyam dance and piano playing, showcasing her artistic versatility. Additionally, she serves as an advisor to organizations such as Heritageshaala, a heritage and education initiative, Purple Pencil Project, dedicated to promoting Indian literature, and Belongg, a platform promoting diversity and inclusion. Trisha holds degrees in Mathematics, Economics, Art History, and Business Administration. versatility.

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