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The Juggernaut Short Story Prize is an annual short story prize that runs for two and a half months and invites entries from budding writers all across India. We received not only a huge amount of entries, but also really fantastic entries which explored new concepts, wrote in beautiful language and wowed us with their innovation. Eighty percent of uploads on the writing platform are short stories, and we thought it only fair to have a prize to encourage even more of these stories.

The results are out- while there were so many entries that made us think of life and literature in a new way, these three in particular stood out and hence bagged the prize:

 

First Prize- The Glitch by Manish Pathiani

The winning entry, this particular story was the one that we found most gripping and innovative, making it seem like an episode of Black Mirror.

A man sits in a bar and meets a woman, who turns out to be the owner of a startup that produces virtual reality devices that allow you to experience someone’s life in real time, from the bits they choose to show to you. The man agrees to be a beta user, and becomes obsessed with an Indian woman DeeDee who shows him glimpses of her life through the VR device; a glitch in the device however makes him see much more than he could ever wanted to…

You can read the story here .

Manish Pathania is a software consultant by profession and content contributor at the “The Anciet Souls”, a Facebook community for writers. He has published a collection of poems, on Kindle, named “Poems that do not rhyme.” His short stories and poems have been published in efictionIndia magazine, Muse india, The Hans India and The Ancient souls. ‘5 to 9 – Life after work’ is a collection of short stories revolving around people working in the 9 to 5 corporate jobs, but are based on their interactions with world outside of their work. Manish is a freelance public speaker, story teller, adventure sports enthusiast, traveler and a seasoned Toastmaster. http://www.manishpathania.com/

 

2nd prize- Homeward Bound by Vishal Bagaria

Homeward Bound was another stunning read bringing to light the ongoing refugee crisis that never seems to end, and one man’s desperate action. When hundreds of refugees land in a neutral country, out from their own after a scathing drone attack, they are greeted with the coldest welcome from the inhabitants in the sub-zero weather. As they await their passage into a new life, one amongst them shoots down every single port guard with military precision thus compromising their dreams ahead, and thereby seals everybody’s fates together.

You can read the story here .

Vishal Bagaria is has written several short stories and a novel. He is a registered screenwriter as well. A voracious devourer of crime and drama mystery, he often goes on a Goodreads Reading Challenge spree. He considers JK Rowling, Vishal Bhardwaj, Jeffrey Archer among many others as his literary inspirations. He has completed his MSc. in Management from London & currently lives in Kolkata.

 

3rd prize- Girl in the Black Chair by Yash Pawaskar

This was such a thrilling, fast read that we couldn’t stop. Tapur sets out on a solo trip to Ladakh to celebrate her 24th birthday, but never returns. Almost a year later, her twin, Tupur is set to complete Tapur’s unfinished journey. But Tupur’s world turns upside down when she encounters the Girl in the Black Chair.

You can read the story here .

Yash Pawaskar is a published author and a columnist. He works in the content industry and cleans his bookshelf from time-to-time.

 

The best part of an editor’s day is reading all these wonderful stories that are sent to us: so never stop writing, and never stop believing in yourself.

 

Warmly,
Srishti Chaudhary

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