Founded in 2011, Open Road Review has published 300+ writers from 23+ countries. The website has been accessed 3 million+ times, has 5000+ subscribers & has conducted 2 annual writing contests. One of the short fiction pieces published in Open Road Review was shortlisted for the £10,000 Caine Prize in 2014. Run by a team of passionate writers and interns spread across three continents, Open Road Review takes pride in being called a global literary magazine headquartered in New Delhi.
Natural Habitat Preservation Centre (NHP Centre) is a not-for-profit body engaged in developing a framework of diverse, creative and integrated initiatives that aid in cultural progress and social consciousness of communities and are essential indicators for measuring the happiness quotient, growth and success of its members.
Kumaon Literary Festival (KLF) is a flagship initiative of NHP Centre. An independent and not-for-profit annual literary festival held in Uttarakhand, KLF is the first annual international “retreat” and “travelling” literature festival of the country. It is also the first literature festival to be held in a mountain village. Last year, the festival started in Dhanachuli and travelled to Nainital. The first (2015) edition of KLF was an unprecedented success positioning the festival amongst the popular literature festivals of the country. In 2016, KLF will be held in two different locations - Jim’s Jungle Retreat in Jim Corbett National Park and Te Aroha in Dhanachuli. The festival is part of a larger vision to develop Dhanachuli into a model cultural village.
To know more about NHP Centre please visit www.nhpcentre.org
NHP Centre is delighted to partner with Open Road Review Prize.
A corporate and policy lawyer of global eminence, writer, poet, museum curator and a creative entrepreneur, Sumant Batra is the co-founder and curator of NHP Centre. He hasinitiated a number of creativeprojects and programs to promote art, culture, literature and music including,Te Aroha, an award-winning boutique hotel, Chitrashala, a museum of Indian vintage graphic art, Aao Jee Lein Zindagi, an extraordinary initiative to build a community of youth, Kumaon Literary Festival, Dhanachuli Film Festival and many others.
Sumant holds leadership positions in prestigious multi-lateral, global and national organisations.
To know more about Sumant Batra, please visit www.sumantbatra.com
Kulpreet Yadav is a bestselling author, motivational speaker, startup mentor, and Founder-Editor of Open Road Review, the leading ‘Literature + Culture’ online magazine of South Asia. Kulpreet’s latest novel, The Girl Who Loved a Pirate, is India’s first thriller based on marine piracy & hijacking. Passionate about Creative Writing, Kulpreet also mentors aspiring writers at schools and colleges and has spoken at many literary festivals in India & abroad. An ex-armed forces officer, he lives in New Delhi. More at www.kulpreetyadav.com
Vanessa Gebbie is a short story writer, novelist and poet. Her stories have won many awards including a Bridport Prize, and are gathered in two collections published by Salt Modern Fiction. A further collection, A Short History of Synchronised Breathing, is due out in 2017. Author of six other books, including The Coward’s Tale (a novel, from Bloomsbury) and two poetry collections, she is also commissioning and contributing editor of Short Circuit, Guide to the Art of the Short Story, editions 1 and 2 (Salt). Vanessa is Welsh, and lives and works in southern England. She teaches widely. www.vanessagebbie.com
Madhulika Liddle is a novelist and award-winning short story writer. Although popularly known as the author of the Muzaffar Jang series, featuring a 17th century Mughal detective, Madhulika also writes short stories in various genres. Her story, A Morning Swim, won the Overall Prize in the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association’s Short Story Competition in 2003. In 2016, she became the first Indian author to be longlisted for the prestigious Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for her storyPoppies in the Snow. In addition, Madhulika blogs about classic cinema, travel, food and history, at www.madhulikaliddle.com.
Kulpreet Yadav is a bestselling author, motivational speaker, startup mentor, and Founder-Editor of Open Road Review, the leading ‘Literature + Culture’ online magazine of South Asia. Kulpreet’s latest novel, The Girl Who Loved a Pirate, is India’s first thriller based on marine piracy & hijacking. Passionate about Creative Writing, Kulpreet also mentors aspiring writers at schools and colleges and has spoken at many literary festivals in India & abroad. An ex-armed forces officer, he lives in New Delhi. More atwww.kulpreetyadav.com
Jhilmil Breckenridge is a poet, writer and activist who speaks out about mental health, incarceration and abuse. She has just completed her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Westminster. Her poems often worry about issues of feeling lost in a changing world, the immigrant or foreign experience, love and loss and longing, and nostalgia for times gone by. When she is not writing, she is chasing clouds and rainbows with her iPhone.
Rachel Edwards’ passion for reading has fuelled a lot of her professional and private life. She is the Editor in Chief of Transportation Press, Tasmania’s newest publisher. She is a former editor of Island magazine and she produces and hosts the weekly The Book Show on Edge Radio, in the guise of Paige Turner, now in its eight year. She is a regular guest on ABC radio, discussing books and the publishing industry. She has also reviewed for Radio National and Crikey and guest edited a volume of the Review of Australian Fiction which featured Tasmanian authors exclusively. She has worked in bookshops around Australia, most recently as events manager at Fullers Bookshop in Hobart. She blogs at paigelovesbooks.blogspot.com
A resident of Lahore, Pakistan, 23-year-old Momina Masood is a literature graduate with a BS (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Gujrat, Pakistan. Her work has appeared in 3:AM Magazine, The Bombay Review, The Missing Slate and The Bombay Literary Magazine.
Open Road Review Short Story Prize 2015: INR 10,000 ($156 approx.)
JUDGE: Shinie Antony, winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Asia region 2003, and the author of four books of short stories and two novels, was the Judge for the Open Road Review Short Story Prize 2015
Arctic by Nathan Alling Long (Joint Winner of INR 5000): “The narration mesmerises with its attention to detail, characters startlingly alive, and a savage ending that is almost satirical.”
The Deluge by Petra McQueen (Joint Winner of INR 5000): “A haunting story with psychological aspects that brilliantly portray fear, guilt and paranoia in relationships.”
Mama’s Boy by John Biggs (Joint Runner-up): “A touching tale of poverty and racism, and the compromises one makes for survival.”
Twins by Emily Leider (Joint Runner-up): “Snapshot style characterisation catches attention.”
St Lucy’s Day by Stephen O’Connor (Special Mention): “Stands out for dialogues & creation of mood.”
Open Road Review Poetry Prize 2015: INR 10,000 ($156 approx.)
JUDGE: K Satchidanandan, an Indian poet, critic, playwright, translator & literary columnist, who is the recipient of numerous awards and was the Secretary of the Sahitya Academy, the Indian academy of letters, was the Judge for the Open Road Review Poetry Prize 2015.
Open Road Review Short Story Prize 2014: 100$
The first ever Open Road Review short story competition for Indian writers who haven’t had a full-length book published attracted 89 eligible entries.
JUDGE: The winner from the finalists was picked by Manjul Bajaj, the competition’s judge, whose short story collection Another Man’s Wife and Other Stories (Hachette India, 2012) was shortlisted for the prestigious ‘The Hindu Prize for Best Fiction 2013’.
The winner of Open Road Review Short Story Prize, 2014 was Gaurav Deka for ‘To whom he wrote from Berlin.’ He received a cash reward of $100. The prize was sponsored by Shanti Perez, fiction editor, Open Road Review.