An undergraduate student of Delhi University’s Lady Sri Ram College has won an essay competition aimed at initiating a dialogue about South Asian writing among the youth in the city.
Shyamolie Singh, a ­second-year student of the said college, topped the competition with her 1000 word entry titled ‘Changing Identities in Contemporary South Asian Literature’ organised by DSC Prize, a top international prize on South Asian ­literature.
Shyamolie will get a ­certificate of merit as well as an all-expense paid trip to the prize ceremony, scheduled to take place at the Jaipur Literature Festival on January 18, this year. The first runner up, Bhavna Singal, from Gargi College has been awarded a ­certificate of merit, and a token cash prize. Literature students from four Delhi University colleges — Jesus and Mary College, Hindu College, Gargi College and the Lady Shri Ram College for Women, participated in the competition, in which ­contestants had to submit an essay on ‘Emergence and Growth of South Asian ­literature in the last decade’.
The DSC Prize has ­initiatives all along the year including an annual DSC Prize Winner’s Tour, where the winner is taken to select south Asian cities for ­interactions with literary enthusiasts. The prize also promotes south Asian writing by partnering through events at literary festivals.