Rakesh Nath, a 26-year-old journalist and writer based in Kerala, has won the second edition of the Emerging Writers' Award, an initiative of the Kovalam Literary Festival to recognise young talent in Malayalam language writing.
Nath, hailing from Kottayam, is a short story writer, scriptwriter, poet, cinematographer and a documentary filmmaker.
He has contributed to the collection of short stories "Zero+Zero=Big Bang", written a novel "Njaan Express", and has worked in various publications, Kovalam Literary Festival director and founder Binoo John said here Saturday.
One of Nath's scripts has been accepted by the National Georgraphic Channel.
Last year, the award was won by Sahira Thangal, a young author and poet who writes about social and gender issues. As a professional, she spent several years in Dubai, from where she derived her modern sensibilities.