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Twist & Twain Short Story Contest 2020-21

Twist & Twain is holding its 2nd short story contest open internationally to new and established writers aged 18 years or over. We wish to unearth spectacular new voices and encourage new writing. The last date of submission is 15 August 2021 and the winners will be announced by December 2021.

1st PrizeRs. 25,000 or $300 approx.
2nd PrizeRs. 15,000 or $180 approx.
3rd PrizeRs. 10,000 or $120 approx.

The Jury

Ernest Brawley

Ernest Brawley is a novelist and Hollywood scriptwriter. His novel The Rap has been adapted into the Hollywood movie Fastwalking starring James Woods and another novel Selena was purchased by Twentieth Century Fox. Ernest has also written two original movie scripts, The Dressing Of The Dead for writer/producer George Gonneau and The Northmen for producer Jeff Goldman. Other scripts ready to be made into motion pictures are Jihadi Joe, Streetlight and Love Has No Country. A widely travelled writer, Ernest Brawley visited India in the 1960s and was a former member of the United States Endowment for the Arts. He received his bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University. He is from California, United States.

Dhruba Hazarika

Dhruba Hazarika is a highly experienced writer with numerous short stories to his credit. His novels A Bowstring Winter and Sons of Brahma and his collection of short stories titled Luck were published by Penguin India. He won the Katha Award (1996) and the DY 365 Literary Award (2014). He is the founder member of the North East Writers’ Forum, an English literary group active in northeast India, and is currently its President. He also maintains a monthly column Vagrant Words in The Assam Tribune newspaper. Born in Shillong in the State of Meghalaya and now living in the city of Guwahati in Assam, Dhruba Hazarika is a former bureaucrat and was placed in charge of the Assam Public Service Commission subsequent to his retirement from the Indian Administrative Service.

Breanne Mc Ivor

Breanne Mc Ivor is from Trinidad & Tobago. She studied English at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh and co-founded People’s Republic of Writing (PROW). She has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the Glimmer Train Fiction Open, the Fish One-Page Prize and the Derek Walcott Writing Prize. In 2015, she won The Caribbean Writer’s David Hough Literary Prize. She has just released her debut collection of short stories titled Where There Are Monsters. She earlier worked at the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago and now works at Massy Technologies InfoCom.

Kaushik Barua

Kaushik Barua works with the International Fund for Agricultural Development, a specialized agency of the United Nations Organization. He has written commentary articles for The Guardian, Open Democracy and The Indian Express; and literary pieces for Pyrta and Kritya. He studied economics at St Stephen’s College and political economy at the London School of Economics. Windhorse, his debut novel published by HarperCollins, won him the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar (the Young Writer Award from the Indian National Academy of Letters). Windhorse has been translated into Italian. His second book, No Direction Rome, was published by Fourth Estate/ HarperCollins. He has worked over the last decade in the development sector, supporting development projects across Asia and Africa. He is currently based in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Kelly Eden

Kelly Eden is an award-winning writer from the beautiful West Coast of New Zealand. She has over a decade of experience in the magazine industry, both print and online, featured in Thought Catalog, Family Times, Tots to Teens, Highly Sensitive Refuge, Natural Parent Magazine and more. She is a top writer on Medium and editor of Inspired Writer: a publication supporting new writers. Kelly mentors and runs online workshops for new writers. She has also worked with many clients, from governmental organisations and professionals, to emerging writers, helping them achieve their content goals. She has worked with new writers developing their Medium articles, children’s novels and picture books, memoir, short stories, and non-fiction. She attended the Christchurch College of Education and University of Canterbury.