Posted on 07.01.2021 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Art News with 0 Comments
Sri Lankan author Kanya D’Almeida has won the 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
The Commonwealth Foundation announced D’Almeida’s success in an online award ceremony on 30 June. She is the first Sri Lankan to win the overall prize and the second to win for the Asia region.
The former journalist has won the award for her short story, “I Cleaned The—” chosen out of more than 6000 entries submitted by Commonwealth short story writers.
It is described as a story about domestic labour, abandonment, romantic encounters behind bathroom doors and human waste. It as also a story is about human lives and relationship. The Asia judge, Bangladeshi writer, translator and editor Khademul Islam described her story as a love and life under the Rambutan and Clove trees. He praised the story stating that love can be found not in the stars but on lives disregarded as human waste.