After Dickens Writing Competition

In the range of activities that the British Council India hosted to mark the 200th birth of Portsmouth’s favourite son, a writing competition for young Indian authors tested the spirit of creativity and tribute to their favourite Victorian novelist – Charles Dickens.

After Dickens online writing competition ran across the  length and width  of India, engaged over 170+ writers between 16-21 years. Submissions ranged from short stories to poetry, reportage and documentary and even accounts of  Mr Dickens’ visit to India and his candid Tête-à-tête with  legends of Indian literature.  Some accounted even candid conversations between Dickens.

Armed with exciting entries, we reached the doors of academic Sajni Kriplani Mukherji. Sajni Di  (as she’s fondly referred to) is a Dickens expert and her appetite of all things Dickens made our vision even stronger.  ”Things are a little   tight Arnab. She said to me as I sipped the hot Darjeeling tea sitting beside her study-cum-work desk. I am occupied with a range of family priorities that are not too pleasant.

I’ll try to finish these within 5 days but if I don’t, then we’ll have to work things out slightly different. I grinned with excitement and nervousness hoping certainly for the best of times and not the worst. But as things go, Sajni di smilingly handed over the entries on the fifth day! Hurray!

As a promise, we bring to you her verdict that goes out to all our contributors and their untiring efforts.

A big ‘thank-you’ to you Sajni Di

We present to you the winning entries from the competition.

Happy reading!

- Arnab Banerjee

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  1. ratankaul

    Hi Arnab, it’s great to know about the ‘After Dickens Writing competition’. congratulations to British Council for hosting such a prestigious online competition that will encourage young writers immensely, and to you for posting this blog.

    I’d like to introduce myself as author of historical romance novel Wings of Freedom ( The novel is set in turbulent colonial India of the early twentieth century with the backdrop of coronation celebration of King George V in 1911, declaration of Delhi as the capital, freedom revolution swirling furiously in the country and the ravages of World war I.

    It’s also featured on goodreads

    You may like to have a look.


    Ratan Kaul
    New Delhi


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