Short Story Contest

Karoor Neelakantan Pillai short story contest for the young
Ministry of Co-operative Department of the Kerala Government in association with Sahitya Pravarthaka Co-operative Society (SPCS) is organising a short story contest in memory of the founder secretary of SPCS, Mr. Karoor Neelkantan Pillai. The contest will be held at the venue of International Book Fair being held from 1 – 11 March 2018 at the Marine Drive Grounds and also at Bolgatty Palace, the venue for the International Festival of Books & Authors.
Everybody aged between 18 – 40 years of age can participate in the contest. Stories that have been unpublished so far or published after December 2017 are the ones considered for the contest. The prize money for the final winner is Rs.1, 00,000/-(Rupees One lakhs). The 2nd and 3rd winners will receive a prize money of Rs.50, 000/- & Rs.20,000/- respectively. The prizes will be awarded at the International Festival of Books & Authors to be held in March 2018.
The stories have to be e-mailed before 20th February 2018 to Alternatively it can mailed to the below address.
Karoor Neelakantan Pillai Short Story Contest 2018
C/O International Festival of Books & Authors,
Aksharamandiram, Marine Drive, Shanmugam Road, Ernakulam – 682 011


Don’t be under the impression that ‘Krithi Food Fest’ is just another eating place for 10 days. The Fest will satisfy not just your sense of taste, but is going to provide enough ‘Food for Thought’ as well. You are going to experience the vast diversity in our Nation’s food culture as various cuisines from different states will be at your plate. You are also going to know how these diversities evolved and what binds the foodies in one single thread despite these diversities, as ‘Food’ is one of the subject domains of the associated Literary & Knowledge Festival. ‘Krithi’ respects everyone’s sense and choice of food. Well, no more talking as the ‘ Taste of the pudding is in the Eating’.


An Art & Cultural extravaganza with the theme of “secular cultural spaces” would fill the Fair evenings with artistic fervor. Performances by stalwarts from the streams of music, theater, film and dance, would be a delight to cultural enthusiasts. Art & cultural forms that transcends borders of religion, cast & creed would be the focus of Krithi Art Fest. Creations that have drawn inspiration from legendary literary works, would be the hallmark of the Fest.
Day 1 1st March 2018, 18:00 Dances of Kerala by Dharani School of Performing Arts, Ernakulam
    Mohiniyattom, Ganeshavandanam, Oppana, Parichamuttukali
    MargamKali, Malabar Kolkali, Thiruvathirakali, & Seethangalthullal
Day 2 2nd March 2018, 18:00 Natan Pattukal & Manaveeya Ganangal by Manaveeyam Theruvorakootam Thiruvananthapuram
Day 3 3rd March 2018, 18:00 Malayalam Drama – BEGUM PANIKER by Ramesh Varma
Day 4 4th March 2018, 18:00 Kathakali – Nalacharitham Onnam Divasam
    Kalamandalam Gopi Asan, Kalamandalam Shanmughan, Kalamandalam Champakara Vijayakumar, Kalamandalam VIpin, Kalamandalam Adhityan,Kalamandalam Praveen
    Vocal: Pathiyoor Sankarankutty, Kottakal Madhu, Kalamandalam Vishnu
    Chenda: Kalamandalam Unnikrishnan, Gopikrishnan Thampur
    Madhalam: Kalanilayam Manoj, Kalamandalam Vineeth
Day 5 5th March 2018, 18:00 Gazal & Old Malayalam Songs by Sony Sai
  5th March 2018, 19:00 Sulaimante Payakkam Parachilukal by Binoy Nambala
Day 6 6th March 2018, 18:00 Violin Concert by Sangeethakalanidhi M. Chandrasekharan & Bharathi Chandrasekharan
    Mridangam: Balakrishna Kamath
Day 7 7th March 2018, 18:00 Nangiar Koothu – ‘Poothana Moksham’ by Usha Nangiar
    Mizhavu : Kalamandalam Naryanan Nair, Kalamandalam Rajeev, Edakka: Kalamandalam Unnikrishnan
Day 8 8th March 2018, 18:00 Vocal Concert by T. M. Krishna
    Violin: H N Bhaskar Mridangam. N Guruprasad Ghatam:. K Praveen Kumar
Day 9 9th March 2018, 18:00 DHRUPAD SAROD by DEBANJAN BHATTACHARJEE accompanied by NISHAANT SINGH on Pakawaj
Day 10 10th March 2018, 18:00 AGAM Band, Bangalore