Himal Southasian has announced Bangladeshi writer Mashiul Alam’s short story “Milk”, translated by Shabnam Nadiya, as winner of their end-of-year short story competition, as per the magazine’s website.
Himal Southasian is a review magazine of Southasian politics and culture, based in Colombo.
“The editors were in complete agreement about our admiration for the story and its elegant translation [to English],” said the announcement, “The story took us on a journey of the imagination, a world unto itself. It is a story with so much of life in it – humans, animals, open fields; a social, a natural and a supernatural world – and yet with an eye for minute details and an arresting turn of phrase. We marvelled that the story is so lucidly told and the translation so seamless and beautiful in its retelling.”
The winners will receive prize money of USD 500, split equally between writer and translator, and their story will be published at the launch of Himal’s new website in the new year.