Shikhandin is the pen name of an Indian writer who writes for adults and children. Her published books, as Shikhandin, include “After Grief – Poems” (Red River, India), “Impetuous Women” (Penguin-Random House India), “Immoderate Men” (Speaking Tiger) and “Vibhuti Cat” (Duckbill-Penguin-Random House India). Prior to that a novel and a short story collection were published. Shikhandin’s honours include, runner up George Floyd Short Story Contest 2020 (UK), Pushcart nominee by Aeolian Harp (USA) 2019, Pushcart nominee by Cha: An Asian Literary Journal (Hong Kong) 2011, Winner 2017 Children First Contest curated by Duckbill in association with Parag an initiative of Tata Trust, First prize Brilliant Flash Fiction Contest 2019 (USA), Runner up Erbacce Poetry Prize (UK), Winner 35th Moon Prize (Writing in a Woman’s Voice: USA), First Runner up The DNA-OoP Short Story Contest 2016 (India), Second Prize India Currents Katha Short Story Contest 2016 (USA), First prize Anam Cara Short Fiction Competition 2012 (Ireland), Long list Bridport Poetry Prize 2006 (UK), Finalist Aesthetica Poetry Contest 2010 (UK). Shikhandin’s poetry and prose have been very widely published worldwide, online and in print.

Shikhandin’s Prose and Poetry have been Included in the Following Anthologies:
  • The Puffin Book of Magic for 8 Year Olds
  • Flipped: School Stories/Sports Stories by Harper Collins India
  • Avatar, Future Press (Italy)
  • A Dying Planet, Flame Tree Press (USA)
  • The Best Asian Short Stories, Kitaab (Singapore)
  • The Stony Thursday Book, The Arts Council of Limerick City, Ireland
  • Eclectica Magazine Best Poetry V1, Eclectica Publishing (USA)
  • Hunger: The Best of Brilliant Flash Fiction 2014-2019 (USA)
  • Ten: The New Indian Poets Edited by Jayanta Mahapatra, Nirala Publications (India)
  • Twenty-Two New Asian Short Stories, Silverfish Books (Kuala Lumpur)
  • Aeolian Harp Series Vol V 2019 (USA)
  • Shimmer Spring, Hawakal Publishers (India)
  • Black Lives Anthology, Nottingham Writers Studio (UK),
  • Hibiscis, Hawakal Publishers (India)
  • Best Indian Poetry 2018RLFPA Editions (India)

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