Indian author and financial journalist Meghna Pant has won the Fellows of Nature (FON) South Asia Short Story Award in Nature writing for her short story ‘People of the Sun’.
The annual travelling literary festival gives this award in partnership with the French Institute of India and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) to revive nature writing and bring the spotlight on critical environment issues like climate change through this form of literature. The award will be presented to her for her short story “People of the Sun” at Kumaon Literary Festival in October 2016.
Her story was shortlisted from over 165 entries received from across South Asia Meghna Pant is Mumbai-based writer. She has penned a novel, “One & A Half Wife” and a collection of short stories called, “Happy Birthday!”. Pant's debut novel One & A Half Wife, published by Westland Books in 2012, went into multiple reprints and won the national literary Muse India Young Writer Award.
The award was established to build a community of writers who can become instrumental in reviving interest in nature writing. Importantly, nature writing was once considered to be the rock and roll of literature. In the last few decades, it has shown a steady decline. The award aims to revive nature writing and brings the spotlight on critical environment issues such as the climate change through this form of literature. At the same time, the award aims to build awareness among public in order to facilitate the conservation of the surroundings.