I started writing fiction at a very young age, and have been very fortunate to have achieved a small bit of recognition for my work. I'm proud to list the following honours that have been awarded to my fiction:
- 2003 - nominated for the Journey Prize for short story, "A Memory of Flowers and Coconut"
- 2000 - Guyana Prize (national book award of Guyana) for Best First Work, for Sweet Like Saltwater
- 2000 - Honourable mention in Katha Indian-American International Fiction Contest for short story, "Motherland"
- 1995 - 1st place, Canadian Authors' Association National Literary Competition for short story, "In Flight"
- 1995 - Hart House (University of Toronto) Literary Prize for short story, "In Flight"
- 1993 - Hart House (University of Toronto) Literary Prize for short story, "Far From Family"
- 1985 - Honourable mention in Permanent Trust National Literary Contest for short story, "Seasonal Youth"
In 1996, much to my surprise, my short story, "Motherland", was used by the Mississauga Board of Education as an anti-racism education tool. I've since learned that my books and stories are being taught in a variety if University classes. The following is a list of the ones of which I'm aware. If you know of other Universities using my books or stories in their curricula, please let me know.
- Cornell University
- Ryerson University
- University of New Brunswick
- York University
Arts funding is never great at the best of times. I've been lucky to have received the following literary grants:
- 2002 - Ontario Arts Council Writers' Reserve Grant
- 2001 - Canada Council for the Arts Professional Creative Writers' Grant
- 2000 - Toronto Arts Council Level-2 Grant
- 1998 - Ontario Arts Council Writers' Reserve Grant
I've been proud to give back to the community where I can, most visibly by judging Arts and Writing competitions, such as:
- Hart House (University of Toronto) literary contest (2010)
- Speak-Out Slam Poetry contest (July/2009, Nov/2009)
- The Katha Indian-American Fiction contest (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
- The Derek Walcott writing contest in Trinidad (2005)
- Awards jury of the Ontario Arts Council (2000)
Divine Elemental, TSAR Publications (Toronto, 2003, ISBN: 1894770080)
|Sweet Like Saltwater,
TSAR Publications (Toronto, 1999, ISBN: 0920661777)
Destroyer of Worlds, yet unfinished
Folktales of Ancient India, yet unpublished
While I am enormously proud of both my novel and my body of non-fiction work, I consider myself to be primarily a short story writer. The short story as a viable form could not exist in the modern world without the help of literary magazines. I'm proud to list some of the magazines that have been gracious enough to have published my works:
Deonandan's short story, "King Rice" appears in The Bowling Was Superfine, (Peepal Tree Books, 2012, ISBN:9781845230548).
Deonandan's short story, "Lords of Izzat" appears in Beyond Sangre Grande, (TSAR Books, 2011, ISBN:9781894770668).
Deonandan's short story, "Midnight Shift" appears in Toronto Noir, (Akashic Books, 2008, ISBN-13: 978-1-933354-50-7).
Deonandan's short story "Destroyer of Worlds" appears in Desilicious, Arsenal Pulp Press (Toronto, 2003, ISBN: 1551521547 ), a collection of South Asian erotic literature.
Deonandan's short story "Motherland" appears in Bolo!Bolo! The Kitchen Table Collective, (Toronto, 2000), a collection of writings by second generation South Asians living in North America.
Deonandan's short story "Far From Family" appears in Jahaji, TSAR Books (Toronto, 2000, ISBN: 0920661882), an anthology of Indo-Caribbean literature. Reviews are available here and here.
Deonandan's short story "The Reef" appears in North of Infinity, Mosaic Press (Toronto, 1998, ISBN: 0889626340), an anthology of Canadian science-fiction.