Prof. Barbra Naidu Prize for the Personal Essay 2018

Submissions are invited for the Prof. Barbra Naidu Prize for the Personal Essay 2018. This is the sixth year of the contest.

The topic for this year is ‘Friending/Unfriending’.

Entries must come in by 11 February 2018.
Send by email (attach a Word document, please) to
We hope to announce the results by 16 Feb 2018.

As always, there will be prizes in School, College and Open categories.
Anybody can enter!
And you don’t have to rewrite Yeh Dosti or That’s What Friends are For to win the prize.
Just tell us what it’s been like for you.

To read work by previous winners, please click on the links below:

Prithwiraj Mukherjee on Being Multilingual, 2013

Arjun Shatrunjay  on Finding Culture, 2014

Ila Ananya on Living Online, 2015

Siddarth Vodnala on Living Online, 2015

Shefali Mathew on Finding Family, 2016

Drishti Rakhra on Walking, Like Deciphering, 2017

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