Graduate Student Sheela Mahadevan Wins German Writing Competition

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    Sheela Mahadevan with author Ulrike Ulrich at the prize-giving event
3 March, 2017

Oriel graduate student Sheela Mahadevan, who is studying for her MSt in in Modern Languages (German), has won first prize in the postgraduate category of a German writing competition organised by the Institute of Modern Languages Research at the University of London and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

This year's competition invited entrants to write on the theme 'Ich bin ein Migrant' and challenged participants to continue storylines (in German) started by authors Anja Tuckermann (Berlin) and Ulirike Ulrich (Zurich). Sheela chose to continue the story started by award-winning German writer Ulrich, and turned it into a dystopia about migration set in the year 2066. Those fluent in German can read Sheela's entry here. The starting texts (also in German) can be read here.

More details about the competition, including a full list of winners and runners-up, can be found here.

Sheela received her prize on Wednesday 1st March, and had the opportunity to meet Tuckermann and Ulrich (Sheela and Ulrike Ulrich are pictured together above). Sheela was invited to take part in a German creative writing workshop with the authors Ulrike Ulrich and Anja Tuckermann, and this was followed by a reception and prize-giving event at Senate House in London. Here, the prizewinners of each category read aloud their stories in German, and the authors read aloud their stories too, as well as reading from some of their recent novels. Professor Karen Leeder (Professor of German at New College), who was part of the jury for the competition, also attended the event with Sheela.

Speaking of the experience, Sheela said: "I was inspired by the event and plan to continue writing fiction in German in my spare time!"