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e-Author Version 4.0 e-Author Version 4.0 e-Author Version 4.0 e-Author Version 4.0 and Reader’s Digest are pleased to announce the fourth e-Author of India’s largest online talent search competition. The winner of e-Author version 4.0 is Madhulika Liddle followed by Uma Girish as the first runner-up and Srivi as the second runner-up.

Our heartiest congratulations to top three writers of e-Author version 4.0!

The winning stories have been compiled as an e-book and published at

Madhulika Liddle
She is awarded Rs 50,000 for her stories Woman to Woman, The Mango Tree, A Tale of a Summer Vacation, The Marble Princess and Sari Satyagraha.

She lives in New Delhi, where she works as an Instructional Designer. An avid traveller and reader, she writes fiction in her spare time. Her short stories have won a number of awards, including the Overall Prize in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, 2003, which was awarded for her story A Morning Swim.

Click here to download and read her e-book.

Uma Girish

She is awarded Rs 30,000 for her stories Better Half, Family, Connections, Commercial Break and Kannappan’s Vigil.

She is an internationally published freelance writer based in Chennai, India. Her work has appeared in Christian Science Monitor, Massage Magazine, Women’s eNews, Emirates Woman, Gurlz, Debonair, Wedding Affair, Tots to Teens and The New Writer, among others. Her short fiction for children and adults has won awards. She is currently looking for a publisher for her full-length non-fiction manuscript.

Click here to download and read her e-book.

She is awarded Rs 20,000 for her stories Mahadeva, The Cracked Wall, Anant the Endless, Hands and Train.

She is a writer and a visualiser. She holds a Masters degree with distinction in Fine Arts from Stella Maris College, Madras University. She has designed and illustrated five picture books for children with Katha, Manoj Prakashan as well as enjoyed the challenges that conceptualizing educational material with NCERT brought. She loves working with children and conducts regular workshops in creative story telling, illustration and art and craft.

Click here to download and read her e-book.

Reader’s Digest
will also publish the three winners’ short stories as a special supplement with their monthly issue. The selection of the number of short stories to be published will be subject to the editorial discretion of Reader’s Digest.

The winners were officially handed over the Prize Money at the Awards Ceremony held at Oxford Bookstore Chennai on December 18, 2006.

The Team at would like to thank co-host, Reader’s Digest and the distinguished judges especially for supporting endeavour to find new talent in Indian Writing in English. We also extend our heartfelt thanks to all the participants of e-Author version 4.0 for making the contest a grand success.

We will be back with
e-Author version 5.0 next year!

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Launch Event

e-author version 4.0 being launched at Oxford Bookstore New Delhi on January 27, 2006, writers have ample scope to get their creative juices flowing. Our chief guest, Jairam Ramesh launched the online contest for aspiring writers, which was followed by an interactive session on Emerging Trends in Indian Writing in English with the judges of
e-author version 4.0. The session was enriched by each of the renowned personalities giving their own thoughts and perspective from the field to which they belonged. Gautam Sen, Director of Gandhi-Einstein Foundation, moderated the interactive discussion and concluded the deliberations in a versatile manner. The engaging interaction turned out to be an excellent source of reference for the aspiring writers who comprised the audience at the launch.

Speaking about the e-initiative, Rajiv Chowdhry, Chief Executive Officer, Apeejay Oxford Bookstores Private Limited, said, “Over the years,
e-Author has enjoyed phenomenal success from across the country. This is the only online event in India that has made
e-writing so very prestigious and challenging. We hope the online contest will scale new heights with the launch in New Delhi this time. I welcome all aspiring writers to showcase their talent and be a part of a very innovative contest.”

In their classic style, the editor of Reader’s Digest, Ashok Mahadevan summed up the purpose of e-Author succinctly, “Reader's Digest is committed to good writing - not just in journalism, but in fiction too. And Oxford Bookstore’s e-Author contest is an admirable way to encourage young, talented writers.”


The main idea behind e-Author is to provide a literary stage to budding writers where their talents will be exposed and rewarded. Through e-Author, we hope to :

  • inspire India's next generation of writers to pen down hitherto unexplored themes in Indian fiction and showcase their literary experiments in prose
  • provide a platform to talented authors who are serious about pursuing a career in writing

Our Jury

Ashok Mahadevan - Former Editor, Reader’s Digest
Diya Kar Hazra - Senior Commissioning Editor, Penguin Books India
Jairam Ramesh - MP, Columnist & Author
Kunal Basu - Author
Samit Basu - Author
Swapan Dasgupta - Journalist

Prize Money

The total prize money is a handsome
Rs 100,000* for the top three winners.

Winner – Rs 50,000*
First Runner-up – Rs 30,000*
Second Runner-up – Rs 20,000*

The winning authors will have the privilege of getting their books published online at Reader’s Digest will publish the three winners’ short stories as a special supplement.

* Conditions Apply


Rules and Regulations


Important Dates

The Story So Far

Wise Versa

Launch Event
The Finalist