The Novella Spectacular Contest Announcement

Where the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow by Rashi Rohatgi

Congratulations to Rashi Rohatgi, whose novella, Where the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow, has earned the title of The Novella Spectacular Contest Winner. Rashi teaches world literature in the Arctic Circle. For more insight into her work, continue reading below.

What inspired you to write Where the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow?

The Indian city of Patna, on which Chandrapur is based, has so many stories to tell. Amitava Kumar writes about many of them in his excellent A Matter of Rats, but I was inspired by the way in which recent historical romance has really addressed itself to literary decolonization, to write a frothy, rat-free version of the city.

What is your favorite novella? Why?

There are a few classics that are really meaningful to me – if you haven’t read Hesse’s Siddhartha or Larsen’s Passing, definitely do so – but two recent novellas that have become instant favorites are Suleikha Snyder’s Tikka Chance on Me and Sarah Moss’s Ghost Wall, both of which, I realize now, share some of the same preoccupations as Where the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow. Both explore protagonists’ real, enduring ties to places to which white men’s connections are often glorified and others’ effaced.

Closing thoughts from our staff

Thank you so much to everyone who submitted. We had some truly difficult decisions to make and were privileged to read many excellent novellas. We are so deeply encouraged and humbled by the works we received, which prove to us once more that many writers are still very much invested in the novella form. None of this would be possible without writers (and readers) like you.