Mumbai-based freelance writer Annie Zaidi was awarded winner of $1,00,000 Nine Dots Prize for the year 2019. She was awarded for her her entry easy ‘Bread, Cement, Cactus’. Her essay combines memoir and reportage to explore concepts of home and belonging rooted in her experience of contemporary life in India, where migration – within the country, especially from villages to cities – is high. Her book based on her Nine Dots Prize-winning essay will be published by Cambridge University Press in May 2020.
About Nine Dots Prize
- It is a book prize awarded for creative thinking that tackles contemporary societal issues. Its name reference nine dots puzzle means lateral thinking puzzle which can only be solved by thinking outside box.
- It is sponsored by Kadas Prize Foundation with support from Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Press.
- Criteria: Entrants are asked to respond to a question in 3,000 words, with the winner receiving US$100,000 to write short book expanding on their ideas. All those 18 years of age and over are eligible for it. The question for year 2019 was “Is there still no place like home?”