The Joao Roque Literary Journal awards

The Joao Roque Literary Journal is pleased to announce the winner of its 'Best in Fiction 2017' award as:

Jessica Faleiro for her short story 'Unmatched' published in issue no. 2.

'A peek-a-boo from the smoke-and-mirror lifestyle of online-dating, written in a simple yet effective postmodern format.' - Rochelle Potkar, longlist judge.

'Fast paced and very tightly written, with not a word to spare.' - Victor Rangel-Ribeiro, shortlist judge.

'Faleiro uses a contemporary issue to structure her story very effectively foregrounding urban isolation against the babel of dissimilar cultural values and expectations, with a pinch of wry humour.' - Gautam Benegal, final round judge.

And the winner of its 'Best in non-Fiction 2017' award as:

Fatima M. Noronha for her memoir 'The Menino will come Tonight' published in issue no. 4.

'Noronha excells in the narrative non-fiction genre with her breathtaking use of literary language.' - Selma Carvalho, longlist judge.

'Brought to mind the spirit that infuses so many Goan family and religious practices, around the world.' - Victor Rangel-Ribeiro, shortlist judge.

'Noronha packs a thumping good read with a wealth of information.' - Gautam Benegal, final round judge.

Both winners will receive a cash award and be invited to a literary evening where their writing will be discussed over tea and cake at Dogears, Margao, Goa in August, 2018. 

Issue no. 6 December 2017


Remedies by Manohar Shetty

The Spirit of Life Must Move on
By Pundalik N. Naik translated from the Konkani by Vidya Pai

Penny by Jessica Faleiro

Sisters by Linken Fernandes

Chabad House by Rochelle Potkar

Mining Gallery by Manohar Shetty

The Dog is Sleeping by Abeer Y. Hoque


Once upon a Christmas by Reena Martins
A nostalgic look at the traditions of Bombay Goans

Bras Sousa: Goan Portuguese Consul in Zanzibar by S. Carvalho
Meeting the great-great grandson of Bras.

The Gates of Chorao by Salil Chaturvedi
An essay in 17 photographs of Goan gates

Book Discussion: Of Crioulos and Poskim by S. Carvalho
A discussion on Wendell Rodrick's book Poskem.

Victor Rangel-Ribeiro and the Short Story by S. Carvalho
The patriarch of the Goan short story

Interview with Bazil Mota by S. Carvalho
Including a slideshow of his impressionist-inspired paintings

Book Review
Ministry of Utmost Happiness
Review of Arundhati Roy's latest novel

Art Gallery
Photos of an exhibition Exposição de Art held in Goa in 1941

Photo above: Wintry England by Selma Carvalho
Photo below: Painting by Bazil Mota


Star gazing: a literary bonanza

It is perhaps fitting that the December issue of the Joao Roque Literary Journal is a bonanza of literary offering from Goan writers. The purpose of founding the journal was to give vent to our literary musings which perhaps don't find an airing as often as they should. Indeed, Goan writers have been writing away, quietly working on their craft and honing it to exquisite pieces of literature which we get to enjoy. As our first year comes to an end, we're happy to have been the platform for such happy sharing of literary works.

I urge our readers to visit each section offering a wealth of imagery in its varied forms, either through words or art or photography. Do not miss the opportunity to view the slideshows and exhibitions on display in this issue from poet Salil Chaturvedi's essay on the Gates of Chorao, to Bazil Mota's impressionist-inspired watercolour paintings, our art gallery which features a Goa exhibition entitled Exposição de Arte dating back to 1941, and the Nigerian-born, Bangladeshi-American writer's photo-poem, The Dog is Sleeping

Please keep those submissions coming for 2018. Slots fill up very quickly so do send us your submissions well in advance. We are now reading for the June 2018 issue. Submissions for the March 2018 issue are closed.

The results of the Best in Fiction and Non-Fiction for the year 2017, will be announced shortly.

Happy reading and writing.



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