Geralyn Pinto is Associate Professor and Head, Department of English at St Agnes College (Autonomous), Mangalore. She is an accomplished poet and short story writer. At the 2013 International Shakespearean Creative Writing Contest organized by the Save as Writers group, Canterbury, her story won the Third Prize in an otherwise all-English final. Her poems have been featured in journals published by the University of Leeds and Mahidol University, Thailand as also in Cha: an Asian Literary Journal, among others. “Shot through with Metal”, a poem, was featured in an anthology of prize winning poetry on Human Rights published in October 2013 by the University of London. Geralyn was invited to attend the launch.
Among her other significant achievements were the Runners up Prize in the 2005 Outlook Magazine – Picador (India) Non-Fiction Writing Contest; Special Prizes for two of her stories in the 2008 Unisun-Reliance Timeout Creative Writing Contest, and the First Prize for her short story, ‘Two is Company’ in the 2010 Unisun-Reliance Timeout Creative Writing Contest. Her story ‘Two Flew Over’ on the theme of child labour was one of the three winners of the 2013 International Desi Writers Lounge Contest. In the 2013 Raedleaf Poetry India Contest, Geralyn’s poem ‘Last Crow Summer’ made it to the shortlist. She earned an M. Phil and PhD from the University of Mangalore, was invited last October to deliver a lecture in two sessions at the School of English, Queen’s University, Belfast. More recently she was declared one of the three winners in the 2014 International Desi Writers Lounge Contest for her short story ‘Shanthi Smells of Smoke’. Her story, ‘Field Pumpkin’ has been shortlisted for the 2014 Save as Writers Contest titled ‘The Bigger Picture: Reflections on WWI’, in the short fiction section. Her oeuvre in fiction spans human interest, science fiction, low grade detective fiction, the supernatural and bizarre combinations of the aforementioned. She confesses to a love of elementary mathematics and an addiction to Sudoku. She enjoys housekeeping and cooking with a special emphasis on baking rich chocolate cake. She belongs to the online British writers group, Alibi.