US literary magazine 'The Sun' pays Rs 1 lakh to Kerala girl's articles
Wandoor (Malappuram): The American literary magazine 'The Sun' gave Rs 1 lakh as remuneration to a Keralite girl for her articles during lockdown. Liya Shanavas, a plus two student, is the young writer who was honoured by the international publication.
Liya started writing after class 10. During the COVID lockdown, she completed a novel titled 'Okayed' and posted the three chapters in the website called 'Wattpad'. On seeing this, two American publishing companies contacted Liya and informed that they can publish her novel if she paid them an amount. However, Liya turned down their offer.
Meanwhile, John Esley of BookLeaf Publishing called Liya to appreciate her and also sent her the links of two publications, One Story and The Sun. Following this, Liya penned articles titled fear, poverty, work, boyfriend and girlfriend and sent them to both publishing groups.
When One Story rejected her articles, The Sun published her works and also paid her Rs 1 lakh as remuneration. A plus two student of Manjeri Science Institute, Liya wishes to work in the health sector in future. Liya is youngest daughter of Cherukode native Shanavas, an expat, and Rajula.