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Anuja Varghese

Anuja Varghese is a writer, editor and book reviewer living in Hamilton, Ontario. Varghese earned a degree in English from McGill University and is pursuing a Creative Writing Certificate from the University of Toronto.

Fiction (Short stories)

Chrysalis: Stories

Toronto: Astoria, 2023.
PS8643.A765 C47 2023

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Genre-blending stories of transformation and belonging that centre women of colour and explore queerness, family, and community.

A couple in a crumbling marriage faces divine intervention. A woman dies in her dreams again and again until she finds salvation in an unexpected source. A teenage misfit discovers a darkness lurking just beyond the borders of her suburban home.

The stories in Chrysalis, Anuja Varghese’s debut collection, are by turns poignant and chilling, blurring the lines between the real world and worlds beyond. Varghese delves fearlessly into complex intersections of family, community, sexuality, and cultural expectation, taking aim at the ways in which racialized women are robbed of power and revelling in the strange and dangerous journeys they undertake to reclaim it.

Awards and Honours

2023 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ2S+ Emerging Writers (Writers’ Trust Canada)(Winner)
2023 Governor General’s Literary Awards–Fiction, English (Winner)
2024 Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize–Literary Fiction (Finalist)


Queer Little Nightmares: An Anthology of Monstrous Fiction and Poetry.

Edited by David Ly and Daniel Zomparelli.
Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2022.
E-book (Access restricted to members of the university community)

Varghese, Anuja. “The Vetala’s Song.” In Queer Little Nightmares, ed. by David Ly and Daniel Zomparelli.


Anuja Varghese personal website

Publisher House of Anansi Press, publisher of the Astoria imprint