C Iyengar's first essay was published in Tamil, as a first year at university. She won the State Prize for the best essay that year. Many years, many poems and stories later, her first short story was published in SilverKris, the Singapore Airline magazine, along with a poem in 2002.

After a long break from short stories for adults, she returned home (in a manner of speaking) to short stories in 2017. She slowly has started to find her voice.

C Iyengar won the first prize in the Asian Writer Short Story Competition, announced on 20th October 2018. Her prize winning story is included in the anthology published this year by Dahlia, on a decade long celebration of Asian writing talent in the UK. C Iyengar is proud to be part of a great line-up of contemporary British Asian writers. Buy a copy here.

Her love for theatre led her into writing one-act short plays and radio plays. Her 15-min play Grandfather is Dead was placed 12th amongst 167 entries in The Upsetters takeover. The same play (of course a different version) was longlisted in the Little Wonder Radio Play competition. 

In Feb 2020, Chitra's story Coconut Burfi was shortlisted for the Love Reading Short Story Award. You can read the story here

In April 2020, Chitra won the inaugural Nathan Carr Milivoy Webber Prize for short fiction with her story Hero Naidu.