A first time author, one previously nominated for the Booker, two authors in translation and two from one of India’s youngest publishing house—the JCB Prize for Literature’s inaugural shortlist of five makes a chronicle of the best of Indian writers and writing.
JCB Prize 2018 is India’s richest literary prize that carries a purse of Rs 25 lakh. The prize is organized with the intention of recognising a “distinguished work of fiction by an Indian writer”, is open to novels originally written in English as well as translations from other languages and comes with a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh for the winning author and Rs 5 lakh for the translator, if the winner is a translated work. THE award has declared its short list that includes Benyamin and Perumal Murugan.
The short list:
Half the Night is Gone by Amitabha Bagchi
Jasmine Days by Benyamin (Translated by Shahnaz Habib)
Poonachi by Perumal Murugan (Translated by N. Kalyan Raman)
All the Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy
Latitudes of Longing by Shubhangi Swarup
The final announcement of the winner of 2018’s JCB Prize for Literature is slated to be made on 24 October.