GUWAHATI: Writer Aruni Kashyap has been selected as a jury member for JCB Prize for Literature.
The award carries a prize of Rs 25 lakh to the winner, and Rs 1 lakh each to the shortlisted authors.
JCB Prize for Literature, tweeted, "A writer and translator,@AruniKashyap is known for challenging the ideas of linguistic and ethnic stereotypes and sexuality. His books include 'His Father's Disease and Other Stories', 'The House With a Thousand Stories', & 'Noikhon Etia Duroit'. (1/2) #MeetTheJury #TheJCBPrize."
The date for submissions have been pushed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
"In sight of the COVID-19 pandemic, the entry deadline for the JCB Prize for Literature has been extended till the 31st of May. Since the entry process is online we would still urge our publishers to head over to our website to get started," reads an official tweet
According to Kashyap's bio: Aruni Kashyap is a writer and translator. He is the author of His Father's Disease and Other Stories (Context/ Westland Books, 2019) and the novel The House With a Thousand Stories (Viking/ Penguin Random House, 2013). He has also translated from Assamese and introduced celebrated Indian writer Indira Goswami's last work of fiction, The Bronze Sword of Thengphakhri Tehsildar (Zubaan Books, 2013). He won the Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship for Creative Writing to the University of Edinburgh, and his poetry collection, There is No Good Time for Bad News (Future Cycle Press, 2021) was a finalist for the 2018 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize and 2018 Four Way Books Levis Award in Poetry. His short stories, poems, and essays have appeared or forthcoming in The Oxford Anthology of Writings from Northeast, The Kenyon Review, The New York Times, The Guardian UK, the Hindu, Evergreen Review, Karthika Review, Juked, Sin Fronteras Journal, Stonecoast Review, The Atticus Review, and others. He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Georgia, Athens.
He also writes in Assamese, and his first Assamese novel is Noikhon Etia Duroit (Panchajanya Books, 2019).