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The JCB Prize For Literature’s 2020 Jury Announced


The jury for The JCB Prize For Literature for the year 2020 has been announced. It’s a Rs 25-lakh award presented each year to a work of fiction by an Indian author. “The Prize aims to celebrate Indian writing, and to help readers across the world discover the very best of contemporary Indian literature. It makes significant awards also to translators, without whose work no reader can appreciate the scale and diversity of a literature written in over twenty languages. Authors shortlisted for the JCB Prize for Literature receive Rs 1 lakh, their translators (if any) Rs 50,000. The winning author receives Rs 25 lakh; if the winning work is a translation, an additional Rs 10 lakh is awarded to the translator.”

The winner of the first edition of the prize was Benyamin’s Jasmine Days translated by Shahnaz Habib. The 2019 winner was The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay.

The jury for the year 2020 features dancer-actor Leela Samson (Chair), author Aruni Kashyap, author and professor Tejaswini Niranjana, playwright and director Ramu Ramanathan, Head of Arts & Culture portfolio, Tata Trusts, Deepika Sorabjee.