Announcement of the long list of the SheThePeople Women Writer’s Prize

Twelve novels, including four translated works, are on the long list of the inaugural SheThePeople Women Writer’s Prize.

Among the shortlisted books are A death at Shonagachhi (Rijula ​​Das), A mirror made of rain (Naheed Phiroze Patel) Swan Brotherhood (Selma Carvalho) The Begum and the Dastan (Tarana Husain Khan) The blind matriarch (Namita Gokhale) The Illuminated (Anindita Ghose), The women who forgot to invent Facebook and other stories (Nisha Susan) and What we know about her (Krupa Ge).

The translation works listed are A green bird with a red neck (Ambai, translator GJV Prasad), Baby Doll: Stories (Gracy, translator Fathima EV), Budhini (Sarah Joseph, translator Sangeetha Sreenivasan), and The loneliness of Hira Barua (Arupa Patangia Kalita, translator Ranjita Biswas).

The prize carries a prize money of Rs 50,000. In the case of a translated work, the prize money will be shared equally between the writer and the translator.

The shortlist will be released later this month and the winner will be announced in March.

Instituted by New Delhi-based women’s platform SheThePeople, novels and short story collections featuring female protagonists and written by Indian female writers residing in India are eligible for the award.

Selected by a demanding jury of Preeti Gill, G Sampath and Lakshmi Subodh, the long list reflects individualistic interpretations of the times we live in, said award mentor Shashi Deshpande.

On the importance of the prize, the prize’s founder, Shaili Chopra, said, “I think we need to read more women’s writings and understand and assimilate the stories told by women. We also need to champion more Indian women writers, whose writings bring new and inclusive elements to the idea of ​​writing.

According to the award’s curator, Shinie Antony, “The Long List is essential reading. They are compelling stories, written and translated with the warmest authenticity.

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