JCB Prize For Literature

JCB Prize For Literature


he JCB Prize for Literature was created in 2018 as an annual Indian literary award.  It has been described as "India's most valuable literary prize."  It is given to a noteworthy work of fiction by an Indian writer working in English or a work of fiction translated by an Indian writer.

The JCB Literature Foundation was established by the English construction manufacturing company JCB to support this prize.

Publishers may enter two novels authored in English and two novels translated into English from any other language per imprint.

The award carries a cash prize of ₹25 lakh ($38, 400), a trophy, and a sculpture by Delhi-based artists Thukral and Tagra, 'Mirror Melting.' 

If a winner's work has been translated into English from another language, the translator wins an extra ₹10 lakh. While each of the shortlisted authors receives 1 lakh, and the translators 50,000.

The winners will be announced in November, with shortlists released in October and longlists announced in September.

The first JCB Prize For Literature was awarded to Benyamin for 'Jasmine Days (മുല്ലപ്പൂ നിറമുള്ള പകലുകള്‍).'

List of Recipients

YearRecipientWorksTranslated By
2018BenyaminJasmine Days (M)Shahnaz Habib
2019Madhuri VijayThe Far Field (E)
2020S. HareeshMoustache (M)Jayasree Kalathil
2021M. MukundanDelhi: A Soliloquy (M)Fathima E.V. & Nandakumar K.
2022Khalid JawedThe Paradise of Food (U)
Ne’mat Khana'
Baran Farooqi
2023Perumal MuruganFire Bird (T)
Aalanda Patchi'
Janani Kannan
*U denotes Urdu, * E denotes English, * M denotes Malayalam, *T denotes Tamil


  • The Malayalam novelist who was shortlisted for JCB Prize 2022  Sheela Tomy, Valli (വല്ലി)
    • Translated by – Jayasree Kalathil.
  • Other shortlisted writers for JCB Prize 2022 – 
    1. Geetanjali Shree (Tomb of Sand)
      • The first novel translated from an Indian language to win the International Booker Prize in 2022.
    2. Manoranjan Byapari (Imaan)
    3. Chuden Kabimo (Song of the Soil)
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