Jerry Pinto wins $1,50,000 Windham-Campbell Prize

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THE WEEK columnist and author Jerry Pinto is among the nine recipients of this year's $1,50,000 Windham-Campbell Prizes announced on March.

The writers—who hail from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, India, and Ireland—were chosen in three categories: fiction, non-fiction, and drama, the Yale News reported on its website. Pinto won the award for his novel Em and The Big Hoom in the fiction category.

This year’s recipients are, in drama: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (United States), Hannah Moscovitch (Canada), and Abbie Spallen (Ireland); in fiction, Tessa Hadley (United Kingdom), C.E. Morgan (United States), and Jerry Pinto (India); and in nonfiction, Hilton Als (United States), Stanley Crouch (United States), and Helen Garner (Australia). The winners will each receive $150,000 to support their work.

Established in 2013, the prizes recognise writers from any country who write in English. They have no submission process, according to the Yale News.

“Writers are judged anonymously and unaware that they are in the running. Most are genuinely surprised when they receive the phone call from Michael Kelleher, director of the prize,” it said.

The prize recipients will gather at Yale in September for an international literary festival celebrating their work. The Windham-Campbell Prizes are administered by Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Read Pinto's column Strange Encounters here

Our world, their world

Cooking up my words

Departures and aarghivals

Don’t take a leaf from my book

Script, drift, short shrift

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