I have published three critically-acclaimed novels, Time Is a Fire, The Wages of Life and The Assassinations, as well as edited a well-known anthology of writing on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots entitled 1984: In Memory and Imagination. My last novel The Assassinations was published in November 2017.
I have published several short stories and pieces of nonfiction in the United Kingdom, United States and India. My short fiction has been broadcast over the radio in over twenty countries.
I have also contributed to national and international publications as a writer and a columnist. These include, among others, World Literature Today, Wasafiri, Litro, Ambit, the Dublin Quarterly, New Writing, Driftwood, The Seattle Times, The Hindu, The Times of India, Frontline and Firstpost. A full list of publications is available on my website www.vikramkapur.com
My short fiction has been shortlisted or longlisted in a number of major international competitions including, among others, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (UK), the Fish International Short Story Prize (Ireland) and the Radiobooks Short Story Prize (Radio Netherlands World Service).
I have received several prestigious scholarships and fellowships including, among others, the Vermont Studio Center fellowship (USA), the Canserrat Arts Center residency (Spain), the India-Africa bursary from the University of East Anglia (UK), the Wesleyan scholarship (U.S.A.) and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers scholarship (U.S.A.).
I have been Visiting Writer or Writer-in-Residence at a number of universities including, most recently, IIT Madras, Asian College of Journalism and the University of Heidelberg in Germany.
My experience has taught me that it is important to read as a writer and write as a reader. The creative and the critical are not mutually exclusive. Rather, they are complementary. It is not possible to excel in one while ignoring the other, which is the key lesson I wish to pass on to my students.
Creative Writing, Indian Writing in English, War Literature
2006 Abroad Writers Short Story Competition, Honourable Mention
2008 The Radiobooks Short Story Prize, Honourable Mention
2008 The Commonwealth Short Story Prize, Shortlist
2009 The Aesthetica Annual Creative Works Competition, Shortlist
2014 The Canserrat Arts Center, Support Residency
2018 Vermont Studio Center fellowship for a writing residency at the Vermont Studio Center
2019 Fish International Short Story Prize, Longlist