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  • Janice Pariat is the author of Boats on Land: A Collection of Short Stories and Seahorse: A Novel. She was awarded the Young Writer Award from the Sahitya Akademi (Indian National Academy of Letters) and the Crossword Book Award for Fiction in 2013.

    She studied English Literature at St Stephen’s College, Delhi, and History of Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Her work—including art reviews, cultural features, book reviews, fiction and poetry—has featured in a wide selection of national magazines and newspapers.

    She writes a monthly literary column “Paperwallah” for The Hindu BL Ink.

    In 2014, she was the Charles Wallace Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.

    Currently, she lives in New Delhi, India.

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  • Awards

    Boats on Land won the Yuva Puraskar from the Sahitya Akademi and the Crossword Book Award for Fiction in 2013. It was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize.

  • Grants

    Janice was awarded a Swiss Arts Council Fellowship in 2011. She was a SARAI Independent Fellow and Project Fellow at the Department of Language & Linguistics, JNU, New Delhi,

  • Residencies

    Janice attended the Sangam House Residency in 2013 and was the 2014 Charles Wallace Creative Writing Fellow at Kent University, Canterbury, UK from January to April.

  • Contact

    For all book queries please contact Marina Penalva <marina at pontas-agency dot com> OR to contact the author email <info at janicepariat dot com>

So Far


  • Pariat’s stories excavate the mystical and the vulnerable with nuanced, intense text, furtively capturing moods of displacement and stillness. Asian Review of Books
    Janice writes with poise, fluency and lyricism—possessing an acutely strong sense of landscape and its history. Pariat is surely a poet’s prose-writer. Outlook
  • Philosophical without being ponderous and erudite without being show-offish, Seahorse affirms what Boats On Land had announced: Pariat is a major talent. Mint Lounge
    The book has something of the quality of a poem. “Seahorse” has the unmistakable touch of a true storyteller. The New Indian Express

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