Book Reading

Awards Categories

Best Fiction

The AutHer Award for Best Fiction recognises and celebrates the best and most original writing in the form of the full length novel.

Best Non-Fiction

The AutHer Award for Best Non-Fiction recognises original full- length books of narrative non-fiction written by women. It includes writings with a social message, biographies, self-help, true crime, and books of history.

Best Children’s Author

The AutHer Award for Best Children’s Author recognises the most outstanding contribution to literature for children and youth.

Best Debut Author

The AutHer Award for Best Debut Author recognises the best first full-length novel or first original collection of short stories by an author.

Popular Choice

Popular choice recognizes the most loved story by avid readers. It invites the audience to vote for books by their favourite women author.

How to Participate?

01. The Brief

Publishers can nominate women authors by filling the form titled ‘For Publishers‘. Only english language books are accepted for entry.
Women Authors who have a minimum of one book published can self-nominate by filling the form titled ‘For Authors & Friends‘.

02. Submit your entry

Once you fill up the form, upload the documents as mentioned in the form and submit the form. Do ensure to upload a 2-3 page excerpt from the book as well. You can thereafter upload multiple entries for different categories and for multiple books. Fill the form to the best of your knowledge.

03. Wait for us to get back

Once the deadline for the submissions is over, our selected team will shortlist and judge the entries. If your book is shortlisted, you will be contacted and you might be required to send a hard copy of the book. Spread the word and encourage more and more women authors to participate.


Submissions Open: 18 Oct, 2020
Deadline: 16th Dec, 2020
Evaluation: Dec – Feb, 2021
Awards Night: To be announced

If you are a publisher: If you would like to nominate an author in more than one category, or would like to nominate more than one book or nominate more than one author – you must fill the form multiple times to fulfill the requirement. Publishers can nominate authors for Best Fiction, Best Non-Fiction, Best Children’s and Best Debut categories.

If you are a woman author / friend: If you would like to nominate yourself or an author in more than one category, you can fill the form more than one time, selecting the desired category. Authors can be nominated for Best Fiction, Best Non-Fiction, Best Children’s, Best Debut for Popular Choice Award category.

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About the Awards

JK Paper and The Times of India have joined hands to bring to you, India’s most coveted women author awards.

The awards will be a celebration of contributions of women authors who have, despite all the biases added value and creativity to this space. We wish to acknowledge and award such women authors so that more and more women take up writing and pen that first story and feel proud of their accomplishment.

Let us no longer hide behind pseudonyms and create the respectful space that women authors deserve.

Let’s celebrate the art of story-telling and encourage women authors to express their creativity and fondness of writing and give them a platform to be recognised.

After a very successful first edition which saw more than 800 entries across 6 awards categories, immersive multi – city book reading sessions, and more than 30 eminent personalities getting associated in the awards journey, JK Paper and The Times of India proudly present the 2nd edition of Auther Awards.


Executive Editor, columnist and writer with The Times of India
Festival Director – Times Litfest & Write India

Literary Director - Auther Awards

As Director for Write India, Vinita fronts a movement to identify and launch new writing talent.
Vinita is also the Festival Director of Times Literature Festivals.
She has launched several cutting edge editorial products that specialize in societal trends, dialogues on relationships and life commentary.
Vinita’s Sunday column in the Times of India, ‘O-zone’, is an ongoing commentary on contemporary living.
Her books include the bestselling It’s Your Life: Reflections on Contemporary Living & Relationships, Love is Always Right & Other Musings and Fashion Fair: The Journey of 13 Contemporary Designers. She edited Write India Stories, which launched several new winners of Write India as published authors.

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