Auther Awards Winners

Women Auther Awards – Awards Night

The Shortlist

The Longlist

About the Awards

JK Paper and The Times of India joined hands in 2018 to bring to you, India’s most coveted Women AutHer Awards. 

The awards are 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. 

The last 3 editions have seen more than 3000 entries across 6 awards categories, and immersive multi–city book reading sessions (physical and virtual). With more than 60 eminent personalities being associated over the last three years’ awards journey, JK Paper and The Times of India proudly present Season 4 of AutHer Awards.

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.

Best Manuscript

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Important Dates

Submissions Open:
Deadline: 04th December 2023
Awards Night:

Jury Members

Awards Registrations


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

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.

Award Night 2022

About JK Paper

JK Paper’s legacy goes back to 1938 with setting up of Straw Products ltd. in Bhopal.
In the year 1962, Unit JKPM at Rayagada (Odhisa) was established. Today JK Paper is a leading Indian player in Office Papers, Coated Papers, Writing and Printing Papers and High-end Packaging Boards.

Today JK Paper has 3 integrated Pulp and Paper Mills viz; Unit JKPM at Rayagada (Odisha) near the Eastern coast of India and Unit CPM at Songadh (Gujarat) on the Western coast & Unit SPM at Kagaznagar, Telangana. With total installed capacity is 761,000 TPA, JK Paper is amongst the biggest Paper mills in the country.

From being the pioneer of branded Paper in India, the company today is a leading Sustainable Paper Product Solutions Provider.

About TOI

The Times of India is India’s most-read English newspaper. More than 17 million readers wake up to one of its 57 editions every morning. With a daily circulation of more than 4 million copies, it is the world’s largest-selling English newspaper. The Times of India’s website ( ranks among the world’s most-visited news sites.

Published since 1838, the paper has shown no signs of aging and keeps reinventing itself to re`main in step with its young readership. Known as a trend-setter that adheres to the highest standards of journalism, The Times of India not only provides news coverage of unrivalled depth and breadth but also places equal, often greater, emphasis on perspective and context to empower the reader. Its coverage includes every topic and trend of interest to the reader – national, international, city, community, business, health, science, technology, sports, lifestyle and entertainment. Instead of taking the traditional role of newspapers to “mould public opinion”, The Times of India provides the choices that enable readers to arrive at their own conclusions.

The reader is the centre of its universe.

“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”

– The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri.