Vikram Kapur | Department of English


Department of English
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SoHSS)
Block-Second floor, E wing, Shiv Nadar University
Tehsil Dadri, Gautam Buddha Nagar Uttar Pradesh
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Profile Summary 

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

National and International Recognition

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.


Educational Qualifications 
B.A. English
Armstrong State College (now Armstrong Atlantic State University)
Master of Mass Communication
University of Georgia
PhD in creative and critical writing
University of East Anglia
Work Experience 
Professor of English, ,
Shiv Nadar University
Visiting Professor of Creative and Critical Writing,
Asian College of Journalism
Lecturer of Literature and Creative Writing,
The Open University in the East of England
University of East Anglia
Senior Instructor, Left to do PhD,
Seattlle Central Communuty College
Teaching & Research Interests: 

Creative Writing, Indian Writing in English, War Literature


Abroad Writers Short Story Competition, Honourable Mention


The Radiobooks Short Story Prize, Honourable Mention


The Commonwealth Short Story Prize, Shortlist


The Aesthetica Annual Creative Works Competition, Shortlist


The Canserrat Arts Center, Support Residency


Vermont Studio Center fellowship for a writing residency at the Vermont Studio Center


Fish International Short Story Prize, Longlist