Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Karan Mahajan, assistant professor in Literary Arts, has won the 2019 Jeannette Haien Ballard Writer’s Prize, given annually to “a young writer of proven excellence in poetry or prose.” The prize was established in honor of author Jeannette Haien and is intended to encourage young writers in “the production of literary works of high quality and aesthetic worth.”

Karan Mahajan is the author of Family Planning, a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize, and The Association of Small Bombs, which was shortlisted for the 2016 National Book Awards, won the the 2017 NYPL Young Lions Award, and was named one of the New York Times Book Review's "Ten Best Books of 2016." In 2017, he was selected as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. His writing has appeared in the New York TimesThe New Yorker Online, n+1, and other venues. 

Congratulations, Professor Mahajan!