Ira Mathur is an Indian-born multi-media Trinidad based journalist and Trinidad Guardian columnist and the recipient of nine regional awards for excellence in journalism. In 2013 and 2014 she a finalist for the Hollick Arvon Prize. In 2018 Mathur was shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize, and the Lorian Hemmingway (short story) Prize. In 2019 she was longlisted for the 2019 Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize. She is the 2018 second prize winner of the Caribbean based Small Axe Literary Competition for short fiction. An excerpt from her novel in progress is anthologized in Thicker Than Water, Peekash Press, 2018.