KOCHI: Policemen are moving into the literary realm, it seems. The first in the series of awards for best literary works, instituted after ‘Kaval Kairali’, the mouthpiece of the Kerala Police Association, was announced here on Friday.

The short-story collection Parasya Sareeram (body of advertisement) by E.P. Sreekumar was selected for the first Kaval Kairali award. The collection was selected from 50-odd entries by a panel of jury comprising literary critic M.K. Sanoo, author Vysakhan and critic E.P. Rajagopal.

“It was decided to give award to the best work in one genre, this year it was short story. Next year, poetry will be considered,” said C.R. Biju, general secretary of KPA.

The jury observed that Mr. Sreekumar’s stories depicted the issues of urban society and took up the cause of lives invaded by the market. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 10,001, a statuette and citation. Minister for Culture and Education M.A. Baby will present the award at the function to be held at VJT Hall, Thiruvananthapuram on June 17. —Staff Reporter