Born in 1981 in the town of Oni. Until the 1990s Otar Jirkvalishvili lived with his parents and his sister in Tskhinvali, and then, because of the war, was forced to move to Tbilisi. He is a licensed lawyer, specialising in criminal justice. He is a national and international chess master. In 1998 he won the third prize in the world Olympiad for young players. In 2000 he became Tbilisi chess champion. He began writing in 2006. Ever since 2009 his stories, poems and critical essays have appeared in various literary publications — Akhali Saunje, Arili, Indigo, Tiskari, Apra, Literaturuli Palitra, Art Info Sakartvelo, Literaturuli Sakartvelo, Literaturuli Gazeta, etc.


  • Lazarus, Palitra L Publishing, 2016
  • The Bed, Kalmosani Publishing, 2015
  • A Sweet, Siesta Publishing, 2014


  • Nikoloz Baratashvili Museum Competition’s 2010 ‘Minor Prize’ for the story The Scorpion
  • Literary award SABA 2016 in category the Best E-book for collection of short stories Lazarus

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