A prolific writer since 1965, Govind Mishra is well known as one of the doyens of Hindi literature. He has written 14 novels, an equal number of short story collections, six travelogues, seven collections of literary essays, one of poems and two of stories for children. His complete works in 12 volumes are under print. He has been honoured with many awards, including Vyas Samman, Sahitya Akademi Award, Bharat Bharti Samman, and Saraswati Samman. His stories and award winning novels Paanch Aangno Wala Ghar, Kohre Mein Kaid Rang, and Dhool Paudhon Par have been translated in English and several Indian languages. He has represented India in many international literary programmes. He is also the subject of a documentary made by the Sahitya Akademi.