Modernism had started evolving by the mid-1980s so that writers stopped thinking of the modernist style and ideas as something sacrosanct. However, postmodernism took some time to get entrenched, even though literature was definitely taking the route to postmodernism. The novelists who produced works during this period are the following:
T. V. Kochubava's Vridhasadanam, Perumkaliyattam; C. V. Balakrishnan's Ayussinte Pusthakam (The Book of Life), Atmavinu Sariyennu Thonnunna Karyangal, Dhisa; C. R. Parameswaran's Prakrithi Niyamam; N. Prabhakaran's Bahuvachanam,Adrisya-vanangal; N. S. Madhavan's Lanthan Batheriyile Luthiniyaka; V. J. James' Chorasastram, Dattapaharam; G. R. Indugopan's Manal Jeevikal, Ice Minus 196 degree Celsius; Sarah Joseph's Aalahayude Penmakkal,Mattathi, Othappu; K. J. Baby's Mavelimantram; K. Raghunath's Bhoomiyude Pokkil, Samadhanathinu Vendiyulla Yudhangal, Pathira Vankara and K. P. Ramanunni's Sufi Paranja Katha, Jeevithathinte Pusthakam, Charama Varshikam.
T. D. Ramakrishnan, Benyamin, and K. R. Meera are the other prominent authors