After an inspiring, well-organized and successful launch in 2014, Dhahan International Punjabi Literature Prize is now calling for submissions for its 2015 Prize.
Puunjabi novels and collections of short stories published in 2014 are eligible. Find downloadable Submission Guidelines and Eligibility Requirements in English, Gurumukhi and Shahmukhi at the bottom of the post.
Submissions for 2015 Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature open January 1
Vancouver, BC (January 7, 2015) – Following the success of the inaugural Dhahan Prize, submissions are now open for the world’s signature prize in Punjabi literature on January 1, 2015. Eligible authors writing in either of the two Punjabi scripts, Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi, are invited to submit a work of fiction for the $25,000 CDN first prize.
Novels and short story collections published in 2014 will be accepted from January 1 to March 15, 2015 at www.dhahanprize.com. Two second place prizes of $5,000 CDN will also be awarded.
Based in Vancouver, Canada, The Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature was established in 2013 to recognize excellence in Punjabi literature and inspire the creation of Punjabi literature across borders. The prize is awarded at the international level each year to three books of fiction in Punjabi written in either of two scripts, Gurmukhi or Shahmukhi.
“This is a truly an international literature prize,” says Raghbir Singh, Chair of the Dhahan Prize advisory committee. “In our inaugural year, the Dhahan Prize received over 70 entries from 5 countries around the world. We’re hoping to increase our reach and the number of submissions for 2015, while continuing to encourage new writers to take up writing in Punjabi.”
The first prize winner for 2014 was Avtar Singh Billing for his book, Khali Khoohaan di Katha (The Story of Empty Wells), which will be translated from Gurmukhi to English this year. Two second place prizes of $5,000 CDN were also awarded to Zubair Ahmad from Pakistan, and Jasbir Singh Bhullar from India. Winners were feted at the Dhahan Prize Awards Gala in Vancouver on October 25, 2014.
The Dhahan Prize celebrates the rich culture and transnational heritage of Punjabi language and literature by awarding a yearly prize for excellence in Punjabi fiction. The Prize mission is to inspire the creation of Punjabi literature across borders, bridging Punjabi communities around the world and promoting Punjabi literature on a global scale. The Dhahan Prize is awarded by Canada India Education Society (CIES) in partnership with the Department of Asian Studies in the Faculty of Arts at University of British Columbia (UBC).
The prize is funded by an endowment from Barj and Rita Dhahan, and family and friends. Learn more at www.dhahanprize.com and join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Download Guidelines & Eligibility Criteria
2015 Dhahan Prize Submissions Open-Shahmukhi
2015 Dhahan Prize Submissions Open-Gurmukhi
2015 Dhahan Prize Submissions Open-English