Call For Submissions: Dhahan International Punjabi Literature Prize – March 15/14

For months, i have watched with apprehension and excitement the development of Dhahan International Punjabi Literature Prize, and now after its launch(es) i am happy to report that it is indeed a giant(!) leap(!) forward for Punjabi literature. Not just because the prize money is substantial at $25,000 (all scripts, and with two runner-ups of $5,000, one each for Gurumukhi and Shahmukhi), but also because it is one of the few initiatives that recognizes Punjabi in it’s totality and so claims the history and development of its literature across scripts, national/ethnic boundaries, and religious divides.

Submission Guidelines
Date January 15 – March 1 (online), with hard-copies due by March 15.
Format PDF version and a Printed Copy
Genre Fiction – novels, novellas, short story collections
Edition Original first editions only. Reprints or translations are not eligible.
Publishing Date During 2013
Books Published by ‘recognized’ and ‘independent’ publishers only. No self-published books.

Download Call for Submissions
(Note revised date: Jan 15 – March 1 (online), with hard-copies due by March 15)

Uddari fully supports this wonderful initiative as it is one of the fruits of our labour. Dhahan Prize is so valuable because it recognizes:
. Punjabi writers anywhere in the World. In South Asia and outside.
. Punjabi literature in both its major scripts, Gurumukhi and Shahmukhi.
. Importance of fiction, long and short, in the development of a literature.
. Rights of Punjabi writers by offering them the first yearly living wage.

The Prize will for sure get some serious attention from Punjabi writers around the world where only a few can or have depended on their creative writing for a living. I am talking about those stubborn people who insisted on writing in Punjabi when their world was pushing it aside and saying that there’s no future in writing in Punjabi; the people who were told by non-royalties-paying Punjabi publishers that their work is not good enough for money; and, that not many wanted to read them anyway.

Dhahan Prize will create a surge in the readership of Punjabi books because writers are the very first readers of books.

At Uddari Weblog, we are in a celebratory mode because Dhahan Prize strengthens many of our goals and objectives.

Fauzia Rafique

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Dhahan International Punjabi Literature Prize – Launch Vancouver Oct 8/13

Lesbian Author Farzana Doctor launches new novel – Vancouver July 26/11

Join us for a book reading, Q&A and signing with
Farzana Doctor
Author of ‘Stealing Nasreen’ and ‘Six Metres of Pavement’
Tuesday, July 26
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium
1238 Davie Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

Everyone welcome
Books for sale

Farzana Doctor is a Toronto-based author and the recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s prestigious Dayne Ogilvie Grant for an emerging gay Canadian author (2011). Her first novel, Stealing Nasreen, received critical acclaim and earned a devoted readership upon its release in 2007. She is currently touring her second book, Six Metres of Pavement (Dundurn 2011), which Publishers Weekly has praised as “..a paean to second chances.” In her spare time, she provides private practice consulting and psychotherapy services and is a co-curator of the Brockton Writers Series.

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Ismail Boxwala made the worst mistake of his life one summer morning twenty years ago: he forgot his baby daughter in the back seat of his car. After his daughter’s tragic death, he struggles to continue living. A divorce, years of heavy drinking, and sex with strangers only leave him more alone and isolated.
But Ismail’s story begins to change after he reluctantly befriends two women: Fatima, a young queer activist kicked out of her parents’ home; and Celia, his grieving Portuguese-Canadian neighbour who lives just six metres away. A slow-simmering romance develops between Ismail and Celia. Meanwhile, dangers lead Fatima to his doorstep. Each makes complicated demands of him, ones he is uncertain he can meet.

From Trikone Vancouver
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A New Book on Partition by Bodh Prakash


Writing Partition: aesthetics and Ideology in Hindi and Urdu Literature by Bodh Prakash

The Author attempts to bring forward a variety of ways in which the Partition of India has been expressed in Hindi and Urdu fiction. Further, he is of the opinion that ‘the shift in the narrative mode in Hindi and Urdu fiction from the progressive realist to the modernist needs to be examined against the backdrop of a new social reality in the aftermath of Partition and the creative writers’ search for an appropriate aesthetics to represent it’.

Partition forced a sudden change in the lives of people in many crude and subtle ways, here however,  the focus is on literature and it is found that the creative people, the artists and writers, were  sensitive to two-pronged disabling/enabling effects of the occurrence.

‘Through the fiction on the theme of Partition, this book shows how identities, individual, social and gendered, were re-negotiated in the post-Partition period’. It is re-assuring that Prakash discusses violence, dislocations, and migrations of that tragic time as he notices some liberating aspects of it on some groups of population such as individual women.

‘The book also explores the ideological predilection of both the fiction on Partition as well as the critical approaches to it. The trajectory of the relationship between secular humanism and the newly created nation states has not always been a consistent one and this book shows how its shadow can be discerned in creative literature and its interpretations’.

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