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Global Punjabi book prize releases finalists vying for awards of $45,000


The Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature has announced the 2023 finalists for its awards of $45,000 CAD, cumulatively.

The Prize promotes Punjabi literature on a global scale by awarding $25,000 CAD annually to the best book of fiction published in either the Gurmukhi or Shahmukhi script, along with two finalist prizes of $10,000 CAD each.

Awardees are also provided with airfare and hotel accommodations in Vancouver, to attend award ceremonies on November 16, 2023, at Northview Golf & Country Club, Surrey.

The 2023 Finalists of the Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature are:

Bhukh Eon Sah Laindi Hai by Deepti Babuta - Dhahan Prize Shortlist - book cover

Bhukh Eon Sah Laindi Hai, ਭੁੱਖ ਇਉਂ ਸਾਹ ਲੈਂਦੀ ਹੈ, بُھکھ ایوں ساہ لیندی ہے

Short Stories by Deepti Babuta (Mohali, Punjab, India), ਕਹਾਣੀ ਸੰਗ੍ਰਹਿ, ਦੀਪਤੀ ਬਬੂਟਾ (ਮੋਹਾਲੀ, ਪੰਜਾਬ, ਭਾਰਤ)

کہانی سنگریہہ, دیپتی ببوٹا (موہالی، پنجاب، بھارت)

Gurmukhi, published by Saptrishi Publication (India), ਗੁਰਮੁਖੀ, ਸਪਤਰਿਸ਼ੀ ਪਬਲੀਕੇਸ਼ਨ (ਭਾਰਤ)

گُرمکھی, سپترشی پبلیکیشن, (بھارت)

Mendal Da Qanoon by Jameel Ahmad Paul - Dhahan Prize Shortlist - book cover

Mendal Da Qanoon, ਮੈਂਡਲ ਦਾ ਕਨੂੰਨ, مینڈل دا قنون

Short Stories by Jameel Ahmad Paul (Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan), ਕਹਾਣੀ ਸੰਗ੍ਰਹਿ, ਜਮੀਲ ਅਹਿਮਦ ਪਾਲ (ਲਹੌਰ, ਪੰਜਾਬ, ਪਾਕਿਸਤਾਨ)

کہانی سنگریہہ, جمیل احمد پال (لاہور، پنجاب، پاکستان)

Shahmukhi, published by Punjabi Markaz (Pakistan), ਸ਼ਾਹਮੁਖੀ, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਮਰਕਜ਼ (ਪਾਕਿਸਤਾਨ)

شاہ مُکھی, پنجابی مرکز (پاکستان)

Uchian Awazan by Baljit Singh - Dhahan Prize Shortlist - book cover

Uchian Awazan, ਉੱਚੀਆਂ ਆਵਾਜ਼ਾਂ, اُچیاں آوازاں

Short Stories by Balijit (Mohali, Punjab, India), ਕਹਾਣੀ ਸੰਗ੍ਰਹਿ, ਬਲੀਜੀਤ (ਮੋਹਾਲੀ, ਪੰਜਾਬ, ਭਾਰਤ)

کہانی سنگریہہ, بلیجیت (موہالی، پنجاب، بھارت)

Gurmukhi, published by Caliber Publication (India), ਗੁਰਮੁਖੀ, ਕੈਲੀਬਰ ਪਬਲੀਕੇਸ਼ਨ (ਭਾਰਤ)

گُرمکھی, کیلیبر پبلیکیشن (بھارت)

The winner will be named at ceremonies held on November 16, 2022 at Northview Golf & Country Club in Surrey, B.C.

This year’s ceremonies are set to feature Punjabi Sikh artist, singer, author and influencer Keerat Kaur, along with media personality Tarranum Thind.

The Dhahan Prize is the largest, international literary award for fiction books in the Punjabi language. Its goal is to bridge Punjabi communities around the world, and promote Punjabi literature on a global scale. 

Since launching in 2013, the awards have garnered critical acclaim and significant exposure for aspiring and established writers, setting the stage for their books to reach broader multilingual audiences.

The Dhahan Prize was established in Vancouver, British Columbia, where Punjabi people, language, and culture have a rich history.  Punjabi is now the 3rd most spoken language in Canada, and is a strong thread in the multicultural fabric of the nation. 

The prize is awarded by the Canada India Education Society (CIES) and was created in partnership with the Department of Asian Studies at University of British Columbia (UBC). It is currently funded by Barj and Rita Dhahan along with family and friends. Sponsors of the prize include RBC Foundation (presenting), Harj & Darshan Grewal of RBC Dominion Securities, Westland Insurance, G.L. Smith Planning & Design and others.

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