The Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature celebrates the rich culture and transnational heritage of Punjabi literature and language. The prize aims to promote the growth of Punjabi language globally, as well as encourage new, emerging, and established writers working in the two Punjabi scripts, Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi.

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  • Reception hosted by the Consul General of Canada in Chandigarh features the Dhahan Prize

    The evening reception, hosted by Christopher Gibbons, the Consul General of Canada in Chandigarh, and Barj Dhahan, the Founder of Dhahan Prize, brought together an impressive list of guests to celebrate Punjabi literature.

  • Dhahan Prize Youth Award launched in British Columbia

    The first contest of it's kind in British Columbia, the Dhahan Prize has launched a youth award for creative writing. It has long been the desire of The Prize to include youth in its family through a youth specific creative writing prize, the Dhahan Prize Youth Award. Thanks to Coast Capital Savings, the Youth Award is now a reality.

  • The Dhahan Prize is now accepting submissions for the 2017 award

    Vancouver, BC, January 18, 2017: Based in Vancouver, Canada, the Dhahan Prize recognizes excellence in Punjabi literature by awarding a CDN$25,000 first prize and two second prizes of CDN$5,000 to top Punjabi authors from around the world. The Dhahan Prize celebrates the rich culture and transnational heritage of the Punjabi language and literature. The Prize is awarded annually in Vancouver at the end of October. Submissions for the 2017 Prize are being accepted now until March 15, 2017 via the Dhahan Prize website,