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THE WORLD’S SIGNATURE PRIZE FOR PUNJABI LITERATURE

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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  • From The Dhahan Prize Literary Tour – Heer Waris Shah

    Waris Shah immortalized the message of Sufi mysticism through his writing. Heer is an embodiment of universal love that resides in every soul. Heer is not just a narrative of romance, it portrays the unequalled female protagonist of the land of the five rivers, Punjab. Waris Shah could not ignore the troubled times and hypocrisy of the age and through his writing he exposed the corrupt, decadent, regressive religious and secular institutions serving the interests of the status quo. He confronted the eighteenth century social and intellectual discourse by recreating Heer and his poetry remains unparalleled in the history of Punjabi Literature.

  • Canadian Consulate General to host literary tour for the Dhahan Prize

    WE are extremely pleased to let you know that the Canadian Consulate General (Chandigarh, India) is hosting a three city literary tour from March 6 to 8 for the Dhahan Prize accompanied by two Canadian Punjabi authors. A similar literary program will be held in Lahore, Pakistan hosted by the well-known Mr. Zubair Ahmad and Mr. Iqbal Kaiser, leaders of the Pakistan Punjabi arts and literary community on February 28th and March 1st.

  • SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN: 2018 DHAHAN PRIZE FOR PUNJABI LITERATURE

    Vancouver, BC (January 11, 2018) – Submissions are now open for the Dhahan Prize, the world’s signature prize in Punjabi literature. Authors who have published novels or short story collections in 2017 in either of the Punjabi scripts, Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi, are invited to submit their works for the $25,000 CDN grand prize. Two finalist prizes of $10,000 CDN will also be awarded. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2018.