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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  • 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,

  • Tale of a thirsty land (Review in International The News on Sunday, by Mahmood Awan, Dec 18, 2016)

    Zahid Hasan is a prolific writer. He has written in Urdu and Punjabi, both prose, and poetry. Tassi Dharti is his fourth Punjabi novel and is arguably his best novel so far. It was recently awarded the best Pakistani Punjabi Novel of the year by the Vancouver-based Dhahan International Punjabi Literature Prize jury 2016.

  • Black tales from across the Atlantic - Tribune India speaks of the 2016 Prize winner, Jarnail Singh.

    Toronto-based Punjabi writer Jarnail Singh has published seven collections of short stories, the latest being Kaale Warke (The Black Pages). One of his collections, Do Tapu (Two Islands) has been translated into Hindi as well, besides being transliterated into the Shahmukhi (Urdu-Persian) script. Another collection Tawars (The Towers) has had multiple editions and is still in demand. It is not for nothing that Jarnail has received Dhahan Prize for 2016, the highest overseas award for Punjabi fiction launched by Vancouver-based Punjabi millionaire Barj Dhahan. This award carries the prize money of 25,000 Canadian dollars, which is more than the prestigious Jnanpith Award given in India for literary achievements.