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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  • Dhahan Prize Ceremony 2017 - A Grand Success

    Thank you to all who supported the 2017 Dhahan Prize! What a fabulous event to celebrate.

  • 250 YEARS OF HEER - Saturday October 7th

    250 Years of Heer to be held at the Centre Stage, Surrey City Hall. All are welcome. Please join us.

  • Dhahan Prize Annouces 2017 Winners for Best Punjabi Fiction

    Vancouver, BC (September 28, 2017) – The Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature proudly announces the 2017 winners awarded for excellence in the Punjabi literary community. The Dhahan Prize promotes Punjabi literature on a global scale by awarding $25,000 annually to the best book of fiction published in either Gurmukhi or Shahmukhi scripts, along with two additional finalist prizes of $5,000 CDN. In addition, Coast Capital Savings is the presenting sponsor for the first-ever Dhahan Youth Awards. The Dhahan Prize and in partnership with BC secondary schools, announces that the 2017 winners for the inaugural Youth Awards have been chosen. The contest was open to all British Columbia grade 11 & 12 high school students for short stories written in Punjabi and translated into English. The winners will be announced at the November 4th 2017 Prize Award Ceremony.