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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, www.dhahanprize.com.

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Tale of a thirsty land, review in International The News on Sunday by Mahmood Awan, Dec 18, 2016 - Gurmukhi

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. It is a story of three generations of bar natives and Zahid being a son of that soil narrates it with full colloquial details and historical insights. The novel starts in the first half of 19th century’s pre-colonial Punjab and stretches to the time of partition and a few years after. As Saeed Bhutta so rightly quotes Gabriel Garcia Marquez in the foreword to Tassi Dharti, these are the stories of deceit and deception faced by our ancestors over centuries enforced by foreign invaders and local power mongers - Gurmukhi

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BC To Celebrate Punjabi Literature Week , Dhahan Prize Awards $25,000 Grand Prize At UBC, Babushahi.com article, by Baljit Balli, published Oct 31, 2016

The Province of British Columbia has proclaimed October 30th to November 5, 2016 as “Punjabi Literature Week”. MLA Scott Hamilton announced this decision of BC government at the Dhahan Literary Awards ceremony held here today. This was the first time when the provincial government announced this kind of gesture to promote Punjabi language.He handed over the proclamation to Barj Dhahan. A New Youth Punjabi Literature Prize announced on this occasion to be commenced from the next year along with Dhahan Awards.

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Dhahan Prize 2016 winners for the best Punjabi fiction: Jarnail Singh, Zahid Hassan, Simran Dhaliwal (Indo-Canadian Voice, by Rattan Mall, Sept 21, 2016)

Dhahan Prize 2016 winners for the best Punjabi fiction: Jarnail Singh, Zahid Hassan, Simran Dhaliwal (Indo-Canadian Voice, by Rattan Mall, Sept 21, 2016)

JARNAIL Singh’s Kaale Varke (Black Pages), a short story collection, has bagged the Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature’s first prize worth $25,000. The second prizes of $5,000 each go to Zahid Hassan for his novel Tassi Dharti (Thirsty Land) and Simran Dhaliwal for his short story collection titled Us Pal (That Moment).

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Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature celebrated at Vancouver Writers Fest (Georgia Straight, by Charlie Smith, Oct 25, 2015) - Gurmukhi

Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature celebrated at Vancouver Writers Fest (Georgia Straight, by Charlie Smith, Oct 25, 2015) - Gurmukhi

B.C. has a rich tradition of Punjabi writing dating back more than a century to journalist Guran Ditta Kumar's anticolonial newspaper, Swadesh Sewak. Perhaps the best-known Punjabi-language writer in B.C. is Sadhu Binning, but there are many others, including Georgia Straight contributor and Radical Desi magazine cofounder Gurpreet Singh. - Gurmukhi

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