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Dhahan Prize Youth Award launched in British Columbia

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.

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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.

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BC To Celebrate Punjabi Literature Week, Dhahan Prize Awards $25,000 Grand Prize At UBC (Babushahi.com, 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) - English

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

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. - English

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