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Canadian Consulate General to host literary tour for the Dhahan Prize

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.

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SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN: 2018 DHAHAN PRIZE FOR PUNJABI LITERATURE

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.

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Dhahan Prize Annouces 2017 Winners for Best Punjabi Fiction

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.

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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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