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Submissions for the 2017 Dhahan Prize are still being accepted

The Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature was established to recognize excellence in Punjabi literature and inspire the creation of Punjabi literature across borders. The prize is awarded at the international level each year to three books of fiction in Punjabi written in either of two scripts, Gurmukhi or Shahmukhi.

Founded in 2013, the Dhahan Prize awards a $25,000 CDN first prize, and two second prizes of $5,000 CDN each. Both Punjabi scripts must be represented among the three winners.

If interested in submitting a novel or short story collection for consideration for the 2017 Dhahan Prize, fill out the form below. Before doing so, please ensure that the eligibility requirements are met:

  • The book is a first edition, published in 2016, written in Shahmukhi or Gurmukhi script.
  • If you are not the author, you have explicit written permission from the author to submit the book to Dhahan Prize.
  • The book has an ISBN number.


For more information regarding the eligibility requirements and the adjudication process, click here

Once the completed form is received you will be contacted with further instructions via email.

Submission Form

Further instructions will be emailed once you have submitted your application.