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.
2017 Winners of the Dhahan Prize in Punjabi Literature are:
· First Prize ~ $25,000:
Khabar Ik Pind Di (News From A Village), novel by Pargat Singh Satoj (Punjab, India)
· Finalist ~ $5,000: Shahmukhi Script
Tand Tand Maili Chaadar (Filthy Chador (Sheet)), short story collection by Ali Anwar Ahmad (Punjab, Pakistan)
· Finalist ~ $5,000: Gurmukhi script
Paper Marriage (Kaagzi Viaah), novel by Nachhattar Singh Brar (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada)