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Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature Announces 2022 Finalists


THE The Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature announced the 2022 finalists for its prizes on Wednesday. The prize promotes Punjabi literature globally by awarding $25,000 annually to the best published fiction book in Gurmukhi or Shahmukhi script, along with two runner-up prizes of $10,000 each.

The 2022 finalists for the Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature are:

Arvinder Kaur Dhaliwal
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* Jhanjaran Wale Paer (‘Feet with Tinkling Bells’), short story, by Arvinder Kaur Dhaliwal (Amritsar, Punjab, India)

Balwinder Singh Grewal

* dubolia (“The Diver”), Short Stories, by Balwinder Singh Grewal (Khanna, Punjab, India)

Javed Boota

* Chaulan Di Burki (“A bite of rice”), short stories, by Javed Boota (Chantilly, Virginia, USA)

The winner will be named on November 17.

The Dhahan Prize is the largest international literary prize for fiction books in the Punjabi language. Its aim is to bring together Punjabi communities around the world and promote Punjabi literature globally.

Since their launch in 2013, the awards have delivered critical acclaim and meaningful exposure for aspiring and established writers, setting the stage for their books to reach wider multilingual audiences.

The Dhahan Prize was established in Vancouver, where the Punjabi people, language and culture have a rich history. Punjabi is now the third most spoken language in Canada.

The prize is awarded by the Canada India Education Society (CIES) and was created in partnership with the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC). It is currently funded by Barj and Rita Dhahan along with family and friends.

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