Atta Galatta Prize

The Bangalore Literature Festival presented literary awards in association with Atta Galatta (founded by SubodhSankar and Lakshmi Subodh). Atta Galatta is also the Official Festival Bookstore of the festival.The awards carry equivalent to approx. £2k each for 3 categories: Best Fiction (English), Best Non-Fiction (English) and a Literary Achievement Award in Kannada.

Month awarded: November

Bharatiya Jnanpith

Bharatiya Jnanpith is one of the premier literary organizations of India, which is nurturing literature and culture through its literary endeavours, which include Awards, Publications, Fellowship and Research. Jnanpith maintains regular contact with authors of various generations of all the Indian languages for the purpose of its awards and publications.

1. Jnanpith Award has achieved the recognition of the highest literary award of the country and has been presented, so far, by Presidents, Prime Ministers and international celebrities like Mrs. Margaret Thatcher, Mr. Nelson Mandela, Sir V. S. Naipaul and H.R.H. Princess of Thailand MahaChakriSirindhorn. The Jnanpith Award has been conferred to literary geniuses of various Indian languages, who have brought many laurels to India through their creations.

2. Moortidevi Award, is presented every year for a contemplative and perceptive work written in any forms of literature which expresses, underlines and illumines human values rooted in the broad vision of Indian philosophy and cultural heritage. The objective of this award is to foster social and individual commitment to higher values of life through the medium of literature in its larger sense.

3. Navlekhan Award for young authors, below forty years of age, writing in Hindi for their first ever creations.

The selection processes of all the Awards are independent of any influence from Jnanpith management and are transparent. Jnanpith has independent Language Advisory Committees of all the Indian languages comprising of scholars of that language.

Bharatiya Jnanpith is also one of the celebrated publication houses of India. They have 4 awards

Crossword Book Award

Crossword Book Awards not only recognise and reward good writing, but also actively promote Indian authors and their books.

Indian Fiction (Jury)
Indian Non-Fiction (Jury)
Indian Language Fiction Translation
Children’s Literature (Jury)
Indian Fiction (Popular)
Indian Non-Fiction (Popular)
Children’s Literature (Popular)
Business and Management (Popular)
Biography (Popular)
Health & Fitness
Lifetime Achievement Award

First awarded: 1998

DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

This award was instituted by the DSC Group in 2010. To be eligible for the prize, the novel or novella must be a minimum of 25,000 words, either written or translated into English, by an author from any country as long as the novel predominantly features themes based on South Asian culture, politics, history, or people. The award comes with a cash prize of US$25,000. The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature was instituted in 2010 by its founders, Surina Narula and Manhad Narula.

Awarded in December
First awarded‎: ‎2011
Awarded for‎: ‎Original full-length novel inspired

FICCI Publishing Awards

FICCI Publishing Awards recognises the best of the books in Business and Children’s literature. FICCI invites entries from Publishers / Authors of their work in the following categories:

Children’s Book of the Year (Fiction)
Children’s Book of the Year, English and Children’s Book of the Year – Hindi)
Business Book of the Year (English)
Business Management, Business Economics, Business Self-help, Biography of Business Leader

The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Awards for Indian children’s books were introduced in 2016. The idea is to promote excellence in children’s writing and illustrations in India, to acknowledge innovative publishing trends, and to recognise children’s literature in India as an independent and important field. The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Awards are the first ever Indian awards to be given for excellence in children’s books and the first to recognise different genres within the space.

The awards are split into four categories:

Best Picture Book Story
Best Picture Book Illustrations
Best Book Fiction
Best Book Non-Fiction

Jaipur BookMark

Vani Foundation Distinguished Translator Award
The Romain Rolland Prize
The Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize

Jnangarima Award
The Fellowship programme of BharatiyaJnanpith has been rechristened as JnangarimaManadAlankaran – an award especially reserved for very senior and celebrated authors, above seventy-five years of age, who have made immense contribution towards Indian literature through their creations. This is an annual award and the award constitutes of one-time grant, shawl, citation and saraswatimurti normally presented in the felicitation ceremony.

Month Awarded: November

New India Foundation Award

The New India Foundation announced an annual Book Prize titled ‘Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize’ for the best non-fiction book on modern/contemporary India in 2018. There is no limitation as to the genre — the book can be a work of history, biography, political commentary, travel, memoir, etc. This prize is named after Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, the great patriot, and institution-builder who had contributed significantly to the freedom struggle, to the women’s movement, to refugee rehabilitation and to the renewal of handicrafts.

There are no restrictions with regards to the writer’s nationality. Works written originally in English or translated into English are eligible.

Month awarded: October

Publishing Next Award

The Publishing Next Industry Awards were instituted in 2014 to reward the talent, initiative, entrepreneurial zeal and untiring efforts of publishers – big, small, independent – that create books. Established under the aegis of the neutral platform of the Publishing Next Conference, the awards seek to recognise innovation and leadership in the book trade.

The Publisher of the Year Award recognises an outstanding publishing company that has set a benchmark for excellence in publishing.

The Publishing Next Industry Awards are presented in the following categories:

Book Cover of the Year – English Language
Book Cover of the Year – Indian Languages
Book Cover of the Year – Children’s Books
Printed Book of the Year – English Language
Printed Book of the Year – Indian Languages
Printed Children’s Book of the Year (age 0-8)
Printed Children’s Book of the Year (age 8+)
Illustrated Book of the Year
Publisher of the Year

Awarded: September

Sahitya Akademi Awards

1. SahityaAkademi Award

Every year since its inception in 1954, the SahityaAkademi Award prizes to the most outstanding books of literary merit published in any of the major Indian languages recognised by the Akademi. The award amount, which was Rs.5,000 since inception, had been enhanced to Rs.10,000 from 1983, Rs.25,000 from 1988, Rs.40,000 from 2001, Rs.50,000 from 2003 and is now Rs.1,00,000 from 2009. The first Awards were given in 1955.

2. BhashaSamman

SahityaAkademi has been giving annual awards to books of outstanding merit and annual prizes for outstanding translations in 24 languages The Akademi, therefore, instituted BhashaSamman in 1996 to be given to writers, scholars, editors, collectors, performers or translators who have made considerable contribution to the propagation, modernisation or enrichment of the languages concerned. The Samman carries a plaque along with an amount equal to its awards for creative literature, i.e. rupees 1,00,000 (Rs.25,000 at the time of inception, increased to Rs.40,000 from 2001, Rs.50,000 from 2003 and to Rs. 1,00,000 from 2009), which is the first step towards the realisation of this goal. The Sammans are given to 3-4 persons every year in different languages on recommendation of experts’ committees constituted for the purpose

3. The Annual SahityaAkademi Bal SahityaPuraskar

4.Prize for Translation

Besides the annual awards for creative writing, the SahityaAkademi has instituted an annual prize for translation from 1989 to be given to outstanding translations in the 24 languages recognised by it. The Translation Prize which carried Rs.10,000 in 1989 was increased to Rs.15,000 in 2001 and is Rs.20,000 from 2003 and is now Rs.50,000 from 2009.

5. The Annual SahityaAkademi- YuvaPuraskar

Started in 2011, the YuvaPuraskar is an award given by the SahityaAkademi to promote writing amongst youngsters. The awardee must be under the age of 35 and have written in one of the 24 languages recognised by the Akademi. The award consists of a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 and a copper plaque.

Month awarded: January 1

Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize

The Shakti Bhatt Foundation celebrated its twelfth year in 2019, celebrating extraordinary new writing in all genres. The prize carries a cash award of £2,151 and a trophy.

The Foundation invites entries in the following genres: poetry, fiction, graphic novels, creative non-fiction (travel writing, autobiography, biography and narrative journalism), and drama. Books must be published by Indian Publishers and must be in English or translated into English from an Indian language. Vanity press publications are ineligible.

Month awarded: June

Tata Literature Live! Awards

Tata Literature Live! is an acclaimed literature festival which takes place in Mumbai every year. Along with the four-day celebration of literature, the festival also presents awards to writers in nine different categories;

Lifetime Achievement Award
Poet Laureate Award
Book of the Year – Fiction
Book of the Year – Non-Fiction
First Book Award – Fiction
First Book Award – Non-Fiction
Business Book
Publisher of the Year
Big Little Award (Children’s writing/illustrating, one different Indian Language peryear)

Month awarded: November