Exclusively Indian, inclusive in every other sense, The Crossword Book Awards bring
together the entire literary community - readers, authors, booksellers and publishers -
like no other awards.

These are your awards - join us in celebrating Indian writing.

M. Mukundan

Winner of the 2006 Indian Language Fiction
Translation Award for ‘Kesavan’s Lamentations’

“Before the award, I was known as ‘a leading writer from Kerala’ or ‘a leading Malayali writer’. When I won the Crossword Book Award in 1999, the press qualified me as ‘a leading Indian writer’. Yes, this is what the award means to me. All of a sudden, it transforms a regional writer like me into a national writer. The Crossword Book Award gives us writers a new identity and an unflinching self-confidence. Bravo!”

Amitav Ghosh

winner of the 2004 English Fiction prize for ‘The Hungry Tide’

“Winning the Crossword Book Award was one of the high points of my writing life and the reason for that is that there is no Award like the Crossword Award…The thing about the Crossword Award is that we know who the jury is, we may not know before hand, but we do see afterwards. These are our peers and there’s something spectacularly wonderful about being judged by your peers. For me, it was deeply moving; it meant more to me than any other Award I’ve received.”


Nilanjana Roy

Business Standard

“Contrary to popular opinion, Crossword hasn’t quite provided an Indian Booker. Instead, it has gone one better – demonstrated that there’s enough good literature coming out of the country for us to have our own derby without looking longingly towards a western field of dreams.”

CNN-IBN (www.ibnlive.com), 18th January 2006.

‘Naipaul, Rushdie in Indian Booker race’,

“While any talk of literary awards, especially Indian writing in English, eventually leads to Bookers, Whitbread’s and Pulitzers in spite of our very own Sahitya Akademi and Jnanpith awards Crossword Book Award is slowly but surely gaining prominence as a veritable Indian version of the Booker prize. In fact, many Indian authors are appreciating this as a gesture of Indian books being lauded by Indians. Essentially, this is what the Crossword Book Award aims to do. Instituted in 1998, it wants to compete with the biggies. In fact, it's already out to give the other awards some serious competition”



  • Please fill separate entry forms for each entry.
  • At the end of the submission you will be given a unique code to be retained for further communication.
  • You may photocopy this form for your reference.
  • Kindly read the eligibility criteria before filling the form.
  • Please note that Publisher's Email ID, Book Title, Book Image and Author's Name are mandatory.
  • Publishers can only submit 5 entries in each category. A publishers entry won’t be considered if the publisher submits more than 5 entries in each category. However if the Jury members feel that there is a an important book missing from any of the categories, the Jury has a right to call for the book as an entry at any point in time.
  • For further queries please write to shifa.shaikh@shoppersstop.com
  • Last Date of submission is 10th January 2016.
  • Please send 5 copies of the book to the below address post submission of the valid entry
    Shifa Shaikh
    Crossword Bookstores Ltd.,
    "Paradigm", A-Wing,
    1st Floor, Mindspace, Link Road,
    Malad (West), Mumbai 400 064.


  • Entries can be full-length books or collections of essays or articles by an author.
  • Entries must be original works in English.
  • Entries published from 1st October 2014 to 31st December 2015 in India will be considered.
  • The author of the books must be an Indian citizen*. The publisher must verify the author's citizenship before entering the book.
  • The author must be alive on the closing date for the entries.
  • * Proof of Indian citizenship – valid Indian passport / voters id card / birth certificate must be provided if required
  • For the Translation category entries must be English translations of works in any Indian language written after 1947.

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