About the Award 

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.
When Crossword Book Awards were first launched in 1998, the idea was to encourage Indian writing and Indian authors. Crossword Book Awards is the only literary award in India that recognizes and rewards authors across five different categories Indian Fictioin, Indian Non Fiction, Children's writing, Indian Language translation & Popular awards. Crossword Book Awards not only recognize and reward good writing, but also actively promote Indian authors and their books - making it the only Indian award of its kind to do so.
Every year, the shortlist in each category is decided upon by an esteemed panel of jury members followed by final winners announcement to the entire literary community: readers, authors, booksellers and publishers.

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

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"?

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 competitio"?

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"?