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 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 competition�?

 Entries for 2015 

DIRECTIONS

  • Please fill separate entry forms for each entry.
  • At the end of the submission you will receive a verification email containing 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 25th 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.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Entries can be full-length books or collections of essays or articles by an author.
  • Entries must be in English language.
  • 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.
  • *Proof of Indian citizenship – valid Indian passport / voters id card / birth certificate / Aadhar Card must be provided if required
  • For the Translation category entries must be English translations of works in any Indian language.

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