The Crossword Book Award is one of the most prestigious and popular literary prizes in India. It recognises and rewards the best of Indian writing and ensures that works of merit reach a wider audience.
Crossword is committed to promoting books and the reading habit. We have observed that the institution of international book awards – The Booker Prize, The Commonwealth Prize or The Pulitzer Prize has gone a long way in promoting the awareness and the reading of good books. The authors gain recognition and are rewarded handsomely.
While several Indian writers have won awards abroad, we had observed that there was no equivalent award in India. We therefore decided to take on the role of encouraging and promoting good Indian writing and instituted the Book Awards, in 1998. It is the only Indian award that not only recognizes and rewards good writing but also actively promotes the authors and their books.
The Crossword Book Awards in its 12th year will be given out in the following categories:
- Crossword Fiction Award.
- Crossword Non-Fiction Award.
- Crossword Translation Award.
- Crossword Children’s Award.
- Crossword Popular Award.
The Crossword awards for Fiction, Non-Fiction, Translation & Children’s writing will each carry a cash prize of Rs. 3 lakhs, a trophy and a citation. The Popular Award entitles the winning author to a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh and a certificate.
In the case of a translated book, The Author and The Translator share the prize money equally.
In the case of a Children’s illustrated book, The Author, The Translator & The Illustrator share the prize money equally.