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Yuva Puraskar-2017

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open30-Sep-2016
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AwardRs. 50,000, a plaque and a citation
EligibilityBelow 35 years of age
RegionAll India
Scholarship provider contact details

Head Office
Secretary, Sahitya Akademi
Rabindra Bhavan 35, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi-110001
Phone: 011-23386626/27/28; Fax: 011-23382428

Regional Secretary
Central College Campus University Library Building Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Veedhi, Bangalore-560001
Phone: 91-80-22245152, 22130870; Fax: 080-22121932

Regional Secretary
4 Debendra Lal Khan Road, Kolkata-700025
Phone: (033)-2419-1683/ 2419-1706; Fax: 033-24191684

Regional Secretary
172, Mumbai Marathi Granth Sangrahalaya Marg, Sharada Cinema Building,
Dadar (East), Mumbai-400014
Phone: 022-24135744, 24131948; Fax: 022-24147650

Office Incharge, Sahitya Akademi
Guna Buildings, II Floor, No. 443 (304), Anna Salai,
Teynampet, Chennai-600018
Phone: 044-24311741, 24354815; Fax: 044-24311741

What is Yuva Puraskar-2017?

For Yuva Puraskar 2017, Sahitya Akademi is inviting books from publishers and young Indian authors of the age of 35 and below in all the 24 languages recognized by the Akademi. 

Sahitya Akademi introduced Yuva Puraskar in 2011 to encourage young writers writing in Indian languages.Since then a total of 106 awards have been given to the best book by young Indian authors in the Indian languages recognized by the Akademi, viz., Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Santali, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. 

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

  1. In order to be eligible for the award, the book must be an outstanding contribution to the language and literature to which it belongs.  The book may be a creative or a critical work, but must not be
    1. a work of translation; or
    2. an abridgement, or a compilation, or an annotation; or
    3. a treatise or research work prepared for a university degree or any examination;
    4. the work of an author who has earlier won an award from the Akademi (other than the Bal Sahitya Puraskar /Translation Prize); or
    5. the work of an author who is a member of the Executive Board of the Akademi;
    6. beyond the age of 35 years on 1st January of the year of the award.
  2. An incomplete work may be considered for the award only if the part that comprises the book is complete in itself.
  3. A posthumous publication is not eligible for Award.
  4. A book shall be disqualified for the award if it is established to the satisfaction of the Executive Board that canvassing has been done by the author.

How can you apply ?

The applicants must send their entries by post to the nearest postal address given.

Terms and Conditions


  1. There shall be an award every year for the first book or the best book by a young Indian author, whose age is 35 or below on 1st January of the year of the award, first published in any of the languages recognised by the Sahitya Akademi (hereafter referred to as the Akademi).
  2. The award shall consist of such amount as the Akademi may from time to time decide besides a citation that brings out, briefly, the book’s significance and its author’s contribution to his/her language and literature.
  3. Where two or more books are found to be of equal merit, the total literary contribution and standing of their authors shall be taken into consideration in deciding the award.  The decision of members of the Jury is final in this regard.

The Preliminary Panel and its Functions

  1. The Preliminary Panel shall consist of ten Referees.  These Referees shall be nominated by the President after considering suggestions of the members of the Language Advisory Board concerned.
  2. The recommendations received from members of the Language Advisory Board shall be compiled and sent to each Referee.
  3. Each Referee should recommend two books.  These titles may be selected either out of the list sent in pursuance of rule 4 (2) above or by the Referee on his/her own
  4. Each Referee shall be paid such remuneration as the Akademi may determine from time to time.


The Jury and its Functions

  1. The recommendations of Referees in the Preliminary Panel shall be considered by a three-member Jury.  The Jury members shall be selected by the President after considering the recommendations in this behalf by the members of the Language Advisory Board concerned.
  2. The Akademi shall purchase book(s) recommended by the Referees in the Preliminary Panel and send them to the Jury members and to the Convener.
  3. The Convener shall act as the link between the Jury and the Akademi.  He/she will ensure that the meeting of the Jury is conducted properly and satisfactorily and will countersign the report of the Jury.
  4. The Jury members shall, either by consensus or by majority, recommend a book for the award.  They may also recommend that, in their opinion, no book is eligible for the award during the year.  In the event of a member not being able to attend the meeting, he/she may convey his/her view in writing.
  5. The members of the Jury and the Convener shall be paid, besides actual travelling allowance, daily allowance at rates payable to members of the Executive Board.


Declaration of Award

  1. The recommendation of the Jury shall be placed before the Executive Board for formal approval and announcement of the award. The names of the Jury members and the shortlisted books in the final stage shall be made public simultaneously with the announcement of the Award.



  1. If the time limit for submission of the recommendations is not observed by a member of the Language Advisory Board or by a Referee, the Akademi shall presume that he or she has no recommendation to make and shall proceed accordingly unless, in any particular case, it is in a position to extend the time limit and actually does so.
  2. The award ceremony shall be held on such date and at such place as the Executive Board may decide.

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