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PFC-VoW Book Awards 2021 - Winners

We would like to congratulate all the winners of the PFc-VoW Book Awards 2021, and thank all the authors, translators, publishers and jury members who took this year's Book Awards to greater heights!

After a stimulating two-month pan-India marathon event in five cities – New Delhi to Baroda, Kolkata to Hyderabad, and now finally the three-day finale in its own home Dehradun – the Valley of Words Literature and Arts Festival comes to a close this weekend.


Today afternoon i.e. the 19th of November the Festival Director Dr Sanjeev Chopra announced the much-awaited winners of the PFC-VoW 2021 Book Awards across all eight categories of English literature and Hindi sahitya.


VoW accepted submissions for the 2021 Awards honoring works published in the year 2020. With an esteemed Jury for each of the eight categories, over five hundred nominations from publishing houses across the country were received. This year there was also a new category added: Writings / Picture Books for Children (bilingual) which saw a very enthusiastic response.


The Longlists for this year became a reading guide for many, and were critically acclaimed across the board. The Shortlists formed the basis of the eight sessions themselves this year, with the selected shortlisted authors joining in to various venues for thought-provoking conversations both physically and virtually.


The Winners for this years PFC-VoW Book Awards 2021 are:

Hindi Non-fiction
Vidrohi Sanyaasi
Rajeev Sharma
Prabhat Prakashan

Translated into English
The Loneliness of Hira Barua
Ranjita Biswas
(Arupa Patangia Kalita)
Pan Macmillan

Translated into Hindi
Padmaja Ghorpade (Sharankumar Limbale)
Vani Prakashan

Writings for Young Adults
Loki Takes Guard
Menaka Raman
Speaking Tiger Publishing

English Non-fiction
Ishtiaq Ahmed
Penguin Random House India

Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
Analog/ Virtual
Lavanya Lakshminarayan
Hachette India

Writings/ Picture Books for Children
A Quiet Girl
Paro Anand
Penguin Random House India

The Valley of Words team  extends warm congratulations to all the winners this year!

Thank you for joining us in this celebration of the Word – and beyond.