Book Awards 

VoW's signature event recognizing best authors and books published in a calendar year in eight categories

A signature event where VoW acknowledges the authors, the best books published in the previous calendar year in eight categories: Hindi Fiction , Nonfiction and Translations from Bhashas of Bharat , English Fiction , Nonfiction and Translations from Bhashas of Bharat besides the best offerings in children’s’ literature and writings for Young Adults 

VoW Book Awards - 2022


Valley of Words (VoW), a not-for-profit initiative of the Valley of Words Foundation Trust based in Dehradun, is marked its fifth edition in a new Pan-Indian ‘phygital’ format across 5 weekends and 5 cities designed to overcome the obstacles created by COVID 19.


This year we began the Festival on the 9th & 10th of October at New Delhi for the Military History and Strategy Vertical; followed by Vadodara for Hindi Fiction and Non-Fiction on the 23rd & 24th of October; then Kolkata for English Fiction and Non-Fiction on the 6th & 7th of November; Hyderabad from 13th -14th of November for Young Adult Literature and Translation; and the final segment in Dehradun concluded with Children’s Literature and Picturebooks (our new Award Category this year), Anuvaad, and the History of Science from the 19th to 21st of November.


This year, more than ever, we took the love of literature far beyond our own valley into every corner of the country.


The Power Finance Corporation and Valley of Words have joined hands again to acknowledge and platform the best of Indian literature, written in both English and Hindi, from the previous calendar year through the PFC-VoW Book Awards in eight categories – including the new category of Children’s Writings and Picture-books (bilingual) instituted from 2020 onwards.


The Longlist of 10 books is decided by eminent Juries, and then brought down to the 5 shortlisted titles around which are designed the English Literature and Hindi Sahitya verticals of the Festival. We are committed to supporting diversity and
inclusion, and to facilitating conversations around Indian languages and literature – especially in translation. Increasingly, we also hope to engage with Indian writings for the young adults and children who will be the future of our country.


The Winners of the 2021 PFC-VoW Book Awards were Lavanya Lakshminarayan, Ishtiaq Ahmed, Ranjita Biswas (for Arupa Patangia Kalita), Alka Saraogi, Rajeev Sharma, Padmaja Ghorpade (for Sharankumar Limbale), Menaka Raman, and Paro Anand.

Past Book Award Winners