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PFC-VoW Book Awards 2021

Dear Publisher,

Greetings from the Valley of Words and Team PFC–VOW Book Awards!


Thank  you for your support and cooperation in making the Book Awards an integral part of  VOW: a literature and arts  festival with a distinct multigenre, multilingual and intergenerational approach. Our fourth edition went virtual in India’s first-of-its-kind phygital festival experience – a format we plan to continue working with so that all our sessions are online, offline, and archived forever. 


Over the last four years, the Valedictory Session which features announcements of the PFC-VOW Book Awards and the Acceptance Speeches of Awardees has received the highest footfalls in the festival.  Our 2021 Award-winners includedParo Anand,  Lavanya Lakshminarayan, Ishtiaq Ahmed, Alka Saraogi, Rajeev Sharma, Menaka Raman, Padmaja Ghorpade and Ranjita Biswas.

Power Finance Corporation, one of India’s leading Navratna companies in the power sector, has been supporting the annual Awards in our quest to discover and showcase the best of Indian literature published every calendar year. As such, we are now inviting nominations for the 2021 edition of the PFC-VOW Book Awards in the eight categories given below. Books published in the calendar year 2020, viz from January 1 2020 to 31 December 2020, are eligible for nomination.

  • English Fiction 
  • English Non-fiction
  • Translation from Regional Language to English 
  • Hindi Fiction 
  • Hindi Non-fiction
  • Translation from Regional Language to Hindi 
  • Writings for Young Adults – Hindi or English; bilingual (11-16 years)
  • Writings/ Picture Books for Children – Hindi or English; bilingual (5-10 years)

Kindly send five identical hard copies of the nominated book by 31st March 2021 to:


VOW Foundation Trust

43, USHA, Sahastradhara Road, 




All publishers must register themselves before nominating books. All nominations must be uploaded on the website using the nomination section at Nominate a Book – Valley of Words.


For any queries, please do write in to us at


We look forward to receiving multiple nominations from your end, and hope to meet you and your authors at the fifth edition of the Valley of Words from 19th to 21st November, 2021!