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Sahitya Akademi Awards 2023

Why is it in the news?

  • Sahitya Akademi declares the annual awards for 2023.
  • Recognizes exceptional books published between January 2017 and December 31, 2021.

About Sahitya Akademi Awards

  • Instituted in 1954.
  • Literary honor conferred annually by Sahitya Akademi.
  • Recognizes outstanding books of literary merit in 24 major Indian languages.
  • Awards given to books first published during the five years immediately preceding the year of the award.
  • Aims to recognize and promote excellence in Indian writing while acknowledging emerging literary trends.
  • Second-highest literary honor by the Government of India, following the Jnanpith award.

Other Sahitya Akademi Awards

  • Sahitya Akademi Bal Sahitya Puraskar: Recognizing an author’s overall contribution to children’s literature.
  • Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar: Applicable to books published by authors aged 35 and below.

Criteria for Awardee

  • Author must be an Indian national.
  • The award is conferred to living writers and is not awarded posthumously.
  • Eligible works must represent outstanding contributions to their respective language and literature.
  • In case of equal merit, criteria such as overall literary contribution and the standing of authors are considered.


Jnanpith Award

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Prestigious Indian literary award presented annually by Bhartiya Jnanpith.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Recognizes outstanding contributions to literature.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Instituted in 1961.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Exclusively awarded to Indian writers in languages listed in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India and English.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 No posthumous awards.

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