Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters, is the central institution for literary dialogue, publication, and promotion in the country and the only institution that undertakes literary activities in 24 Indian languages, including English. Over the 56 years of its dynamic existence, it has ceaselessly endeavored to promote good taste and healthy reading habits, to keep alive the intimate dialogue among the various linguistic and literary zones and groups through seminars, lectures, symposia, discussions, readings and performances, to increase the pace of mutual translations through workshops and individual assignments and to develop a serious literary culture through the publications of journals, monographs, individual creative works of every genre, anthologies, encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, who’s who of writers and histories of literature.

The Annual Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar Rules

  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 recognized 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.


  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 abridgment, 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 To Apply

submit the entry at the nearest center given below.

*There is no online registration.

for more details please visit the official website HERE

official notification is available HERE

To Apply please visit following Centers:

  • Head Office: Secretary, Sahitya Akademi
    Rabindra Bhavan 35, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi-110001
    Phone: 011-23386626/27/28; Fax: 011-23382428
    Email: secretary@sahitya-akademi.gov.in.
  • Bangalore: Regional Secretary
    Central College Campus University Library Building Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Veedhi, Bangalore-560001
    Phone: 91-80-22245152, 22130870; Fax: 080-22121932
    E-mail: rs.rob@sahitya-akademi.gov.in
  • Kolkata: Regional Secretary
    4 Debendra Lal Khan Road, Kolkata-700025
    Phone: (033)-2419-1683/ 2419-1706; Fax: 033-24191684
    E-mail: rs.rok@sahitya-akademi.gov.in
  • Mumbai: Regional Secretary
    172, Mumbai Marathi Granth Sangrahalaya Marg, Sharada Cinema Building,
    Dadar (East), Mumbai-400014
    Phone: 022-24135744, 24131948; Fax: 022-24147650
    E-mail: rs.rom@sahitya-akademi.gov.in
  • Chennai: Office Incharge, Sahitya Akademi
    Guna Buildings, II Floor, No. 443 (304), Anna Salai,
    Teynampet, Chennai-600018
    Phone: 044-24311741, 24354815; Fax: 044-24311741
    E-mail: sahityaakademichennai@gmail.com

Deadline for the offline submission is 16th August 2017.