Bharatendu Harishchandra Awards

Publications Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, has invited entries for Bharatendu Harishchandra Awards for the year 2005. The awards will be given for the published books/manuscripts written in Hindi on Journalism and Mass Communication, Women’s Issues, National Integration and Children’s Literature.
Under Journalism and Mass Communication, the award is given to encourage original and creative writing in Hindi on the subjects related to various disciplines of Mass Communication i.e., Journalism, Publicity, Advertisement, Radio, Television, Film, Printing, Publications etc. The first prize will be of Rs. 35,000, second of Rs. 25,000, third of Rs. 20,000 and five consolation prizes of Rs. 5,000 each.

Under Women’s Issues, the award is given to women writers for books on current issues concerning status of women in society. The National Integration Award is given for books on topics relating to National Integration. Under the Children’s Literature Category, the award is given for books for children. The amount of award is Rs. 15000/- and Rs. 10,000/- (first and second respectively) in each of the later three categories.

The last date for receipt of entries is 31st October, 2006.

The awards are open to all Indian authors, who can send their published books and typed manuscripts for acceptance. Books/manuscripts written during the period from 1st January, 2005 to 31st December, 2005 will be considered.

If a book/manuscript is written by more than one writer, the prize money will be divided among the writers equally. In case of a book/manuscript written by more than one writer, each writer should fill separate entry forms. Books/manuscripts on poetry, drama, novel, short story, biography are not included in this award. This however does not apply to the books and manuscripts on children’s literature category. The number of pages of the books sent under this scheme should not be less than 80 and that of manuscripts should not be less than 120. This however does not apply to books/manuscripts sent for children’s literature category. If an author is given this award in a particular year, his/her name will not be considered in the successive three years.

The entries should be sent to Assistant Director (OL), Room No. 342, Publications Division, Soochna Bhawan, C.G.O. Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi-110003 in the prescribed proforma duly filled in, along with six copies of the book/manuscript, two unstamped envelopes of 10x22 cms. size and brief life sketch in not more than 100 words. If less than six copies of the book/manuscript are received, the entry will be rejected. The request for rules, regulations and entry forms must be accompanied with an unstamped self-addressed envelope of 10x22 cms. size. All correspondence in this regard should be addressed to Assistant Director (OL) at the above noted address.