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Longlist announced for VoW Books Awards, 2024

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By Dr Tania Saili Bakshi

Dehradun, 22 May: Thirty odd publishers including Hindi and English. Close to five hundred books. The Eight Edition of the Valley of Words, Literature and Art Festival received an overwhelming response for its coveted VoW Book Awards 2024 under all eight categories.

The nomination form for this year’s awards was shared on the festival’s website mid-January. The last date for filing nominations across eight genres: English and Hindi Fiction, English and Hindi Non-fiction, Translation from Bhashas of Bharat to Hindi and English, as well as Writings for Young Adults and Writings for Children (both being bilingual categories) was set for the 15th of March, 2024.

Over nine weeks since the nomination form was released, the Secretariate was inundated with submissions under all categories with the English Non-Fiction Category touching almost two hundred entries. A curated longlist of ten titles was sent out by May in each category to the 2024 jury that brings together the previous year winners of VoW Book Awards.

Festival Director Dr Sanjeev Chopra stated, “We are overwhelmed by the exceptionally high standard and diversity of books received in all the eight genres. The jury will indeed have a tough time in selecting the shortlist, as there is a marked improvement in the quality of text, design format and the attention to the cover and back pages.”

Over the next few weeks, the jury will begin the rigorous selection procedure of reading, evaluating and finding gems amongst the long list. Together with its knowledge partner, the National Digital Library of India, the Valley of Words|Shabdavali will begin announcing its shortlist starting 19 June, 2024, during the National Reading Month, in honour of PN Panicker, the father of the Library and Literacy Movement in Kerala.

The final winner under each of the eight categories will be announced in early November and felicitated at the Festival’s Signature Event on 16-17 November in Dehradun.

VoW|Shabdavali not only promotes literature but also encourages art and artists. Iti Natya (school theatre competition), Iti Nritya (presentation of Indian classical dances) are an integral part of the festival. Monthly literary discussions with authors at the VoW Café, i.e., ‘Author from the Valley’ and ‘Candid Conversations’ along with ‘Afternoons with an Author’, hosted online the last Sunday of every month have made it on the monthly calendar of the VoW growing family.

In its eighth year running, the literary festival has created new milestones along the way with the support of their institutional partners and sponsors. The Valley of Words, Literature Festival has become India’s first and finest pan – India festival of the Literature and Arts with knowledge verticals held at Indore, Pune, Chennai and its hometown of Dehradun, of course.