About The Award  

Crossword Book Awards not only recognize and reward good writing, but also actively promote Indian authors and their books - making it the only Indian award of its kind to do so.

This year, the 16th Crossword Book Award will consist of the Jury Awards- Indian Fiction, Indian Non Fiction, English Language Translation & Children’s Writing Award with The Popular Award- Best Fiction Book of the year, Best Non Fiction of the year, Readers’ Choice Best Biography Book of the Year, Management Book of the Year, Health & Fitness Book of the Year, Best Children’s Book of the Year, and a Lifetime Achievement Award.

So rise to the need where the ear enjoys the melody played through the thoughtful words, eyes meet face to the written word, mind is allowed to wonder.

The Crossword Book Award is the only forum in India that gives a face to Indian authors and Indian literature, with a well-rounded jury mining gems from the length and breadth of the country.

These are your awards - join us in celebrating Indian writing.

“Before the award, I was known as ‘a leading writer from Kerala’ or ‘a leading Malayali writer’. When I won the Crossword Book Award in 1999, the press qualified me as ‘a leading Indian writer’.

Yes, this is what the award means to me.

All of a sudden, it transforms a regional writer like me into a national writer.

The Crossword Book Award gives us writers a new identity and an unflinching self-confidence. Bravo!

- M. Mukundan, winner of the 2006 Indian Language Fiction Translation Award for ‘Kesavan’s Lamentations’

“Winning the Crossword Book Award was one of the high points of my writing life and the reason for that is that there is no Award like the Crossword Award…

The thing about the Crossword Award is that we know who the jury is, we may not know before hand, but we do see afterwards.

These are our peers and there’s something spectacularly wonderful about being judged by your peers.

For me, it was deeply moving; it meant more to me than any other Award I’ve received.

-Amitav Ghosh, winner of the 2004 English Fiction prize for ‘The Hungry Tide’

“Contrary to popular opinion, Crossword hasn’t quite provided an Indian Booker.

Instead, it has gone one better – demonstrated that there’s enough good literature coming out of the country for us to have our own derby without looking longingly towards a western field of dreams.

Nilanjana Roy,
Business Standard

“While any talk of literary awards, especially Indian writing in English, eventually leads to Bookers, Whitbread’s and Pulitzers — in spite of our very own Sahitya Akademi and Jnanpith awards

Jnanpith awards — Vodafone Crossword Book Award is slowly but surely gaining prominence as a veritable Indian version of the Booker prize.

In fact, many Indian authors are appreciating this as a gesture of Indian books being lauded by Indians. Essentially, this is what the Vodafone Crossword Book Award aims to do.

Instituted in 1998, it wants to compete with the biggies.

In fact, it's already out to give the other awards some serious competition

-‘Naipaul, Rushdie in Indian Booker race’, CNN-IBN (www.ibnlive.com), 18th January 2006.

 Entries for 2018 


  • Publishers / Authors to fill separate entry forms for each book.
  • At the end of the submission the Publisher / Author will receive a verification email containing a unique code to be retained for further communication.
  • Kindly read the eligibility criteria before filling the form.
  • Please note that every field is mandatory to be filled, In absence of any field , entry will not be considered for the Award.
  • Publishers can submit only 05 entries in each category. Additional entries will not be considered.
  • Last Date of Entry Submission is Friday 22nd June 2018.
  • Please send 5 copies of the book to the below address post submission of the valid entry to Mr. Harshil Shah / Ms. Ketaki Pandey: Crossword Bookstores Ltd., 2nd Floor, Umang Tower, Off Link Road, Malad (West), Mumbai 400064.
  • Further communications/updates on the award will be sent on timely basis on the email id’s / contact number shared in the entry form.
  • For further queries please write to contactus@crossword.in


  • Entries can be full-length books or collections of essays or articles by an Indian author only.
  • Entries must be in English language.
  • Books published from 1st April 2017 to 30st June 2018 in India will be considered. In case, the book is yet to be released in that scenario 05 hardcopies of the finished book can be specially arranged by the publisher for the submission.
  • The decision of the Crossword Bookstores as to whether an entry is eligible shall be final and binding. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • Completed entries alongwith submission of five copies of the finished texts , which can be final proofs must be received by Crossword Bookstores by Friday 22nd June 2018.
  • The author of the books must be an Indian citizen & Indian Passport Holder*. The publisher must verify the author's citizenship before submitting the entries.
  • *Proof of Indian citizenship - valid Indian Passport / Voter’s ID Card / Birth Certificate / Aadhar Card must be provided if required. (If shortlisted, must be provide credentials for verification)
  • For the Translation category entries must be English translations of works in any Indian language.


a) It is a strict condition of entry that publishers agree to make it a priority to ensure that authors whose books are submitted or called in make themselves available for publicity and events from shortlist stage on, shortlisted authors will attend the award ceremony. If there is any problem over the author’s availability, Crossword Bookstores must be informed immediately.

b) None of the print copies which are required as part of the submissions process or as call-ins will be returned to the publishers.


  • Shortlisted authors/books will be disqualified incase the author doesn’t fulfill the criteria of being Indian Citizen.
  • Publisher/Author need to submit the copy of Indian Passport for verification within seven working days with Crossword Team on the announcement of the shortlisted authors.

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