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  Jury Shortlist  


Amit Choudhary
Penguin RH

Prayaag Akbar
Simon & Schuster India

Deepak Unnikrishnan
Penguin Random House

Pradeep Sebastian
Hachette India

Upamanyu Chatterjee
Speaking Tiger


Tripti Lahiri
Aleph Book Company

Snighda Poonam
India Viking

Marryam H Reshii
Hachette India

Manu S Pillai
Juggernaut India

Ira Mukhoty
Aleph Book Company 

Children's Books

Nandhika Nambi
Duckbill Books

Arushi Raina
Duckbill Books

Devapriya Roy and Priya Kuriyan
Westland Books

Payal Dhar
Rupa Publications

Shabnam Minwalla
Harper Collins India


R.N. Joe D'Cruz
Translated By - G. Geetha
Oxford University Press

Rita Chowdhury
Pan Macmillan India

Translated By - Shahnaz Habib
Juggernaut Books

Perumal Murugan Translated By - N Kalyan Raman
Juggernaut Books

K.R. Meera
Translated By - Ministhy S.
Penguin Random House India

  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.

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.

“I have seen the Crossword Book Awards grow from their inception into the leaders they are today. So receiving the Crossword Book Lifetime Achievement Award earlier in 2018 was a wonderful gesture and an honor that I will always cherish and treasure.

The Crossword Book Awards are special indeed - they renew my belief that the longing and love of reading will last long after I am gone and that is the biggest award I could ever receive! “

- Sudha Murty, Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award – 15th year.

“Winning the Crossword Book award for my book - CHANAKYA IN YOU,

in 2016 is something I treasure a lot.

I have got many awards, yet winning this is something that matters to me.

I have been so fortunate that 4 of my books have got nominated for Crossword awards till now. Whether you win the award or get nominated it gives you a special honour.

It is like getting nominated for the Oscars - being nominated itself is an achievement. Winning of course is the best. Feeling blessed. Feeling privileged.

Thanks to Crossword awards for making me the No.1 Businesses author in India.”

- Radhakrishnan Pillar, Winner of the Popular Award in Business & Management for the book “Chanakya in You”

Winning the Crossword book Award is the validation of the fact that you’ve written a good book which is appreciated by the jury, by the readers and by the voters.

So for me winning the Crossword Book Award in India for an Indian author is the perfect validation that an author can get.

- Ravi Subramanian, 3 time winner of the Crossword Book Award – Popular Award - Fiction

“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 — 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 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 (, 18th January 2006.