UBL Literary Excellence Awards

The ‘UBL Literary Excellence Awards’ is an initiative with the objective to encourage new writers and appreciate the ones who have rendered their services towards Urdu and English literature in Pakistan. Initiated in 2010, with the objective to promote Pakistani writers as well as encourage the habit of reading in the Pakistani populace, the first Awards ceremony was held on 2nd May, 2011, in Karachi. The coverage and accolades received from public are proof of its transparency, fair play and achievement.

In 2014, UBL is planning to hold the fourth consecutive awards ceremony for books written in Urdu and English by Pakistani writers published between January 2013 and December 2013. Nominations for the event have been invited, which can be sent in by the authors themselves, or also by other people who have read and appreciated their work. This year, the categories for awards as well as the prize money are as below:

  • Categories   Prize Money (PKR)
  • Best Urdu - Fiction   150,000
  • Best Urdu – Non Fiction    150,000
  • Best Urdu – Poetry    150,000
  • Best Urdu – Children’s Book    100,000
  • Best English – Fiction    150,000
  • Best English – Non Fiction    150,000
  • Best English – Children’s Book    100,000
  • Best Translation to Urdu    150,000

The event hopes to inculcate in Pakistanis a fondness for literature as well as encourage writers to come forward and promote their work.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Authors must be Pakistani Nationals and all books must be published in Pakistan.
  • All submissions must be received along with a copy of the author’s/sender’s valid CNIC and a covering letter indicating name, address, and telephone/cell phone number of the respective authors/senders.
  • Three copies of each submission must be sent along with the nomination.
  • Plagiarized submissions and their authors will be barred from this and any further entries.

Nominations and books may be sent to the below given address, latest by August 25, 2014:

UBL-Jang Literary Excellence Awards

Corporate Communications & Public Relations Division

United Bank Limited

7th Floor, State Life Building No. 1,

I.I. Chundrigar Road,

Karachi, Pakistan

Remember – Last date for sending in nominations and books is August 25, 2014.