Sahitya Akademi Award for English
Award for contributions to English literature
Sahitya Akademi Award - Surjit Patar.JPG
Awarded forLiterary award in India
Sponsored bySahitya Akademi, Government of India
Reward(s)1 lakh (US$1,300)
First awarded1960
Last awarded2021
Total awarded50
First winnerR. K. Narayan
Most Recent winnerNamita Gokhale

The Sahitya Akademi Award is the second-highest literary honor in India. The Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters, aims at "promoting Indian literature throughout the world". The Akademi annually confers on writers of "the most outstanding books of literary merit". The awards are given for works published in any of the 24 languages recognised by the akademi.[1] Instituted in 1954, the award recognizes and promotes excellence in writing and acknowledge new trends. The annual process of selecting awardees runs for the preceding twelve months. As of 2015, the award comprises a plaque and a cash prize of 1 lakh (US$1,300).[1][2]


R. K. Narayan was the first winner of this award.
R. K. Narayan was the first winner of this award.

Namita Gokhale is the recent winner of this award.
Namita Gokhale is the recent winner of this award.
Year Book Writer Category of Books
1960 The Guide R. K. Narayan Novel
1964 The Serpent and the Rope Raja Rao Novel
1965 The Tribal World of Verrier Elwin Verrier Elwin Autobiography
1967 Shadow From Ladakh Bhabani Bhattacharya Novel
1969 An Artist in Life Niharranjan Ray Biography
1971 Morning Face Mulk Raj Anand Novel
1975 Scholar Extraordinary Nirad C. Chaudhuri Biography
1976 Jawaharlal Nehru Sarvepalli Gopal Biography
1977 Azadi Chaman Nahal Novel
1978 Fire on the Mountain Anita Desai Novel
1979 Inside the Haveli Rama Mehta Novel
1980 On the Mother K. R. Srinivasa Iyengar Biography
1981 Relationship Jayanta Mahapatra Poetry
1982 The Last Labyrinth Arun Joshi Novel
1983 Latter-Day Psalms Nissim Ezekiel Poetry
1984 The Keeper of the Dead Keki N. Daruwalla Poletry
1985 Collected Poems Kamala Das Poetry
1986 Rich Like Us Nayantara Sahgal Novel
1987 Trapfalls In the Sky Shiv K. Kumar Poetry
1988 The Golden Gate Vikram Seth Novel
1989 The Shadow Lines Amitav Ghosh Novel
1990 That Long Silence Shashi Deshpande Novel
1991 The Trotter-Nama I. Allan Sealy Novel
1992 Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra Ruskin Bond Novel
1993 After Amnesia G. N. Devy Essays
1994 Serendip Dom Moraes Poetry
1996 Memories of Rain Sunetra Gupta Novel
1998 Final Solutions and Other Plays Mahesh Dattani Drama
1999 The Collected Poems A. K. Ramanujan Poetry
2000 Cuckold Kiran Nagarkar Novel
2001 Rajaji: A Life Rajmohan Gandhi Biography
2002 A New World Amit Chaudhuri Novel
2003 The Perishable Empire Meenakshi Mukherjee Essays
2004 The Mammaries of the Welfare State Upamanyu Chatterjee Novel
2005 The Algebra of Infinite Justice Arundhati Roy Essays
2006 The Sari Shop Rupa Bajwa Novel
2007 Disorderly Women Malathi Rao Novel
2009 Mahabharata: An Inquiry into the Human Condition Chaturvedi Badrinath Criticism
2010 The Book of Rachel Esther David Novel
2011 India after Gandhi[3] Ramachandra Guha[4] Historical Narrative
2012 These Errors are Correct Jeet Thayil[5] Poetry
2013 Laburnum For My Head Temsula Ao[6] Short stories
2014 Trying to Say Goodbye Adil Jussawalla Poetry
2015 Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer Cyrus Mistry Novel
2016 Em and the Big Hoom Jerry Pinto Novel
2017 The Black Hill Mamang Dai Novel
2018 The Blind Lady's Descendants Anees Salim[7] Novel
2019 An Era of Darkness Shashi Tharoor[8] Novel (non-fiction)
2020 When God is a Traveller Arundhathi Subramaniam[9] Poetry
2021 Things to Leave Behind Namita Gokhale[10] Novel

Further reading


  1. ^ a b "Akademi Awards". Sahitya Akademi. Archived from the original on 25 September 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Poets dominate 2009 Sahitya Akademi Awards". The Hindu. 24 December 2009. Archived from the original on 27 December 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  3. ^ "POETS DOMINATE SAHITYA AKADEMI AWARDS 2011" (PDF) (Press release). Sahitya Akademi. 21 December 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 May 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Guha wins it for narrative history". The Hindu. 21 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Jeet Thayil among 24 selected for Sahitya Akademi Awards". The Hindu. 21 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Poets dominate Sahitya Akademi Awards 2013" Archived 19 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Sahitya Akademi. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Sahitya Akademi Main Award 2018" (PDF). Sahitya Akademi. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Sahitya Akademi Main Award 2019" (PDF). Sahitya Akademi. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Veerappa Moily, Arundhathi Subramania among others to receive Sahitya Akademi Award-2020". Indian Express. 12 March 2021.
  10. ^ K. Sreenivasarao (30 December 2021). "Sahitya Akademi Award 2021 - List of Winners" (PDF). Sahitya Akademi.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)