Book Awards In Iran

There are several book award events in the Islamic Republic that aim to appreciate top authors. They are as follows.

1- Annual Book Award of the Islamic Republic of Iran

The book award is the oldest and most credible book award in Iran with a first such award handed in 1983. The book award is delivered to authors of top titles (first edition) published in the preceding year.

Top titles are classified according to 11 Dewey categories of generalities, philosophy and psychology, religion, social sciences, language, pure sciences, applied sciences, art, literature, history and geography, and children and youngsters (except for educational texts, teaching aid materials, or offset printed titles). They are awarded to top publications that may be authored, translated or edited.

2- Jalal AL Ahmad Literary Award

A first edition of the major literary award was staged by the cultural department of the IRI Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance in 2008, by virtue of a resolution by the IRI Cultural Revolution Council.

The award is handed annually on November 22, the anniversary of the able, creative author, Jalal al Ahmad. The jury may referee any first edition titles published during the preceding year. Literary categories approved for the contest are long story, short stories, literary criticism, documentaries and historiography.

3- Parvin E’tesami Literary Award

A first edition of the major literary award was staged by the cultural department of the IRI Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance in 2004, by virtue of a resolution by the IRI Cultural Revolution Council.

The award is handed to top authored or translated titles of women of pen in the two age ranges of children and adults. Any first edition titles published in Persian in the two preceding years will be admitted. Literary categories approved for the contest are poems, narrative literature, dramatic literature, children literature and research literature.

Every edition will also appreciate a foreign author active in the field of Persian literature. The award will be handed every other year concurrent with a day designated in the Iranian calendar to mark the memory of the Iranian renowned poetess, Parvin E’tesami.

4- Seasonal Book Award

A first edition of the award was staged by the cultural department of the IRI Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance in 2007. At the end of every season, authors of top titles that have been published for the first time ever during the season will be awarded and publishers of the titles will be appreciated.

Any titles may contest the award except for educational texts, teaching aid materials, or offset printed titles.

5- Book Criticism Festival

The festival was initiated in 2004 by the cultural department of the IRI Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Critiques published in credible Iranian journals during the preceding year on such topics as generalities, literature, philosophy, social sciences, history and geography, religion, art, and children and youngsters will be refereed by the jury.

A veteran critic, a young critic and a top journal will be appreciated in every edition of the award. The criticism festival is staged annually simultaneous with the Book Week.

4- First Stride Award

The award was initiated in 2010. The award may be handed to top authors who have penned and published a work in poetry or a short or long story either for children or for adults. The IRI House of Book is in charge of the award.

The ceremony is staged annually in autumn in a joint project with a provincial center.