Founded by Alhoda International Cultural, Artistic and Publishing Institute, the Balkh Festival tends to expand mutual cultural interests between Iranian and Afghan thinkers and writers by commemorating and awarding outstanding figures and achievements in this regard.
Persian as the common language between the two nations is emphasized, since it is easily understandable for both peoples. Hence, the Balkh Book Award will be awarded every two years to superior books after examination in two phases of all works written in the form of compilations, research, travelogue, translation and documentary on political, social, historical, and literary aspects of Afghanistan and published in Iran.
The Balkh Book Award announces its finalists on February 17, that is surprisingly the very day Sadeq Hedayat Awards’ Finalists are also announced.
You can register for the biennial in due time here.
Winners of literature category
- “This Persian Sugar” by Mashhad-based Afghan poet Mohammad-Kazem Kazemi,
- “Red Rose of a Troubled-Heart” by Mohammad-Javad Khavari
- “Resistance Poetry of Afghanistan” by Abutaleb Mozaffari and Nader Ahmadi