The Hindu has always been committed to promoting good literature — both in English and Indian languages — showcased through the Literary Review. In 2010, in the 20th year of the Literary Review, the idea of a prize that would commemorate the best of Indian Writing in English was mooted. And The Hindu Literary Prize was instituted to honour writers who have spent their lifetime mining the human spirit through their words and ideas.
Publishers are invited to send in entries — full length novels or short story collections by one author — in May-June every year. A distinguished panel of judges comprising writers, academicians and critics decides the shortlist and the final winner. Now renamed The Hindu Prize for Fiction, this award stands proud and equal to the many other coveted literary awards of the world.