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This award recognizes outstanding creative writing, use of language, quality of articulation and coherence that covers news, sports, business, entertainment or any other aspect relating to South Asia or South Asians.

The submitted piece(s) of work must have:

Appeared in a North American (US and Canadian) news outlet between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017. Work published in a South Asian publication is not eligible for entry

  • Covered or focused on an issue affecting one or more South Asian countries or the South Asian worldwide diaspora.
  • Been produced by a journalist of South Asian origin based anywhere in the world  but reporting for a North American outlet, OR a journalist of non-South Asian origin based anywhere in the world who has reported in or about South Asia for a North American outlet.

  Other criteria:


  • Awards are open to all US and Canadian media: national newspapers/TV channels, local/regional newspapers/TV channels, news and features websites, and other online platforms that do not include personal blogs.
  • Freelancers and journalists employed by newsrooms are eligible to apply by submitting a story published in a North American publication.
  • Individuals may submit entries or organizations may enter the contest on behalf of their journalist.
  • Multiple entries may be made. However, the same entry cannot be submitted in different categories.
  • Former SAJA board members are eligible to apply but they must not have served on the board since past two years. 

  Note: The countries that we consider as part of "South Asia" are India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives, Bhutan and Afghanistan.