UBL Literature & Arts Awards
This platform, pioneered by UBL and Unique to any institution in Pakistan (Bank or otherwise) recognizes emerging talent in seven different categories and the nascent love of books in the country.


UBL is pleased to invite entries for the 11th UBL Literature & Arts Awards. Pakistani authors with books written and published from January 01, 2021 to December 31, 2022, can submit their work which is will be considered for the award.

Entries can be sent in the following categories:

  • Fiction – URDU
  • Non-Fiction – URDU
  • Poetry – URDU
  • Translation into URDU
  • Children’s Literature – URDU
  • Fiction – ENGLISH
  • Non-Fiction – ENGLISH
  • Children’s Literature – ENGLISH
  • Debut Book – URDU
  • Debut Book – ENGLISH
  • Best Song Lyrics
  • Best TV/OTT Drama Script
  • Best Pakistani Languages Literature
  • Best Online Literature

All books written by Pakistani Authors, published within and outside Pakistan can qualify for entry.

Send in four copies of your entries to:

United Bank Limited Corporate Affairs & Marketing 12th Floor, North Tower, UBL Head Office I.I. Chundrigar Road Karachi.

Work published online can be sent to ula.submissions@ubl.com.pk

We look forward to receiving your entries. Deadline for sending in your entries is October 15, 2023

UBL Literature & Arts Awards

This platform, pioneered by UBL and unique to any institution in Pakistan (Bank or otherwise) recognises emerging talent in different categories spanning fiction, non-fiction, poetry, translation and more to make it the most comprehensive Pakistani awards celebrating the field of literature and arts.

The UBL Literary Excellence Awards was introduced by the bank in 1967 as a commitment to elevate the literary standards of the country. Discontinued after the bank’s nationalization in the mid-1970’s this award was re-instituted at the bank’s Golden Jubilee Year – 2009. This revival was a clear indicator of UBL’s progressive sustainability agenda towards providing the much needed impetus to Pakistani writers.

The reincarnated Awards were held in Karachi in 2010. With each successive ceremony, these awards have now become a benchmark of literary success and are much appreciated by both the literary circles and the general public. The event is now well-recognized as acknowledgement of UBL’s contribution as a responsible corporate citizen, in supporting and promoting literary activities in Pakistan. UBL is now the recognized corporate patron of literature in the country.

The largest ever edition of UBL Literature & Arts Awards was celebrated in 2022, to mark a decade of this distinctive initiative UBL embarked on in 2012. The awards ceremony was attended by dignitaries from the Pakistani literature and arts fields, notable celebrities, media personalities and socialites, and was filled with entertainment and commendable portrayal of literary excellence and arts. Full list of winners from the 10th UBL Literature & Arts Awards available here: Press-Release-UBL-hold-10th-Edition-of-the-UBL-Literature-Arts-Award.pdf (ubldigital.com)

Award categories include: Best Fiction (Urdu & English), Best Non-Fiction (Urdu & English), Best Children’s Literature (Urdu and English), Best Debut Book (Urdu & English), Best Poetry (Urdu), Best Translation into Urdu, Best Song Lyrics, Best TV/OTT Drama Script, Best Pakistani Languages Literature, Best Online Literature. A Lifetime Achievement Award, showcasing an artist whose exemplary work has redefined Pakistani literature and arts is also awarded.

An august panel of judges is associated with these awards including the likes of (Late) Mr. Intizar Hussain, Dr. Asghar Nadeem Syed, Dr. Arfa Syeda, Ms. Kishwar Naheed, (Late) Dr. Asif Farrukhi, Ms. Muneeza Shamsie, (Late) Mr. Masood Ashar, Mr. Anwer Mooraj and Mr. Ghazi Salahuddin among others – all giants in the literary landscape of Pakistan.