The award carries a cash prize of 15 lakh and a citation. Goa-based Sail is a renowned bi-lingual writer who has four Marathi dramas and seven Konkani novels to his credit. He has also written five short stories and a novel in Marathi
. His book ‘Hawthan’ is a well-researched work of fiction presenting the cultural map of the traditional potter community of Goa
. The previous recipients of the Saraswati Samman, instituted by K K Birla Foundation, include former Union minister M Veerappa Moily, S L Bhyrappa, K Aiyappa Panickar, Vijay Tendulkar, Padma Sachdev and Harivansh Rai Bachchan.