Wednesday, September 26, 2007

caferati Listings 12: Crossposted

Caferati Listings 12

A Delhi Press magazine wants freelance writers

Delhi Press, India's largest magazine publishing house, is seeking freelance writers for a new fortnightly magazine to be launched in January.

The magazine, Caravan, will be modelled after magazines like The New Republic and The New Yorker—a text-heavy magazine dedicated to high-caliber, long-form journalism. Caravan's primary focus will be on domestic and international politics and social issues, with secondary emphasis on topics such as arts and culture, travel, sports, science and technology, environment, education and business. Any story idea is on the table, provided it would be of interest and importance to to a socially-conscious, intellectually-curious Indian reader.

Caravan also has at least one opening for a fulltime editor.

For any questions or information, contact associate editor Ben Frumin at ben DOT frumin AT delhipress DOT in or bfrumin AT gmail DOT com.

The Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize - an update

An update of the listing in Edition 10. The complete listing is:

The Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize is a cash award of one lakh rupees.
A 3-member panel of judges will shortlist entries. The 2008 panel of judges includes William Dalrymple and Kamila Shamsie.
We invite entries in the following genres: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction (travel writing, autobiography, biography, and narrative journalism) and drama.

Open to first-time authors of all ages.
The book must be published between June 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008.
Only books published in India are eligible.
Publications must be in English or translated into English from an Indian language.
Vanity press publications are ineligible.
Deadline for entries is July 15, 2008.

Jeet Thayil will be happy to answer specific questions. Please email jeet DOT thayil AT gmail DOT com. Or leave a query, with your email address, here .

Undercover Utopia invites submissions

From an email:

We have launched our imprint Undercover Utopia. The first book, November Rain, came out last month. The next one is due out next month.

As on 15th September we have opened our doors to new submissions. The website is Look for the submission tab while browsing around, or head for sitemap. We are offering some of the best terms to writers in India, though we are looking for writers from around the world. Two US writers have already submitted their complete illustrated children's books to us, and we have already signed on one Caferati member as our next novelist. His book will be out in December this year. We don't ask our writers to organize/spend on their book launches unlike all other Indian publishers. We are accepting submissions in any genre but the book has to be a novel—no short stories—a novel with a very strong plot.

Submitted by Abhigyan Jha of Undercover Utopia.

Platform magazine wants a features writer.

Platform is looking for a Features Writer interested in the creative arts for feature-based columns. Those interested please contact us at info AT platform-mag DOT com and/or ssiganporia AT gmail DOT com.

Hat tip: Danish Husain

Got a dog story?

Excerpted from an email

I am now compiling a database of real-life incidents in which Pariah/Pariah-mix dogs have proved to be good watchdogs. The data will be used by canine behaviour consultant Shirin Merchant, the WSD adoption programme and the Indian Pariah Dog Club. It will also be available online for public reference.

If you know of any street dogs/building compound dogs/pet Pariah/pet Pariah-mix dogs who have prevented burglaries and other crimes, please mail the story to wsdindia AT gmail DOT com with a copy to rajashree DOT khalap AT If you did not personally witness the event, the story must be from a reliable and named source. Please mention at least an appoximate date, the location where it occurred, and whatever information you have about the dog (age / gender / description / etc).

The Welfare Of Stray Dogs(WSD) Tel: +91 22 23733433. E:mail: wsd AT wsdindia DOT org or wsdindia AT gmail DOT com

Hat-tip: Priya Pathiyan.

State Times wants writers

A new English daily newspaper, State Times, is looking for part-time or full-time writers, news associates, investigative journalists, etcetera. Please write to editor DOT kumar AT gmail DOT com

Submitted by Ajay Kumar via the Caferati forum.

Citizens For Peace wants submissions for its Peace Tree

2nd October is no longer just an important date on the Indian calendar. It is now the day on which people across the globe will observe the United Nations Day of Non-Violence.

On this special day, Citizens for Peace, in partnership with Times of India, is planning a Peace Mela - an evening dedicated to creative expressions of the striving for peace through music, song, poetry, dance, drama, films and more. The Peace Mela will be held in Mumbai (at the Horniman Circle/Asiatic Library space ) on the evening of 2nd October. It will be a five hour long gathering of well-known performing artists as well as unknown young talent.

You are invited to participate, with poems, prose pieces, posters, photographs etc., all on the theme of peace. The Horniman Garden area will be used to display poems, photographs and prose pieces that people have sent in.
Poems: Max 150 words
Prose pieces: Max 250 words
Photographs (prints): A3 or A4 sizes
Entries to be sent by either email or post.
By email to: meghann AT mdiworld DOT com.
By courier/post to: EMDI, IES Management College, 4th Floor, Opposite Lilavati Hospital, Bandra Reclamation, Mumbai 4000 50. Ph: 26550808/26427171
Please keep copies of whatever you send. Entries will not be returned.
The last date for sending in the entries is 28th Sept.

Reminders from past issues

- The international music magazine we mentioned in Edition 11 is still open to pitches from writers
- Siyahi is still acepting submissions (Edition 11)
- The Times / Chicken House Children's Fiction deadline is 17th November (Edition 11)
- NaNoWriMo (Edition 11) sign-ups start 1st October and stay open until the end of the month
- If you have a book coming out up to 30th June next year, remember The Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize (Edition 10)
- Osians may still be looking for authors to represent (Edition 10).
- Pinstorm is still open to writer CVs (Edition 10)
- The TFA Creative Writing Awards (Edition 9) deadline is 20th October 2007.
- IFC-FT Essay Competition 2007 (Edition 8) deadline is close! 30th September 2007.
- Every Tuesday (Edition 8) is still open to story ideas.
- The Scian SciFi Short Story contest (Edition 6) deadline is around the corner! 30th September 2007.

Joy and jello,

Annie Zaidi, Manisha Lakhe, Peter Griffin

for Caferati

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Caferati Listings 11

Crossposted from Caferati Listings

A slightly longer gap this time. Apologies. We've been a bit tied up with work, deadlines and, not least, getting Caferati's First Annual Celebrating Shakti Bhatt Workshop going. (And if you're in Delhi on the 30th September, do join us. Details at the link.)

Can you write about music?

This came in via email:

An international music magazine is looking for writers, contributors and photographers for its India/South Asia edition. Besides definitive, edgy, incisive writing on music and musicians, which forms the core, the magazine will also cover national affairs (features, profiles), technology, trends, fashion, books and movies. This is a heads-up for prospective writers/contributors in all metros and the Northeast. There will be a web edition as well, and this message is also a heads-up for that crew. If you're interested, please email sudeep dot chakravarti at gmail dot com with your interest and specs. Peace.

Submitted by Sudeep Chakravarti.

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The Times / Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition

An excerpt from the web page:

Have you a manuscript hidden at the back of the wardrobe? Have you been scribbling in a shed at the bottom of the garden? Have you been making up brilliant bedtime stories? Now's your chance to see your name on the cover of a book!
The Times and Chicken House are launching a competition to find a great undiscovered children's writer. Our judges will choose one winner, whose novel will be published by Chicken House.

Your submissions must be full-length manuscript in English, of no more than 80,000 words accompanied by a brief synopsis, plot-plan and a letter of submission explaining the book's appeal to children . No picture books and graphic novels.
Note the eligibility criteria:

You must not have published a book in any form, in any country, whether fiction or non-fiction. In this case a "book" refers to a printed work of which you are the author. If your work has only appeared in newspapers, magazines, story or essay collections, or in electronic format (ie online) then you are eligible to enter.
The Prize
An offer of a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House, which shall be subject to negotiation and completion between Chicken House and the winner.
Entries must be by post (email submissions will be rejected) to The Times, 1 Pennington Street, London E98 1TT marked Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition.
Deadline: Saturday 17th November 2007
Complete Terms and conditions and Submission Guidelines here. Make sure to read them.
More about the contest here .

Hat-tip, Christina Daniels.

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Siyahi wants authors, poets, researchers, translators

A note from Siyahi:

Siyahi, a Literary Consultancy, is working for promoting and managing creativity and taking the Indian word, to the world. We are forum for authors, poets, researchers, translators and publishers to evolve and expand the scope for Indian literature. We bring to publishers, the talent they are looking for. We are working with all genres and with all languages, with publishers in India and abroad. For submissions please contact mitakapur at siyahi dot in.

Submitted by Mita Kapur, who is, among other things, a long-time Caferati member, co-coordinator of our Jaipur chapter , and good friend. Good luck with this, Mita.

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Translators wanted for an anthology of Dalit poetry.

Dr. K. Purushotham, Associate Professor of English, Kakatiya University, is bringing out an anthology of Dalit poetry.

I am planning to bring out an anthology of Dalit Poetry in English translation from different languages of India. This task cannot be accomplished without the cooperation of the translators from other languages. Therefore, I have planned to bring out the proposed anthology by associating an editor for each of the languages. Those interested in translating and/or editing the Dalit poems from their languages to English are requested to associate with this project.
He is looking for people to translate from all the major Indian languages—except Telugu—into English. If you're interested, please write to Dr P at purushotham_ku at hotmail dot com.

Information from this post on blogbharti.

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Come November, it's NaNoWriMo

Hm. We don't know whether this quite fits into Caferati Listings, seeing as y'all are seriously talented, writers who sweat over their craft, and the NaNoWriMo web page says, "Let's write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together." But what the heck, if it gets you to take the finger out and start writing, it's a good thing.
NaNoWriMo (short for National Novel Writing Month) gets people to register, and then spend the month of November hammering out a 50,000 word novel. From 21 participants in 1999, NaNoWrMo has grown hugely popular; there were 79,000 participants last year, and nearly 13,000 of them actually finished their 50,000 words. To quote the site: "They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists."
Please note that there is no prize or publishing contract offered. All who finish the 50k will be "added to our hallowed Winner's Page, and receive a handsome winner's certificate and web icon." And while it must be noted that their FAQ page lists 14 published novels that started out at NaNoWriMo, it is also pertinent that that number is out of some 35,000 winners over the years.
Sign-ups begin 1st October, 2007, and the writing begins November 1.
What it's all about here.
How it works here.
Frequently Asked Questions.

Hat-tip: Vineeta Malkani.

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Reminders from past issues

- If you have a book coming out up to 30th June next year, remember The Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize ( Edition 10)
- Osians may still be looking for authors to represent (Edition 10 ).
- Pinstorm is still open to writer CVs (Edition 10)
- The TFA Creative Writing Awards (Edition 9) deadline is 20th October 2007.
- IFC-FT Essay Competition 2007 (Edition 8 ) deadline is 30th September 2007.
- Every Tuesday (Edition 8 ) is still open to story ideas.
- The Scian SciFi Short Story contest (Edition 6 ) deadline is 30th September 2007.

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Feedback welcome at caferati at gmail dot com. This newsletter depends hevily on your suggestions and submissions. Please do keep them coming in. Details are at /Caferati-Listings/web/FAQs

We'd especially like to know if you have applied for or entered any of the stuff that has appeared in Caferati Listings. And of course, if you have got a job, got published, won something or generally improved your life in some way, puhleeze tell us. Such knowledge helps us get through the long, lonely winter nights.

Luck, love, and lozenges to you,

Annie Zaidi, Manisha Lakhe, Peter Griffin

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Caferati Announcements

Crossposted from Caferati Listings

Edition 9

1. A new book prize

2. A new literary agency

3. An internet marketing solutions company wants copywriters

4. A news portal wants an Associate Editor in Bombay

5. Reminders

1. The Shakti Bhatt First Book prize

The Shakti Bhatt Foundation and the British Council invite entries in the following genres for the inaugural prize: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction (travel writing, autobiography and narrative journalism) and drama.

The Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize is a cash award of one lakh rupees. A 3-member panel of judges will shortlist 6 books published between 1 June 2007 and 30 June 2008. Only books published in India are eligible. Publications must be in English or translated into English from an Indian language.

The Shakti Bhatt Foundation is a non-profit trust.

or more information please contact:

From Rwituja Mookherjee of the British Council

2. Osian's launches a literary agency

Osian's Literary Agency is always looking for high quality works of fiction and general non-fiction (biography/memoir, narrative travel writing, current affairs and contemporary issues), and represents authors for the sale of rights to their work in India and all major overseas markets, including the UK, US and Europe. The focus is on writers based in, originating from or writing about, the Indian subcontinent; India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

For more information on the agency, how to submit your work etc, email, or log onto our website

From Kavita Bhanot of Osian's Literary Agency

3. Pinstorm wants copywriters

From Pinstorm's Creative Director

Richard Clayderman, John Lord, Louis Banks, Ray Manzarek - Now if only their Keyboards generated Prose…

Adept in grammar, ability to develop interest in a wide range of products/services and communicate effusively about them, plenty of surfing experience, the yen to prove your marketplace effectiveness as a Copywriter by following the Response statistics, interest in drafting text messages within a tight format, the versatility to write landing-page copy which is persuasive without being formulaic, enthusiasm for creating tiny Flash-sequences that are catchy and promote a brand - perhaps all of this with a couple of years' experience as well.

We must either think this is our lucky day or that this place is El Dorado!! One thing's for sure - Pinstorm Technologies is the fastest growing Internet marketing solutions Co. in Asia (as accoladed by Red Herring Magazine in its Top Picks). ESOP for us is not something to do with fables only - exercise your option here to translate your words into wallet-fillers!

Spell-check your mail before sending it to

Contact: Brian D'souza, Human Resources, , 26480520 / 2648853More about Pinstorm at

4. A news portal want an Associate Editor

Associate Editor based in Bombay office of a global news portal focused on environment and engineering. The candidate should have minimum three years experience reporting, editing under deadline, preferably in daily newspapers. Knowledge of science and engineering is preferred. Should have sound editing skills and ability to fact-check, report and develop copy based on raw information. Interested candidates may email resume and clips to

The interview will be conducted Sept. 7, 8 and 9 in Mumbai. Information courtesy Anita Vasudeva.

5. Reminders

1. The TFA Creative Writing Awards ( Caferati Listings Edition 9) deadline is 20 October 2007.

2. Submissions to Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul series ( Edition 9) close on 15th September.

3. IFC-FT Essay Competition 2007 ( Edition 8) deadline is September 30th.

4. Every Tuesday ( Edition 8) is still open to story ideas.

5. The Scian SciFi short story contest ( Edition 6) deadline is September 30th.

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Annie Zaidi, Manisha Lakhe, Peter Griffin

Edition 8

1. Creative writing awards - call for entries

2. "Chicken Soup" stories wanted

3. A few reminders from past Listings editions

1. Toto Funds the Arts Creative Writing Awards 2008 - Call for Entries

Toto Funds the Arts (TFA) invites entries for its third annual awards for young Indian writers in English. Two cash awards of Rs. 25,000 each will be given in January 2008.

BUT: If you are less than 18 and older than 30 on 1 January 2008, or live outside India, read no further!

ALSO: The spirit of the Toto Awards is to identify promise and encourage young talent. Therefore, do not submit an entry if you are already an established writer.

TFA is looking for entries in a variety of genres -- the novel, short stories, play scripts and poetry. The submissions should ideally be not more than 10,000 words. Pieces of short fiction; an extract from a novel or play script; or between five and ten poems are recommended norms. Sensible combinations of the above are acceptable within the word limit.

Deadline: 20 October 2007.

Entries should be sent in soft e-mail copy to as well as in hard copy form to:

Toto Funds the Arts (TFA)

H 301 Adarsh Gardens

8th Block, 47th Cross


Bangalore 560 082

Phone: 080-26548139

The fine print

Entries must be accompanied by a signed statement confirming the applicant's date of birth, whether the applicant's work has been published in print (give details), and also affirming that the submitted work is original.

Submitted material will not be returned.

The decision of the TFA jury is final and cannot be contested in any forum.

Toto Funds the Arts (TFA) is a not-for-profit public trust set up in memory of Angirus 'Toto' Vellani, who was intensely passionate about music, literature and films.

Information courtesy Arundhati Ghosh

2. "Chicken Soup" stories wanted

You've heard of, if not read, the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Well, there's now going to be a series for the Indian Soul. The following (edited) from an email:

Chicken Soup is essentially a compilation series of hundreds of heart-felt stories of real-life experiences about love, courage, awareness and awe that has touched the minds and souls of millions of readers.

I am currently compiling individual experiences for the 'Chicken Soup for the Indian soul' series for Westland publishing house. The book will carry the brand name of Chicken soup and the publishing house believes it will surely be a success.

I welcome experiences.

Here is the format:

It could be on any person / event / incident which made an impact on you. This impact could be a change in the way you thought or lived, or improved performance, or in making you a better person, more more courageous, persistent, optimistic or positive, or it may have broadened your horizons. If you think it is worth speaking about, I am willing to listen.

The instances could be specific or general.

Some broad topics:

Love - It could be love between you and your spouse, parents, children, friends, strangers you met and connected with. Or an episode of love you have witnessed.

Understanding love

Learning to love yourself


Overcoming obstacles - stories on how you persisted with something
Someone who made you believe in yourself - how, what specific things did s/he say or not say.

Giving without expectations


These are just starters. The subject could be anything; as long as the story puts a smile in the readers heart.

Note: The story should be in first person, with the contributor's name at the end.

Contributions can be between 500 and 1500 words.

Deadline: 15th September

Submit to: with a cc to

Submitted by Raksha Bharadia, author of Me - A handbook for Life (Rupa & Co) and Roots and Wings - A handbook for parents (Rupa & Co).

3. Reminders

1. IFC-FT Essay Competition 2007 deadline September 30th.

2. Every Tuesday is still open to story ideas.

3. The Scian SciFi short story contest deadline is September 30th.

Annie Zaidi, Manisha Lakhe, Peter Griffin

1. IFC-FT Essay Competition 2007

The International Finance Corporation and the Financial Times invite entries to their annual essay contest about the role of the private sector in international development. The top prize is a US$20,000 cash award, and winning essays will be published on the IFC and FT web sites.

Entries will be accepted until September 30, 2007.

Application details; prize essays from previous year:

Information courtesy Mayank Rungta.


2. Junior and mid-level correspondents

Reproduced from an email:

I am looking to recruit junior and mid-level correspondents (on a full time basis) at Magna's Bangalore bureau. The profile of work will involve writing stories for mainly Society, Savvy, Society Interiors and Savvy cook book and for Magna 5 other magazines - Stardust, Showtime, Health N Nutrition, Savvy fashion and glamour and Society World of Luxury, as and when the need arises. You can get a lowdown on all the magazines and their contents at

If you know of anyone looking for a change, please have them write me at

My contact details are below.

Anupama Bijur

Bureau Chief,

Magna Publishing Co Ltd,

1107, Barton Centre, MG Road,

Bangalore 560001

Ph; +91 80 25599646 /7/8, 25594604

Mob: + 91 98441 24290

Info forwarded by Manoj Vijayan of Marketing Edge Designs<>


And this one's from Menka Shivdasani:

3. Looking for writers for a new arts and culture weekly

If writing about arts and culture is your forte, here's an interesting opportunity. Ace Publications is launching a weekly called Every Tuesday in mid-August, focusing on art, cinema, theatre, dance, literature and everything related to Indian culture. Mr Shashi Vyas, director of Pancham Nishad Creatives Pvt Ltd, one of the largest organizers of classical music concerts in the country, is the publisher, and the entire content has been outsourced to my company, The Source <>.If you are interested in doing in-depth interviews and features, write to Menka Shivdasani at everytuesday with your ideas.

Annie Zaidi, Manisha Lakhe, Peter Griffin