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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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

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