Writers of India Festival competition

Happy to share some wonderful news. I will be going to Paris to attend the Writers of India festival this September, along with four other unpublished writers from India. Some of you may know that my friend Masako, who passed away 3 1/2 hers ago and to whom my first book will be dedicated, lived and died in Paris, so it's particularly special to me that that's the first place these pomes are taking me. I promise to tell you more on the other side of this trip! Here's the official announcement from the Caravan's Facebook page

The Caravan and Writers of India festival team thanks all its readers, participants and cheerleaders for a thrilling response to the competition for emerging Indian writers held last month. We received over seven hundred entries over a period of little over two weeks from some of India's best, hitherto unpublished novelists and poets.

The sheer volume and quality of entries made evaluating the entries a challenge as well as a pleasure. Following several rounds of close reading by editorial staff at the Caravan and organisers of the Writers of India festival, Paris, we are happy to announce the results of a very close-run competition. The five finalists are:

Dharini Bhaskar Akhil Katyal Nandini Krishnan Amrita Mahale Aditi Rao

The finalists will attend the Writers of India festival in Paris, taking place between 18–21 September 2014. These writers will be matched up with five students of Columbia University’s MFA in creative writing program, to allow for exchanges between their worlds and their work, and hopefully to form personal and professional bonds which will nourish their writing, both now and in future.

(for those asking, just to clarify that by "unpublished," the competition meant those who haven't yet published their first volume of poetry or fiction -- in the age of the internet, "unpublished anywhere at all at any time" becomes a complicated definition!)