Neev Literature Festival announces fellowship for children’s books

The fellowships will support selected book creators with a grant of ₹6 lakh each for a period of one year to research and write their books

Published - April 07, 2023 05:45 pm IST

Neev Literature Festival

Neev Literature Festival | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

The Neev Literature Festival (NLF) in Bengaluru has announced fellowships for children’s book creators (writers and illustrators). The fellowships, NLF believes, will facilitate high-quality children’s books that authentically mirror Indian lives and experiences. 

Proposals are invited from children’s book creators to produce a book in any genre that has the power to connect with young readers universally. The NLF fellowships will support selected book creators with a grant of ₹6 lakh each for a period of one year to research and write their books.

“In a fragmented market that is swamped with international children’s literature and a publishing ecosystem that has traditionally under-invested in children’s literature from India, the NLF Fellowships aim to fill a gap that will hopefully encourage Indian writers to embark on imaginative, ambitious and research-driven literature for Indian audiences that is rooted in Indianness,” says Kavita Gupta Sabharwal, the co-founder of NLF. 

Apart from the financial support, the NLF fellowships will provide mentorship and editorial support. The fellows are expected to author original books. There is no restriction with regards to the genre - it could be a picture book, a graphic novel, a work of fiction, or non-fiction. But NLF expects the works to contribute to the understanding of India. The fellowships are open to Indian citizens and residents who are persons of Indian origin.

The jury for the fellowship currently includes Neev Trust Founder Kavita Gupta Sabharwal, Ameen Haque, the founder of Storywallahs, and the NLF Director Karthika Gopalakrishnan. The foundation is working towards growing the jury as needed, with litterateurs from India.

The qualified fellows will be announced during the next NLF in October. Last day to apply is June 30, 2023. To apply and get more information, visit

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