Sangam House Residency (International) and Fellowships for South Asian Writers

Deadline: 30 June 2011

Residents are selected through an application process. Interested writers are asked to submit the following:

* One page statement describing the work to be undertaken while at Sangam House
* One non-returnable copy of a previously published book

If you have not yet published a book, please submit a 25 page work sample. The book or work sample can be submitted in the writer’s native language, English, or both

* Two letters of nomination

These should be provided by a publishing or writing professional. Writing and publishing professionals are defined as: publishers, published writers, published translators, professors, editors, and literary agents. The letters should evaluate the work you propose to do at Sangam House or make reference to your previous work. Please have letters emailed or posted to the appropriate address below, independent and separate from your other application materials

All applications should include a cover letter with desired length of stay and contact information so that selected writers can be notified in a timely fashion.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2011

All materials must be post-marked by this date

All application from South Asia should be sent to: / OR Arshia Sattar, 3, Sharan Apartments, #1 High Street, Cooke Town, Bangalore 560005 INDIA

All other application should be sent to: / OR DW Gibson, 504 Grand Street, #H63, New York, NY 10002 USA

Fellowships for South-Asian Writers

In addition to general applications, Sangam House offers specific fellowships.

Please note that fellowships cover only board and lodge at Sangam House. Writers are required to cover travel costs to and from Sangam House.

The Asif Currimbhoy Fellowship for 2-4 weeks is open to Indian playwrights working in any Indian language, including English.

Asif Currimbhoy (1928-1994) was one of the first Indian playwrights to write plays in English. Dumb Dancer, Goa, The Hungry Ones and Inquilab, were mainly about the dispossessed. He stretched his material beyond the confines of the particular to produce an imaginative re-creation of the individual in conflict with the social and political system. Although he wrote in India, his career as a playwright blossomed in the U.S. Goa was staged at the prestigious Martinique Theater on Broadway in New York City, The Hungry Ones at the Theater Company in Boston and at La Mama in New York’s Greenwich Village which also staged The Dumb Dancer. His plays were banned in India for almost a decade. Finally in 1970, Goa was chosen to open the India National Center for Performing Arts in Delhi. His work has been translated into Bengali, Marathi, Hindi & Malyalam.

The Nevatia Fellowship for Humanist Writing for 2-4 weeks will support an Indian writer working in any Indian language,including English, in non-fiction, fiction and translation, whose work focuses on secularism, human rights, violence (from domestic abuse to international conflicts), or equality and discrimination based on caste, gender or religion.

The Prakriti Foundation Fellowship for 2-4 weeks is open to a Tamil writer working in any discipline

The Lavanya Sankaran Fellowship for 2 – 4 weeks is open to Indian writers working in English with a preference for those writing fiction

More information here.