Here’s some good news (from GBO, New Delhi) for aspiring children’s writers and illustrators:

“The Vani Foundation will award Fellowships each of Rs. 20,000 to two writers and two illustrators of children’s books at Jumpstart 2014. The winners also get to attend a Jumpstart 2014 Masterclass.

Fellowship Mentors:
Gulzar Sahib – poet, filmmaker and Academy award winning lyricist
Paro Anand – renowned children’s author

Application guidelines:
Submissions are invited from writers in Hindi, English and other Indian languages.
One of the two awards for writers will be allocated to a Hindi language writer.

Please submit previously unpublished work

Please label your work under one of the following themes:
Fantasy, ghost and monster stories
Reality Fiction
Graphic novels and Comic books (5 – 6 layouts)

Please categorize your content based on the age group
4 years – 8 years
9 years – 12 years (Tweens)
13 years – 16 years (Young Adults)

Short stories submitted will have to be the complete unpublished work.

The word limit for longer works of fiction/ non-fiction is 2000 words. Please include a synopsis.

Please email your submissions to


Please submit five previously published or unpublished illustrations.

Please email your submissions to

The deadline for submissions is 06:00 am, Monday, Aug 18, 2014.

For further information, write to