Thursday, July 14, 2016

Toto Awards for English Creative Writing 2017: Call for Entries



Toto Funds the Arts (TFA) invites applications for its twelfth annual TOTO Awards for Creative Writing in English from persons between the ages of 18 and 29 in three genres: short plays, short stories and poetry. Two winners, to be decided by an eminent panel, will get a cash award of Rs 30,000 each. Entries should reach TFA by 15 September 2016 at the latest.  


The deadline has been extended to 7 October, 2016.

These awards are meant only for Indian nationals resident in India. (Overseas Citizen of India card-holders are not eligible.) And since the spirit of the awards is to identify promising young writers, you are eligible to apply if you were born on or after 1 January 1987. No exceptions will be made.

Each entry should be not more than 7,500 words.

If you are submitting poems, please send us between 6 and 10 poems.

If you are submitting short stories, their combined word length should be at least 2,500 words. You can, if you wish, send only a single story of 2,500 to 7,500 words.

Similarly for plays -- their combined word length should not exceed 7,500 words

You can send entries in all three categories — poems, short stories and plays — but you must send in a separate entry for each category. For example, your poems can constitute one entry, your short stories the second entry, and plays a third. 

Please state the category for which you are applying on the envelope, e.g., Writing-English (poetry) or Writing-English (short fiction), and/or Writing-English (short plays). 

Entries should be sent in soft email copy to as well as in hard copy form by courier or ordinary post only (and NOT by speed post or registered post) to the address below:  

Toto Funds the Arts (TFA)
H 301 Adarsh Gardens
47th Cross, 8th Block
Bangalore 560 082
Phone 080 26990549 / 09880623357

The phone numbers supplied are for courier purposes only. DO NOT CALL. You can clear your doubts by emailing us at

Each entry must be accompanied by a statement, signed by you, confirming your name, date of birth, whether your work has been published in print (give details), and affirming that the submitted work is original and written by you. Your statement must also contain your postal address, email ID, phone numbers (landline and mobile) and a short bio

Also ensure that your submission does not carry your name on it. Your entries will be given code numbers to protect your identity from the jury. 

For any entry to be considered, both the soft copy (MS word document only) and hard copy of your submission should reach us before the deadline. 

If you have any further questions please email  No queries will be answered on phone. 

Note: Submitted material will not be returned. The decision of the TFA jury will be final and cannot be contested in any forum. We reserve the right to use your submitted writings (if necessary) to publicise the awards either on our blog or in any in-house materials such as a newsletter. Otherwise, the copyright rests with the writer and your submission will be put to no other use without your express permission. 

Toto Funds the Arts is a not-for-profit public trust set up in memory of Angirus ‘Toto’ Vellani, who was intensely passionate about music, literature and films.

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