Project Bibliophilia is an attempt to aid burgeoning young writers to realize their dream, consisting of a creative writing course, workshop and mentorship program conducted by Vishwesh Desai. The first creative writing course targeted young children at The Riverside School who had a passion for writing, to elevate their skill to the next level. From June 2017 to December 2018, Vishwesh conducted biweekly sessions about the basics of a story – planning plotlines, crafting characters, and shaping settings; and about writing – waxing lyrical, using nuanced narration, and writing realistic dialogue, for the fifteen participants. The same course was later condensed into a paid two-weekend workshop at 079 Stories, open to all children in the city in July and August 2018. The proceeds of the workshop were used to fund a book collection drive that set up libraries for underprivileged children at Make a Difference Trust and Sauhard Foundation. The culmination of Project Bibliophilia was for each student to write a short story, which was edited and compiled into the anthology Unrestrained Minors. The book was launched on 16th June 2019, and is now available on Amazon and major bookstores across India. Project Bibliophilia is now heading towards its second edition, consisting of the same workshop at 079 Stories and a Gujarat-wide writing competition in partnership with Karma Foundation.
BIBLIOPHILIA WRITING COMPETITION 2019
BIBLIOPHILIA WRITING COMPETITION faqS
1. What language are stories accepted in for Bibliophilia Writing Competition? Only English stories are accepted. 2.What age groups can participate in Bibliophilia Writing Competition? 12-18 year olds can submit their stories for the competition. 3. How do I submit my story? Please email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. 4. What are the guidelines for submission? Please submit it in the form of a Word document with the Times New Roman font, size 12, and a one-inch margin on all sides. The word limit for the short stories is 3000 words. 5.I have sent my short story for another competition. Can I also submit it to Bibliophilia Writing Competition? Any original short story can be submitted to the competition. However, it must be unpublished and you must hold the copyright to it. 6. Can I submit my short story that was published in my school magazine? Unfortunately, as mentioned above, only unpublished short stories can be submitted. 7. How can I get my short story published? If your story is amongst the winning entries, it will be selected for publication in the second volume of the anthology Unrestrained Minors. 8.How will the winning stories be selected? A jury consisting of eminent writers and educators will select the winning entries. 9. Who will publish the winning short stories? The second volume of Unrestrained Minors will be published by Karma Foundation in association with Navbharat Sahitya Mandir. 10. Is there an entry fee for the Bibliophilia Writing Competition? No, there is no entry fee.