Two Things

Upcoming writers, photographers and musicians, the annual Toto Funds the Arts awards are here again and anyone below the age of 30 can apply in these categories. Here are the details on the writing awards. If you want details on the other awards, write to me and I’ll forward them you can just click here.

TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) invites entries for its fourth annual TOTO awards for Indian creative writers in English. Two cash awards of Rs. 25,000 each will be given in January, 2009. Entries are only invited from young people — over the age of 18, and who have not celebrated their 30th birthday before 1 January 2009. The spirit of the Toto Awards is to identify promise and encourage young talent. Therefore, do not submit an entry if you are already an established writer.TFA is looking for entries in three genres –– short plays, short stories and poetry.

The submissions should not exceed 7,500 words. You can submit any combination of your writing in the above genres, as long as the entire submission is within the stipulated word limit. Entries should reach TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) by 4 October 2008 at the latest. There will be no extension of the submission date. Address:TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA), H 301 Adarsh Gardens, 8th Block, 47th Cross, Jayanagar, Bangalore 560 082, Phone: 080-26990549

Entries should be sent in soft e-mail copy to as well in hard copy form to the above address. Please address queries to the same e-mail ID.


Entries must be accompanied by a signed statement confirming the applicant’s date of birth, whether the applicant’s work has been published in print (give details), and also affirming that the submitted work is original. Please ensure that the hard copy does not carry your name on it. Submitted entries will be given code numbers to protect applicants’ identities from the jury during the judging process. Submitted material will not be returned. The decision of the TFA jury is final and cannot be contested in any forum.

Also, Caferati and LiveJournal are inviting entries for Quicktales, their flash fiction contest. Details here.

UPDATE: Toto Funds the Arts has just started their own blog. If you’re in Bangalore, it’s a great way of staying updated on readings, events etc. See here.


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4 responses to “Two Things

  1. Hello Ma’am
    Have been following this blog since a few weeks now.
    This is Dushyant Bhatia – a 23 year old internet entrepreneur from Mumbai. Just quit my job to try my luck with a couple of small ventures before my post graduation. I launched this website called on 29th Aug. Wanted to know your thoughts on the same and would like to know some strategies to publicize this site. Should I hire a PR firm or do it myself given the budget constraints I have due to my employment status

  2. Thanks a lot! I would have never come to know about the organization. Thanks once again.

  3. This is age-ist. We old people need money too.


  4. Dushyant: Spread the word yourself would be my guess.

    Anand: You’re welcome.

    JAP: Heh. Should we petition? 🙂

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