NLF Fellowships for 

Children’s Book Creators

The Neev Literature Festival (NLF) is offering Fellowships of Rs 6 lakh to selected children’s book creators (writers and illustrators) to produce richly-detailed manuscripts that authentically mirror Indian lives and require a significant investment of time and effort. Read more here. 

The Project

Write a children’s book that brings alive a story that parents, children and librarians fall in love with. A story that captures a slice of India or Indians (anywhere in the world) that is so deeply authentic, moving and immersive that it brings alive an aspect of India—pre- and post-independence—in an engaging book. 

The work will be true to the era that it depicts, bringing alive people and place effectively. 

You’ll Produce

A complete manuscript for a book—text (in case of a chapter book), or text and illustrations (in case of a picture book developed either by an author-illustrator, or a collaboration between an author and an illustrator). 

The work will be expected to meet a global benchmark for children’s literature. 

View Terms and Conditions 

You’ll receive
  • A grant of Rs 4 lakh to complete your manuscript in 1 year
  • This will be payable as monthly instalments over 12 months
  • The balance of Rs 2 lakh will be payable once a publishing contract is signed
  • Launch of Fellowships: March 31, 2023
  • Applications close by: June 30, 2023
  • Announcement of Fellows: October, 2023 during the Neev Literature Festival