Tuesday, May 29, 2012

CfAs: Sangam House - international writers' residency program in India

Sangam House is an international writers' residency program located in India which brings together writers from across the world to live and work among their peers in a safe, supportive and nurturing space.

The Idea
The word sangam in Sanskrit literally means "going together." In most Indian languages, sangam has come to mean such confluences as the "flowing together of rivers" and "coincidence." The intention of Sangam House is to bring together writers from around the world to live and work in a safe, peaceful setting, a space made necessary on many levels by the world we now live in. Our residency programs are designed for writers who have published to some acclaim but not yet enjoyed substantial commercial success. Sangam House seeks to give writers a chance to build a solid and influential network of personal and professional relationships that can deepen their own work, in effect, expanding and diversifying literature. We believe that literature can and must remain a thriving force of illumination for our times.
Assembling writers from various cultural backgrounds broadens the scope of each individual's work. Exposure to regional and national trends in literature, to multiple political and economic obstacles and varied social and cultural milieus enhances each writer's understanding of his/her work, as well as his/her own notions of identity and home. We recognize the dearth of such opportunities in South Asia and strive to encourage the work of those writing in all langauges, regional and dominant. Such a unique environment enriches the work of its participants and the texture of international literature. Our program also facilitates interaction between the visiting writers and the local communities. Cultivating such an intersection infuses the local communities with inspirations and new ideas, while allowing each participating writer to deepen his or her understanding of the diverse emotional and social climates in which literature is conceived and received.

The Application
Applications for 2012-2013 must be received by July 31, 2012.

Dates for the next Sangam House Session are
4th November 2012 to 27th January 2013

All applicants are automatically considered for the appropriate fellowships.
The Lavanya Sankaran Fellowship supports new writing from India.
The Nevatia Fellowship supports non-fiction writing in English, especially in the areas of social and cultural change.
The Prakriti Foundation Fellowships support writing in Tamil and Kannada.
The Bianca Pancoat Patton Fellowship supports the work of young women writers from India.
The Asif Currimbhoy Fellowship supports writing for the stage in all Indian languages including English. Asif Currimbhoy was a leading Indian playwright in the 1960s and 70s. He wrote in English and his plays were performed all over the country as well as at the La Mama theatre in New York City.
A donor who wishes to remain anonymous supports contemporary writing in Hindi.
A residency at Sangam House covers only board and lodge. Writers are required to cover travel costs to and from our location.

How to Apply:
All applications must be submitted electronically. Instructions and forms can be found at http://sangamhouse.submishmash.com/Submit .
All notifications will be provided electronically by September 15, 2012.
If you are unable to submit an application electronically, please write with an explanation of the circumstances to:
In South Asia – Arshia Sattar at arshia.sangam@gmail.com
Outside of South Asia – DW Gibson at dwmgibson@yahoo.com
If selected, all non-Indian applicants will be responsible for obtaining a tourist visa to India 6 weeks in advance of their travel date.

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