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Oxford Bookstore with its history of being one of the most revered bookstore in India has always had a special relationship with publishers and authors. The almost 100yr old bookstore at the heart of city as well as its other branches in Delhi, Bhubaneshwar, Mumbai regularly showcase authors and publishers of different genres and areas of interest. It also acts as the hub of many aspiring writers who come into the bookstore to ideate, discuss and share their works. Taking this association with new authors forward, Oxford Bookstore on the occasion of the tenth edition of Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival is starting a New Writers Program called Write to Publish. The Program will aim to give a platform to unpublished writers to showcase their work as well as mingle with publishers and pitch to them about their new manuscripts. New and previously unpublished authors register with the program with a nominal fee and send in samples of their writing. The top 20 will be announced and on payment of a participation charge the selected authors get a chance to pitch their ideas to the best minds in the publishing industry, get tips from authors and publishers and expand their network through interactions at the festival networking events. 

The top book idea gets a chance at publishing their manuscript with a well-known publisher


How it works

Step 1: Register with us online and you will receive a mail from us about your participation as well as payment details
Step 2:  On payment of the registration fee of INR 999/- you will receive an acknowledgement mail from us as well as a link to upload a sample write-up of your unpublished work (For novel/long non-fictional work 1 chapter, 5 poems in case of poetry collection / 1 short story in case of short story collection). The writing sample can be in any of the three languages: English/Hindi/ Bengali.
 The payment has to be made within 10 days from the date of registration.
Step 3: The Top 20 will be announced on 1 December 2018 on our website and social media platforms. On payment of INR 9999/- their manuscripts will be sent to the publishers. The Top 20 also get an invitation to attend the festival (18-20 January 2019) and the following

  1. The delegate bag and ‘New Author’ Badge
  2. Free unlimited access to the Author’s Lounge
  3. 1 Cocktail Dinner invite
  4. On being chosen to be published, the author will get a special chance to have their book launch at the nearest Oxford Bookstore

Step 4: During the festival the participants will get a special interactive session with publishers as well as special sessions with certain authors


Registration Charges

Initial handling charges: INR 999
Top 20 registration: INR 9999


Important Dates

Last date for receiving entries: 31 October 2018
Selection of Top 20 by AKLF jury: 1 December 2018
New Writer’s Programme: 18-20 January 2018

For any queries please write to us at

Happy Writing!




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