Here's some good news (from GBO, New Delhi) for aspiring children's writers and illustrators:
"The Vani Foundation will award Fellowships each of Rs. 20,000 to two writers and two illustrators of children’s books at Jumpstart 2014. The winners also get to attend a Jumpstart 2014 Masterclass.
Gulzar Sahib - poet, filmmaker and Academy award winning lyricist
Paro Anand - renowned children’s author
Submissions are invited from writers in Hindi, English and other Indian languages.
One of the two awards for writers will be allocated to a Hindi language writer.
Please submit previously unpublished work
Please label your work under one of the following themes:
Fantasy, ghost and monster stories
Graphic novels and Comic books (5 – 6 layouts)
Please categorize your content based on the age group
4 years – 8 years
9 years – 12 years (Tweens)
13 years – 16 years (Young Adults)
Short stories submitted will have to be the complete unpublished work.
The word limit for longer works of fiction/ non-fiction is 2000 words. Please include a synopsis.
Please email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please submit five previously published or unpublished illustrations.
Please email your submissions to email@example.com.
The deadline for submissions is 06:00 am, Monday, Aug 18, 2014."
For further information, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.