Kriti Festival Call for Submissions
June 11 - 14, 2009, Chicago
Guests of Honor: Amitava Kumar and Bapsi Sidhwa
DesiLit is pleased to welcome submissions to its upcoming festival of
arts and literature, to be held in Chicago, June 11 - 14. Submissions
are welcome in the following areas:
- literature (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama)
We are not currently planning on a visual arts component (although if
you live in Chicago and would be interested in curating such an
exhibition, please do get in touch with us.)
If your work is selected, you'll be invited to serve on panels and/or
give a reading/screen a film/give a performance/etc. At this time, we
do not know what our final budget will be, but panelists will receive
free festival registration, and if there are funds remaining after
expenses, a share of the proceeds towards reimbursing their travel
expenses. We'll also do our best to help you find crash space in
Chicago with local volunteers if needed.
To have your work considered please send an electronic sample to
email@example.com, with the subject line: KRITI SUB [title of work /
your name], following these guidelines:
- a brief bio, PLUS one of the following
- literature sample (up to 20 pages)
- film sample (up to 20 minutes; if you want to send a longer film,
be aware that we may only view the first 20 minutes)
- music sample (up to 20 minutes)
- dance sample (up to 20 minutes)
For large sound/graphic files, we STRONGLY prefer that you host the
work on your own site and send us a pointer to the URL. If you wish
to submit in multiple genres, please submit each sample separately.
For a sample of our 2005 panelists, please visit our website
(http://www.desilit.org/kriti2005.html#program). If you have any questions,
please send those as well to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE: May 1, 2009 (but sooner is better)
More Festival Info
If you live in Chicago, we can definitely use your help in planning
and running the festival! We need both folks who can come to monthly
planning meetings in the next few months, and people who are available
to help out at the festival weekend itself. No experience needed!
Volunteers will receive complimentary registration -- our planning
meetings are also a lot of fun. :-) We usually meet at my home in
Bucktown (near North Ave. and Damen, convenient both to the Blue line
and 90/94), and figure things out over a yummy meal. And even if you
can't make every meeting, we welcome your input on our planning
If interested in helping us out, please join our planning list here:
And if you're just interested in attending and want to get occasional
festival updates as planning progresses, be sure you're on our general
DesiLit mailing list -- stop by our website and enter your e-mail
address in the box provided: http://www.desilit.org/.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to write to me. Thanks!
- Mary Anne Mohanraj
NOTE: Kriti is co-sponsored by Roosevelt University and the University
of Illinois at Chicago, and will be held at their two campuses, in the
Loop and West Loop, Chicago.