Call for Submissions

Our Call for Submissions for 2014 is now closed. Please contact our director, Mary Anne Mohanraj at if you have questions. Our call for academic papers will remain open until July 15.

Kriti Festival of Arts and Literature Call for Submissions
September 25 – 28, 2014
University of Illinois at Chicago

DesiLit is pleased to welcome submissions to its upcoming festival of arts and literature, to be held in Chicago, Sepember 25 – 28, 2014.

Submissions are welcome in the following areas:

  • literature (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama)
  • film
  • music
  • dance
  • visual arts

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. 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 match you with local volunteer hosts if desired.

To have your work considered please send an electronic sample to 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)
  • image sample (up to 5 images)

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, or submit via Google Drive or Dropbox. If you wish to submit in multiple genres, please submit each sample separately.

For a sample of our 2005, 2007, and 2009 panelists, please visit If you have any questions, please contact

DEADLINE: June 30, 2014

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to write to me. Thanks! – Mary Anne Mohanraj

NOTE: Kriti is co-sponsored by the English Department, the Asian Studies Program, and the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and will be held on campus, at 750 S. Halsted, Chicago.

10 thoughts on “Call for Submissions

  1. Dev

    Dear Mary,

    I would like to know for literature sample, do we have to do only a literature review on the topic that we are presenting or intro? What is the format like?

    Thank you.

    Best regards,

  2. Neha

    Hi Dev,

    Thank you for your interest in the Kriti Festival!

    When submitting literature, please submit a sample of your writing up to 20 pages in length. For example, if you are submitting a novel for consideration, you may choose any section up to 20 pages for us to review.

    Best regards,
    Kriti Festival Submissions Committee

  3. Syed Afzal Haider

    Dear Mary Anne Mohanraj:

    Your guideline for submission does not specify if you would consider previously published or unpublished work only.


    Syed Afzal Haider

  4. Swati

    Is there an academic call for papers/panels? And what if you would like to be considered in two categories (i.e. literature and film. Two separate submissions or two part of the same email?

    1. kriti_admin Post author

      It’s simplest if you do two separate submissions, I think, for different genres. And yes, we’ve just posted the academic call on the site as well.

      – Mary Anne

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  6. Debanjana Bhattacharjee

    Hi Mary,
    Just clarifying , I can send upto 5 painting images for the visual art category? Would jpeg file of the images be fine? If selected do we have to send the original paintings, how does it work?

    1. kriti_admin Post author

      Hi, Debanjana. JPGs would be fine, but if you’re not in Chicago, I’m not sure I’d recommend shipping art back and forth; it seems quite risky to me, and we can’t guarantee its safety in transit. There’ll also be some supervision of the art space, but it’s an open gallery in the library, with a lot of student traffic through the corridor. If you have reproductions, I’d recommend displaying those, rather than original paintings. And you’d still be responsible for shipping costs both ways.

      1. Debanjana Bhattacharjee

        Thank you for your reply.
        I am currently located in Texas .
        Will get back to you soon.
        Thanks once again.

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