IAAC Literary Festival 2022 Calling for Submissions

The Indo-American Arts Council is will bring another year of outstanding writers, poets, translators, and editors at our international literary festival, scheduled for November 2022. Live in-person events, featuring celebrated and emerging voices from India and the Indian diaspora will be held in New York City over the weekend of November 12, 2022. These energetic, interactive discussions will be complemented by a series of recorded programs that will be exclusively launched on our online platform from November 7-11, 2022.

IAAC strongly believes in sustaining community to help create a world where literature can thrive. They have worked extensively to form relationships, build bridges, and establish ties with several prominent organizations such as Poets & Writers, Kundiman, and the Asian American Writers Workshop.

In the past, the IAAC Literary Festival has had the honor of hosting prominent authors such as Salman Rushdie, Suketu Mehta, Dr. Amartya Sen, Indra Nooyi, Deepak Chopra, Anupam Kher, Rakesh Kaul, Dr. Ravi Shankar, Newbery Honor recipient Veera Hiranandani, Booker Nominee Avni Doshi, Dr. Guruprasad Kaginele, Dr. Sudha Murthy, Narayan Hegde, Megha Majumdar, Kal Penn, Anupam Kher, Ambassador Haksar and Member of Parliament Dr. Shashi Tharoor. We have organized book launches for eminent authors such as Ramchandra Guha, and Madhur Jaffrey, and in 2021 launched Acrobat by Nandana Sen, Vishakha Desai, and the official biography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Interest in the IAAC Lit Fest has continued to garner international attention with its spotlight on topics such as Women’s Empowerment, Health & Wellness, Diversity, and Equity.

This year the focus is on India@75. We also intend to showcase great regional authors who have English translations. Our criterion is excellence, whether you are a children’s book author or a poet…

Here is information on some of past festivals:


Formal submission Rules and Prerequisites:

  • The author must not have had a reading in NYC over the past 6 months and/or before the IAAC Literary Festival 2022.
  • The authors and poets will receive an honorarium.
  • Only books published or in preview between 2021 and 2023 will be considered.
  • No self-published works will be considered.
  • We do not provide US visas for the participants.
  • Authors of fiction, nonfiction and poetry from India, the Indian subcontinent and the diaspora are welcome. We also invite works that relate to India and Indian cultures by authors of any background.
  • Please use the link to submit your formal submissions.
  • Submissions are open now until September 15, 2022.
  • Two copies of the book are to be sent to the following address for consideration: Indo-American Arts Council Inc., 303 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1007, New York, NY 10016. Alternately, the kindle version can be sent to admin@iaac.us.

The Indo-American Arts Council is a not-for-profit arts organization passionately dedicated to promoting, showcasing, and building an awareness of the arts and artists whose heritage lies in the Indian subcontinent in the performing arts, visual arts, literary arts, and folk arts. IAAC supports all the artistic disciplines in classical, fusion, folk, and innovative forms influenced by the arts of India. They work cooperatively with colleagues around the United States to broaden collective audiences and create a network for shared information, resources and funding. The IAAC’s focus is to help artists and art organizations in North America as well as to facilitate artists from India to exhibit, perform and produce their work in the United States. For more details, visit Iaac.us.