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The Indo-American Arts Council has announced its upcoming Literary Festival scheduled for November 2023. The organization will be celebrating and exploring the vibrant and diverse cultures of India through the written word, including works written by Indian and diaspora authors as well as those who have been inspired by the many facets of the country. Submission process is now open for published books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama and children’s literature that illuminate this year’s theme “Courageously Creative.”

“We are looking for works that examine and showcase the beauty, challenges, complexity, diversity and richness of Indian culture and its relationship to society, history, politics, spirit and the human experience. We accept original works in the languages of India with English translations,” states the organization.

Chosen entries will be featured in New York City at an in-person event, featuring renowned and emerging voices. These interactive discussions will be complemented by a series of recorded programs that will be exclusively launched on the online platform.

In the past, the IAAC Literary Festival has hosted many prominent authors. The submission deadline for this year’s festival is June 15, 2023.

Interest in the IAAC Literary Festival has continued to garner international attention with its spotlight on topics such as Women’s Empowerment, Health & Wellness, Diversity, and Equity. IAAC has partnered with several prominent organizations such as Poets & Writers, Kundiman, and the Asian American Writers Workshop.

The only criteria besides a focus on India or work by an Indian or diaspora author is literary excellence.

The Indo-American Arts Council is a not-for-profit arts organization 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. Details available at