Open Call for Breaking the Bracket: A Writing Program

Breaking the Bracket: A Writing Program invites young and emerging writers from Nepal to be a part of a year-long writing program focused on building a community of writers who are interested in creating feminist writing that will inspire the next generation of feminists. The program is open to writers writing in English and/or Nepali. Through reading and writing seminars, immersive artistic experiences, and residencies, writers will be able to come together to read, discuss and work on their craft. In addition, we hope that the program will lead to the creation of a long-lasting circle of new voices in Nepali literature.

Around 8 to 10 young emerging writers will be a part of this program. Throughout the program, writers will work to create a substantial piece of writing (of at least 4,000 words). Towards the end of the program, their writing will be pushed for publication as part of an anthology.

There is no application or participation fee to be a part of this program. While the program will cover the transportation, accommodation and basic meals during the writing residencies, participants will have to arrange for their own transportation and meals during the other components of the program. Participants living outside of Kathmandu Valley can apply for a travel grant to be a part of the program. If you are based outside Kathmandu Valley and require financial assistance to attend the program, please write to us at breakingthebracket@gmail.com with the email subject line as ‘Travel Assistance Requirement’. Upon publication of their work, participants will also receive a basic remuneration.

Application Deadline: April 5, 2018 (by midnight; Nepali Standard Time)

Breaking the Bracket is supported by a grant from Women’s Fund Asia.

Program Structure:

  • Phase One: Creative Encounters and Residency (April to June)
    1. Creative Encounters (mid-April to end-May): Selected writers will participate in a month-long bi-weekly reading and thinking seminar where writers will be reading and discussing a variety of literature from and beyond Nepal. Each writer will also introduce works of literature to their peers and facilitate discussion around it. During this time, writers will also get the opportunity to meet and interact with a group of inspirational artists and activists from Nepal who will share their remarkable stories and life lessons.
    2. Writing Residency I (June & July): Writers will attend a five-day residency, (first week of June, TBC) that will allow them to work on their ideas, create at least a skeleton of their writing and/or work on their writing itself. Including the days of the residency, writers will be given a month to finish their first drafts. Writers will have to submit their first drafts by end of July.
    3. Writing Seminars (August & September): The writing seminar will focus on providing peer feedback and revising first drafts. There will be four one-day writing seminars spread out in August that all writers must attend. Writers will be given three weeks to revise their first drafts. Second draft submission will be in September.
  • Mentorship and Residency (October & November)
    1. Mentorship (October): Writers will be paired with mentors who will provide input on their content and help them polish their second drafts.
    2. Writing Residency II (November): The second residency will take place after the mentorship period. Writers will work on their third draft during the residency and work towards completing it in the next two weeks.
  • Phase Three: Editing (December)A few weeks after the second residency, writers will submit their third drafts to the editor. The editor will work with the writer to finalize the pieces.
  • Phase Four: Publishing (December)
    Content produced as a result of the program will be considered for publication in a medium that best suits the content produced. Writers will receive remuneration if their work is chosen for publication. Published writers must be available for marketing and promotion events for the publication.

Eligibility:

  • Writers must be between the ages of 18 to 30 and must not have published a full-length book of their own.
  • Writers must be of Nepali origin and must have lived in Nepal during their adolescence.
  • Writers must be residing in Nepal for the year of 2018 and must be willing to participate in all activities of the program.
  • Preference will be given to women, trans* and intersex writers.
  • Writers must complete all components of the application process and submit it by 5 April, 2018.

Application Process requirements:

  • Completed application form. Link: https://goo.gl/VtCJrt
  • CV (no longer than two pages; either as a Word Document or PDF)
  • Writing Samples ( 2-3 samples of writing from any genre, each between 800 to 3000 words. Please send in your writing samples in Word Document or PDF format.)

You can either upload your CV and writing samples to the application form itself or email it to breakingthebracket@gmail.com by 5 April, 2018 (by midnight; Nepali Standard Time) with ‘Breaking the Bracket application’ as the subject line of the email. Please ensure that all materials are submitted via one single email. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you have any questions, please email breakingthebracket@gmail.com.

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