[15 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]
Arjun Basu

The Asian Writer talks to Arjun Basu, author of Waiting for the Man.

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[15 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

Massive Open Online Courses or MOOC’s are university short courses taught by leading academics. Many MOOC’s use a host platform to teach a course, such as edx.org and are delivered across a number of media, including video, textbooks, workshops and social media.
For writers, MOOC’s can inspire, teach and inform. They can give writers an opportunity to explore different subjects, without committing to completing a course. The student is in full control, can learn at their own pace and with no expectation to complete assignments. The commitment levels vary from just four hours …

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[25 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]
First Novel Competition – update

Our announcement for the First Novel Competition result is long overdue. It was no easy task to judge. There were a number of super novels on the list which I loved for different reasons. Many congratulations to our finalists and winner. Here they are:

Shortlist of the First Novel Competition

Barsa Ray A Son to Eclipse All
Rashmi Paun 90 Days
Apala Chowdhury Elephant Road


Apala Chowdhury was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Apala won first prize in a Jonathan Cape short fiction award for young, black British writers. She has also been shortlisted for her short stories in …

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[24 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

The DWL annual short story competition aims to encourage fiction writing and promote new writers. Now in its third year, the competition is open to writers of all ages around the world.
The top three entries will be published in the next issue of Papercuts magazine and will receive copies of A God in Every Stone, the new novel by Kamila Shamsie, and only one of them will be selected for the Dastaan Award* – a cash prize worth PKR 50,000 that DWL is offering in partnership with two benefactors.
Submission Guidelines:
•    The stories may …

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[23 Apr 2014 | 5 Comments | ]
Renita D’Silva

Q. Firstly could you tell me about how came to writing and discovering your voice?
I have always wanted to write. Some people count sheep to fall asleep at night, I craft stories, elaborate tales with characters whom I encounter every night as I settle into bed. But I only ever treated it as a hobby, because, growing up in a small village in India in the eighties, we did not know of many writers who had made a career of their craft. We did, however know plenty of engineers who …

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[23 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
AR Quar

Q. What inspired you to write …And then she opened a can of worms! ?
When I decided that I wanted more than just make my friends laugh at my witty anecdotes or get multiple likes for the funny status updates I posted on Facebook. This is going to sound very clichéd but it is very true – writing is something I always wanted to do and this time, rather than just think of doing it, I decided to put pen to paper (fingers on my laptop keys to be more …

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