The CPB Young Writing Fellowship

The CPB Young Writing Fellowship
The Bombay Review

2021 – 2022

Quick snapshot: 5 young writers between 20 and 25 will be selected for the Fellowship. They will work on their writing and assist in TBR projects over weekends (only) for 8 weeks, receiving a stipend of INR 20,000 each. The fellowship is from home at the moment.

5 Fellows

2 Months
(Weekends only)


Participate from home

INR 20,000 each

About the CPB Young Writing Fellowship

In 2014, The Bombay Review launched on a quiet college evening by two friends in Pune, India. 7 years later, we have realised that we are in a position to help the literary landscape of our home country, and the region. We began the year by funding new writing coming from LGBTQ+ and Dalit backgrounds, followed it with an annual creative writing award for fiction and poetry, and are now offering fellowships.

Over the years, TBR has been supported by a wide range of writers and poets from all over the world. From New York Times editors to Booker Prize winners, the 13 year old writer we published to Altaf Tyrewala’s 90 year old grandmother – it has been lovely.

These literary fellowships represent a significant fulfillment of one aspect of our continuing mission: to recognize, publish, and support extraordinary authors in the early stages of their careers.

General Information

This fellowship at The Bombay Review offers qualified young individuals time to develop as writers by receiving a modest stipend, healthy work space for writing, and mentorship from qualified writers. Fellows will receive INR 20,000 over the course of 2 months, and do not have to be physically present in either New York or Mumbai. In light of the pandemic situation, the fellowship has moved completely online.

Points to note:

  • Fellows will undertake a significant writing project.
  • Assist with creative and editorial projects for The Bombay Review’s website and social media.
  • Participate in the readings and events curated by the magazine.
  • The average workload will be 10 hrs / week for 8 weeks.
  • Fellows will participate in reading and writing exercises, workshop and discussions.
  • Reviewing pieces of other Fellows will be a compulsory requirement.


Eligible candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Age between 20 and 25, as of January 2021.
  • A BA/MA/BFA/MFA in creative writing, English literature, or comparative literature ongoing or completed before December 1, 2020 but no earlier than January 1, 2017 is preferred. However, we would love to award those from other fields as well.
  • Must be a citizen of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and Maldives.

All application materials must be submitted by June 30th, 2021 for full consideration.

Application fee

Early Bird – 1st January – 5th February – INR 500
Normal Birdie – 6th February – 30th April – INR 1,000
Bird – 1st May – 30th June – INR 1,250

Current: Early Bird: Pay Here
Group discounts are also available if 3 or more applicants apply together. This application fee is non refundable.

Please note: Applications might be processed as they come. For example, if by mid April, we have filled all five fellowships; the cycle will be closed for the year. So it is best to apply as early as possible.

Application Information

Applications open now! Click here to fill application form.

NOTE: Please fill the form after paying the application fee, because the form requires you to upload proof of fee payment.
Applications should include the following, these will be uploaded on the form above:

  • A cover letter
  • A curriculum vitae
  • 3-5 poems / prose > 1500 words < 4,000 words
  • 3 articles/pieces pitches that you think The Bombay Review should publish
  • One letter of recommendation


  • 1st January, 2021: Application opens
  • August 1, 2021: Fellowship begins

One Fellowship award is reserved for Queer writers from South Asia.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • I’m not a citizen of any of the countries mentioned. Can I still apply?
  • Is there an age limit for applicants?
    Yes. 20-25.
  • I don’t have a graduate degree in creative writing or literature, but I have always wanted to write, publish, and read. May I apply for a fellowship?
    Yes, while that is preferred, we are open to new writers from all fields.
  • Will you only accept applicants who write fiction or poetry?

Application Process

  • What is the application deadline?
    Applications must be submitted no later than June 30, 2021 in order to be considered.

    Note: Applications will be processed as they come. So, if by mid April, we have filled all five fellowship slots, the cycle will close for the year.

  • Is there an application fee?
    Yes, please see above.
  • Is publication required for submission of an application?
    Publication is not required, this fellowship is to for young writers.
  • For the writing sample, can I submit work that has been previously published?
  • Can I submit creative nonfiction, memoir, or a screenplay that I have written?
    No – Fiction and Poetry only.

Selection Process

  • How are applicants chosen for the fellowship?
    Fellows are chosen based on the achievement and promise of their written work, on the strength of the recommendations, and on their passion to do something in the field.
  • Who is on the selection committee?
    Editors and members of the staff of the The Bombay Review, and external editors might be approached for evaluation.
  • What does the selection committee look for in the writing sample?
    Significant achievement and long term potential as demonstrated in the style, skill, and ambition of the writing sample.
  • What does the selection committee look for in the cover letter, and how long should this letter be?
    Cover letters offer you an opportunity to introduce yourself and your aspirations, as well as any projects or goals you would pursue if you received a Fellowship. Cover letters should be no longer than 500 words.
  • When and how will you let me know your decision?
    The selection committee will notify applicants as they come in. 
  • If I am not selected, can I apply again?
    Yes. We will be turning down many talented and qualified candidates and we encourage those candidates to reapply.
  • Can you give me feedback and tell me why I wasn’t selected for a fellowship?
    No. Due to the volume of applications we will be receiving, we cannot comment on individual applications.