The Elle Fiction Awards

Five years ago, ELLE India founded the Fiction Awards because if there are two things we hold holy, they are the written word, and our commitment to identifying and showcasing emerging talent. 

We enlisted the help of the country’s leading publishers and authors to help us hand-pick distinctive Indian voices writing in English.

When we sent out our first call for fiction entries in 2010, the response was immense. The avalanche of entries – from professional to closet writers – from all across the country threw us. We realised so many of you nurse a profound love for storytelling, for crafting perfect sentences, for inventing plots that stretch the imagination taut. And we decided to be your soapbox.

Each new edition of the ELLE Fiction Awards since has only confirmed our suspicion that there is a large, untapped pool of talented Indian fiction writers.

Well, we’re coming for you.