LitMart - Bangalore Literature Festival

India’s first and only pitch platform for aspiring authors is back for the third time. Bangalore Literature Festival brings to you this unique forum where budding authors get a chance to pitch their book idea to literary agents, commissioning editors and publishers.

LitMart finalists

Announcing the LitMart finalists, who will pitch their story/book idea to our eminent jury on December 18th at the Festival (in alphabetical order).


  • Akanksha Jalan
  • Akber Ayub
  • Amal Singh
  • Amartya Singh
  • Anandam Ravi
  • Ashmi Ahluwalia
  • Debleena Roy
  • Eugin Robinson
  • Harini Padmanabhan
  • Jinashree Rajendrakumar
  • Kamlesh Sundaram
  • Neena Desai
  • Nishant Singh
  • Pushkar Gunjan
  • Ramya Vivek
  • Rita Bhattacharjee
  • Sahana L
  • Sanjana Aiyar
  • Sanjay Gopinath
  • Sanjay Kumar
  • Saswat Sahu
  • Sheena Lakshmi
  • Sia Mitra
  • Tapan Mozumdar
  • Veena Kaipangala


Jury: Ajay Mago (Om Books), Ajitha GS (HarperCollins), Ashok Chopra (Hay House), Deepthi Talwar (Westland), Milee Ashwarya (Penguin Random House), Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee (Niyogi Books), Rashmi Menon (Amaryllis), Trisha Bora (Juggernaut) and Trisha De Niyogi (Niyogi Books), Sumant Batra and Sally Breen.

How does it work?

Submit information about your book idea, through our online form. Our eminent jury will evaluate all the entries we receive and shortlist 25 finalists. These finalists will get a chance to pitch in-person to the jury, get their feedback and connect for potential publishing opportunities. The pitch event will be held on December 18th as part of the Bangalore Literature Festival.

What to submit?

A 250-word proposal/synopsis covering the story idea, background and/or characterization and/or plot summary along with a 1-page excerpt from your manuscript. LitMart is open to both fiction and non-fiction proposals, in English only.

What is the selection procedure?

Submissions will be accepted only via the online submission form. The jury will select the Top 25 finalists and an additional 10 waitlisted entries. Finalists will be required to confirm their ability to attend the LitMart pitch event on December 18th at the Bangalore Literature Festival.

LitMart Pitch Format

For the finalists, your pitch can be in any format that you think suits your book idea best – storytelling, short video, slide deck, short play or musical, dance – really, anything, as long as it is within THREE minutes. The pitch will be followed by a short Q&A from the jury. Pitching will be in front of a live audience.


The deadline for submissions is Sunday, 27th November 2016 (midnight).
The Top 25 finalists and 10 wait listed entries will be announced on December 6th 2016.
The LitMart pitch event is on December 18th 2016 at 3pm.

Terms & Conditions

  • – Only unpublished authors can apply to participate in LitMart
  • – The Bangalore Literature Festival is only a facilitator via LitMart to connect aspiring authors with literary agents, commissioning editors and publishers. We do not guarantee or promise any publication deals or commercial contracts from the event
  • – The decision of the jury is final and the Festival does not have any influence on the same

LitMart Pitch Event

3:00 PM
December 18th 2016