LitMart - Bangalore Literature Festival 2017
India’s first and only pitch platform for aspiring authors is back for the fourth 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.

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 October 29th 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 October 29th 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 Friday, 20th October 2017 (midnight).
The Top 25 finalists and 10 wait listed entries will be announced on October 26th 2017 by email
The LitMart pitch event is on October 29th 2017 at 3:30pm.

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  • Only unpublished authors can apply to participate in LitMart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


Ajitha GS

Managing editor, Westland

Anushka Shetty

Co-founder, Penbound, e-literary agent associated with media production houses like Viacom18.

Deepthi Talwar

Chief editor, Westland

Manoj Kulkarni

Editorial director, Amaryllis

Preeti Gill

Editor, literary agent

Rashmi Menon

Commissioning editor, Amaryllis

Ravi Singh

Publisher and co-founder, Speaking Tiger

Sudeshna Shome Ghosh

Publisher, Children’s Books, Speaking Tiger

Trisha De Niyogi

Publisher, Niyogi Books

LitMart Pitch Event

3:30 – 5:30 pm
Sun | Oct 29 2017
The Grand BallRoom