These FAQs are designed to serve as a companion to the submissions document. They are incomprehensive and should not be considered as a final guide to submissions.

1. Are the awards open only to Indians?

The awards are open to all Indian citizens (regardless of country of residence) and those residing elsewhere holding an OCI card or any other official evidence that verifies that their country of origin is India.

If the content is queer and if the areas covered about gender are related to sexuality and the LGBTQIA+ spectrum, then it does qualify for consideration. The jury’s decision, however, will be final and binding.

3. What are the various categories under which submissions can be made?


Fiction – this includes novels, graphic novels and collections of short stories (by a single author)
Non-Fiction – this includes memoirs, biographies, history and anything that doesn’t fall under Fiction, including poetry



4. Are the awards only for material written and printed in English?

Yes, for both literature and journalism.

5. Will translations from another language into English be acceptable?

Translations (into English) will be accepted so long as the original content was written in an official Indian language.

6. Till when will entries be accepted?

Entries for the awards will be open between May 19, 2024, and July 18, 2024.

7. In terms of publication dates, what period is under consideration, assessment or review?

The period under consideration is work published between June 1, 2023, and May 31, 2024 (both days included). 

8. Who can submit an entry?

For the literature awards:
Publishers may submit two entries under each category (i.e. two books for fiction; and two books for non-fiction).
Self-published authors may submit one entry, which must have an ISBN.

For the journalism awards:
Digital and print media organisations may submit two entries. (i.e. two articles per organisation, maximum).
Freelance journalists may submit two entries.
(Please note that digital platforms that are focused on platforming views/opinions also qualify as media organisations for the sake of these awards).

9. How do I make a submission?

Please consult our submissions process for the full details on making submissions for both the literature and journalism awards. The information is available on this website under the Process tab.

10. Who will read my submission?

A prestigious eight-member jury has been selected to consider submissions. More information on jury-members is available on our website and social media handles.

11. When will the awards be announced?

The jury will release a shortlist in the month of November. The final winners will be announced in an award ceremony at the Rainbow Lit Fest – Queer & Inclusive in New Delhi on the 7th or 8th of December 2024. We suggest you follow our social media handles and websites to get updates on the same.

12. What is the prize for winning submissions?

Winners will receive a citation and will be acknowledged on our social media handles, in press dispatches and at the Award’s ceremony. 

13. I do not live in New Delhi, are there any provisions to allow me to attend the awards ceremony?

Those shortlisted will have to make their own arrangements. If you choose to be present, and we are intimated early enough, the shortlisted writers will be provided full access to the Rainbow Lit Fest – Queer & Inclusive. 

14. How do I get in touch with the RALJ?

Our social media handles are as follows:

Instagram: @therainbowawards_
X (Twitter): @therainbowawards


The full details of the submission process and requirements are to be found on this website. These FAQs are not meant to be a final guide, and the full guide should be read carefully and fully before any submissions are made.

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