8th & 9th February 2019


Connecting queer (LGBTIQ+) people across India through literary experiences that inspire educate and entertain and provide a platform to initiate dialogues between the government, political parties and the queer community. Awadh is a region in the state of Uttar Pradesh and mainly includes Lucknow and surrounding districts. We propose to hold ‘Awadh Queer Literature Festival (AQLF)’ in Lucknow and aspire to become an annual event that brings together queer literary community together across India to share pleasure and power of the language. Lucknow, capital of Uttar Pradesh, provides a perfect setting for such a vibrant festival as it has a long history of literature, cultural and literary events and of acceptance. And with Section 377 becoming history, it is the right time for queer literature, politics, and ideas to claim its own space. In the past two years, Lucknow has successfully held several queer related events such as Pride Walk, Film Screening, IDAHOT events, photo exhibition, queer performances, etc. and have established great networking with FM Channels, Universities and Civil Societies. The event will provide an opportunity to build interface for the mainstream society to interact with the queer community through literature, interactive and Q&A sessions. It will be a two days event to be held on 8th & 9th February 2019 in Lucknow.

programme schedule


  • Ajeet Dass

  • Akshay Tyagi

  • Amrita Nanda

  • Alice

  • Anant Zanane

  • Arif Zafar

  • Basant

  • Bobby Ramani

  • Dhananjay

  • Dr Akhil K Gautam

  • Eikaansh Maya

  • Prof Himadri

  • Kanika

  • Kashish Dua

  • Kumar Shetty

  • Lisa Nova Jena

  • Maya Sharma

  • Mirchi RJ Prateek

  • Nighat Gandhi

  • Pratik Srivastava

  • Ramashankar Bajpai

  • Renu Mishra

  • Ritwik

  • Prof Roop Rekha Verma

  • Sadaf Jafar

  • Saleem Kidwai

  • Samay

  • Saurabh Srivastava

  • Sharif D Rangnekar

  • Shankari Gauri

  • Simran Shaikh

  • Suhail Abbasi

  • Sukhdeep Singh

  • Sunita Aron


  • Launch of the web portal on queer writings: www.talesbyqueers.com
  • Skill Building Workshops
  • Panel Discussions
  • Book Launches
  • Film Screening
  • Performances on the queer theme
  • Opening & Closing Ceremony


International Research Institute of Buddhist Studies,
Gomti Nagar, Lucknow


  • Entries can be submitted in English, Hindi and Urdu
  • Each entry should not exceed 1000 words
  • Entries should not have published anywhere earlier
  • There is no fee for entering this contest
  • Exciting prizes to be won
  • Selected top ten entries will be published on https://www.talesbyqueers.com/
  • Entries submitted from 1 January 2019 till 31 January will only be considered for the contest.
  • Entries have to be submitted at https://www.talesbyqueers.com/submit/

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