This mail came by the other day from SLS 2008 contest organizers:
Dear Nabina Das,
Thank you for participating in the annual SLS Russia/Kenya contest. As indicated previously, we are offering some merit-based fellowships for our 2008 contestants whose work placed beyond the mean of contest submissions. Our judges were strongly impressed with your writing, and we are pleased to offer you an SLS fellowship, in the amount of a 20% tuition waiver. This offer is being extended approximately to the one-fifth of contest participants who were semi-finalists in each category.SLS programs are renowned for the extremely high quality of their workshops, taught by some of the most innovative, interesting and talented of international writers and poets -- and in order to maintain that level of excellence, we need participants of high caliber of talent and dedication... which is why we'd be happy if you could join us in St. Petersburg, Russia, this Summer.We hope you'll seriously consider this offer. If you haven't already done so, please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with our website, at www.sumlitsem.org. The dates of the Russia program are June 15-28, with an optional third week through July 4.If you choose to accept this offer, we need your reply by April 26. For visa purposes we need your passport info ASAP and, as much as we would like to have you in the program, it fills up very quickly, and we can't guarantee places will be open for long.If you can't make it to Russia, this summer, your scholarship is also applicable to our SLS Kenya program in December. (We had to reschedule the program, due to the recent political developments in that country.) See the Kenya portion of the website for the updated details soon: www.sumlitsem.org/kenya.
If you have any questions about the program or this offer, please email us at email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the very best,
It all sounds fantastic but even after 20% tution waiver, I can't go to Russia...aww.
About FOOTPRINTS IN THE BAJRA (Cedar Books, New Delhi); By Nabina Das
"Fittingly for a poet, Nabina’s novel also has a strong lyrical core. 'Footprints in the Bajra' takes the homely image of the millet field as its central metaphor. ... But the novel is less a thriller about guerrilla action than a subtly colored character study of a fascinating group of individuals who intersect at various points in their lives ..." -- DEBRA CASTILLO, author, editor and distinguished professor (Cornell University, April 17, 2010).