About the judges:
Dr. Sanjukta Dasgupta, Professor and Former Head, Department of English and Former Dean, Faculty of Arts, Calcutta University is a poet, critic and translator. She is the recipient of numerous national and international grants and fellowships like Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship and Fulbright Scholar in Residence grant, Australia India Council fellowship, Gender Studies fellowship grant, University of British Columbia, etc. She was also the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Writers Prize jury panel (2003-2005) and visited Melbourne and Malta in 2004-2005. She has been granted the Charles Wallace Trust UK Translator Fellowship 2016, to work on her project on translations of selected texts of Tagore and his daughter Madhurilata at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. She has given poetry readings in India, Europe and the US. Apart from her books on literary studies, media and gender studies, translations and Tagore studies, her articles, poems, short stories and translations have been published in journals of distinction in India and abroad. Her published volumes of poems are Snapshots, Dilemma, First Language, More Light and Lakshmi Unbound.
Dr. Sharmila Ray is a poet and non-fiction essayist, anthologized and featured in India and abroad. Her poems, short stories and non-fictional essays have appeared in various national and international magazines and journals. She teaches in City College, Kolkata under Calcutta University where she is an Associate Professor of History. She was on the English Board of Sahitya Akademi. She was the editor of The Journal (Poetry Society India) and looked after a column Moving Hand Writes, Times of India, Kolkata. She writes in English and has authored eight books of poetry; Earth Me and You, A Day with Rini, Down Salt Water, Living Other Lives, It’s Fantasy, It’s Reality, With Salt and Brine, Windows, and Scrawls And Scribbles. She has given poetry readings at various festivals in India. She had been invited to International Struga Poetry Evenings, in Macedonia where she represented India, International Poets Meet in Kerala to share stage with Ben Okri, and in VAK –the first poetry biennial held in New Delhi. Currently she is working on a manuscript of non-fictional essays.
Mr. Kushal Poddar practices civil law by profession and poetry by passion. Widely published in several countries; prestigious anthologies include Men In The Company of Women, Penn International MK, Van Gogh’s Ear; been featured amongst the poets for the month December by Tupelo Press, Vine Leaves Literary Journal's Best of 2014 and in various radio programmes in Canada and USA; and collaborated with photographers for an exhibition in Venice and with performers for several audio publications. He presently lives in Kolkata and writes poetry, fiction and scripts for short films when not engaged by his profession at Calcutta High Court. His publications include books of poems published in USA and Australia: The Circus Came to My Island, A Place for Your Ghost Animals, Understanding Your Neighbourhood, Kleptomaniac’s Book of Unoriginal Poems (co-authored), and Scratches Within.