The JRLJ 'Best in Fiction 2018' award is sponsored by the Goan Association UK.

The print anthology of the JRLJ 2017/18 will be published by BombayKala Books, India.

We have had a marvellous year and it has been very difficult indeed to choose the shortlist for the 2018 JRLJ awards. The submissions until December 2018 having been closed and deliberated on, we are pleased to announce our shortlist as follows, in no particular order. The winners will be declared in early November 2018, the prize being adjudicated by award winning authors Victor Rangel-Ribeiro and Roanna Gonsalves, and scholar Cielo G. Festino of the Universidade Paulista, São Paulo. The two winners will receive a cash prize of Rs 10,000 each and an invitation to attend a presentation at GALF 2018. One winner will be published in The Goan newspaper. All shortlisted submissions will feature in the print anthology 2018 or subsequent editions. JRLJ reserves the right to alter the outcomes should circumstances change.  Please note some of these articles will not appear online but only in the print anthology. Brief extracts will appear in the December issue 2018. You can register your interest in the print anthology by clicking here.

The Best in Non-Fiction Award 2018
The Konkani Short Story: Amplifying Unheard Voices by Glenis Mendonca
Camoes in Goa: The Journey of an Epic by Jugneeta Sudan
Caste in the Kitchen by Malavika Neurekar

The Best in Fiction Award 2018
Kokum by Sheela Jaywant
Kiran by Salil Chaturvedi
A Dolphin in the Ganges by Steve R. E. Pereira

Issue NO 9 Aug-sept 2018


A Taste For The Exotic
By Ulrike Rodrigues

Three Haibuns: Unlost
By Paresh Tiwari

Two Poems: The Sea Knows the Itinerary of Pain
By Saima Afreen

Two Poems: To Monsoon Butterflies
By Joseph Furtado

Five Poems: A New Ministry
By Mrinalini Harchandrai

Five Poems: Cottage Industry
By Manohar Shetty

What Shall I Wear to Work Today?
By Roanna Gonsalves

Five Poems: Tea in Panaji
By Sarabjeet Garcha

Five Poems: Ebb Tide On the Zuari
By Brian Mendonça

A Drunken Poet
By Gouthami


Interview: Schulen Fernandes
Head Creative Designer at Wendell Rodricks Collections
Photo Essay: The Narks
By Salil Chaturvedi

Caste in the Kitchen
By Malavika Neurekar

How F. N. Souza Got His Name
By Selma Carvalho

Short Memoir: 1950, A Journey From Goa to Bombay
By Anthony Gomes

The Literary Maladies of Diaspora Goans
By Ben Antao

Book Review
The Baptism of Tony Calangute
By Stanley Coutinho

Paper Asylum
By Siddharth Dasgupta

The Delicate Balance of Little Lives
By Cielo G. Festino

Art Gallery
A peek inside the Carpe Diem Gallery, Majorda, Goa.


The release of a new issue is always a day of pride here at the Joao Roque Literary Journal, and this has never been more true than for the 'Seasonal Blooms' Aug-Sept 2018 issue. The fact that our content page is now a double-bar shows how we've grown from the time we floated our first issue in January 2017, which Rochelle Potkar and I filled with our own writings to make up for content. Now, we publish the very best in Goan and Goa-centric short and long-form narrative writing.

'Seasonal Blooms' with its emphasis on poetry has been exquisitely curated and edited by Rochelle, bringing to the fold, regional, national and international poets. When Joseph Furtado started publishing his poems in the early half of the 20th century, and was met with international acclaim, Goa was a Portuguese colony. Today, it's an intrinsic part of India, albeit one that is still an outlier and arouses a certain curiosity. Here, non-Goan poets re-imagine Goa and regional poets pay tribute to her. 

More cause for joy at JRLJ this month; author Jessica Faleiro joins us as commissioning editor. She has already brought a new vitality to the journal, and we hope to forge ahead with renewed vigour. You can read her bio in the About page.

Happy reading!
Selma Carvalho

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Banner image of the Carpe Diem Gallery, Majorda, Goa. Below image of rooftops, Vasco, Goa. Both courtesy Selma Carvalho.

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