Our team and partners

Victor Rangel-Ribeiro


Victor Rangel-Ribeiro is the elder statesman of Goan literature, and an award-winning author, whose debut novel Tivolem, was named one of the twenty notable first novels to be published in America in 1998. His short stories were first published in Bombay in the 1940s and 50s, and have been featured in prestigious American literary magazines such as the North American, and Iowa Literary Review. A collection of his short stories, Loving Ayesha and Other Stories was published by Harper Collins, India. The New York Foundation for the Arts awarded him its Fiction Fellowship in 1991; and the novel Tivolem earned him the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. A member of MENSA since 1988, Rangel-Ribeiro is also a trained musician, which has led to him being at one time, the director of the Beethoven Society of New York, and producing two scholarly books on Baroque and chamber music. His forthcoming works include a much-awaited F N Souza biography, a collection of short stories, and a second novel. For more information: http://www.victorrangel-ribeiro.com/


Selma Carvalho

Founder EDITOR

Selma Carvalho is a British-Asian writer and columnist. She is the author of three non-fiction books documenting the Goan presence in colonial East Africa. Between 2011 – 2014, she led the Oral Histories of British-Goans project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, UK. Her fiction has been published by literary journals across continents, Litro and Lighthouse UK among them. Her short stories have been listed in numerous international contests, most notably as runner-up in the New Asian Writing Prize, second runner-up DNA-Out of Print Contest, shortlisted for the London Short Story Prize 2017, and Words & Women UK, and highly commended for the Brighton Prize 2017. She was featured alongside prominent British-Asian writers in the India issue of Litro UK, edited by Shashi Tharoor. She has been regionally and nationally published in O Heraldo, Times of India, The Goan, DNA, Himal Southasian, Saffronart, Kenya Museum Society, and the African. For many years, she wrote for the review section of the O Heraldo. She lives in London with her husband and daughter. A full list of her publications and contest listings can be found here.



Rochelle Potkar


Fiction writer and poet, Rochelle Potkar’s collection, 'The Arithmetic of breasts and other stories’ was shortlisted for The Digital Book of the Year 2014 Publishing Next award. Four Degrees of Separation’ is her first book of poetry, (Paperwall, 2016). Widely anthologized, she won a gold place for her story, ‘The point of Irish coffee’ (Revenge Ink), and an editor’s choice award for, ‘Ramayan redux’ (Triangulation: Parch, USA). Her poem, ‘Knotted inside me’ was shortlisted for The RL Poetry Award 2013. She won a second place for ‘Swing’ at the Wordweavers contest 2014. She won the 2016 Open Road Review contest for her story, ‘The leaves of the deodar’. She has been a writer-in-residence at the Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP), 2015. (As part of the designated UNESCO city of literature, the programme sets the bar globally for creative writing).  Her works were dramatically read and interpreted on stages in Iowa and Portland, Maine. She is an alumna of the University of East Anglia’s creative-writing workshop, Kolkata. She has read poetry at literature and poetry festivals in Mumbai, Goa, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Agartala, Hong Kong, and Iowa.  She conducts creative writing workshops, and is on the Subject Board for the English undergraduate syllabus at KJ Somaiya College and St. Xavier's College - Autonomous, Mumbai. She blogs at: www.rochellepotkar.com




The Goan Voice UK was started in 1999 by Eddie Fernandes. After graduating in History from St. Xavier's College, Bombay, Eddie started his career teaching at the Goan School, Mombasa. He emigrated to Britain in 1962, to pursue a Librarianship, and as a librarian had a career spanning 35 years with University College London. The Goan Voice UK is the only online newsletter of its kind which informs the world-wide Goan community of news, upcoming events and death notices. As a partner, Goan Voice UK will provide a platform to promote your writing to a world-wide audience. Access Goan Voice UK here.


Dogears Bookshop, Margao


Dogears Bookshop is owned by Leonard and Queenie Fernandes, who initially started their enterprise with an online store for used books in 2006. They quickly moved to setting up CinnamonTeal Publishing, pioneering the business of providing publishing services to authors and trade publishers in India. They host Publishing Next, an annual conference on the future of publishing held in Goa, India. Apart from publishing, their flagship bookshop Dogears has become a creative space in Margao, in which regular literary events and workshops are held. As partners, Dogears will be the avenue for JRLJ literary events. Find out more here.


The Goan English daily


The regional newspaper The Goan is our latest partner. It will offer print publication of the annual winning piece of writing. You can find The Goan here.


Goan Association UK


The Goan Association UK founded in 1966 is a non-profit social, cultural and sports association set up to foster the well being of the Goan community in the United Kingdom. It has deep and long abiding relationships with other cultural organisations across the world and with the motherland Goa. The 'Best in Fiction 2018' award is sponsored by the association. To read more about the activities of the association click here.