Initiated in 2018, global digital accelerator platform NE8x® launched the Online Literature Fest, to feature the leading literary influencers across respective domains: Literature & Fiction, romance, crime & thriller, children & young adult, sci-fi & fantasy,business & economics, biographies and beyond for their contribution in literature that impacted readers, across globe and inspiring the next generation writers.As a neo community for authors, NE8x® started as a digital accelerator for brands and profiles in redefining digital listings, since early 2016.As an emerging brand in this sector, the digital accelerator has been recognising & providing platforms to exceptional influencers across diverse literary domains.NE8x initiatives has been mentioned earlier across esteemed media portals regionally, nationally and internationally by the likes of News 18, Yahoo News, ANI, Entrepreneur,TOI, Deccan Herald, The Indian Express,Business Standard, Financial express & beyond
In a sector filled with both aspiring and established authors, bridging the existing gap between both these categories is itself a challenge. In a domain where the writers, publishers and reviewer ecosystem are involved, solving every challenge keeping in the best interests of all the three elements of the ecosystem gets tougher with testing times.The entire conduct approach of the Litfest being completely online ( which is among the first of its kind in India ) also led to the deliverables for the campaign mailed online to the community authors, assisting participating authors for Litfest 2021 Edition spread all across the world including notable NRI (Non residential Indians) writers who participated in large numbers.The engagement activities, bootcamps and assistance for the talk sessions was also provided online, as talks video was published on the official youtube channel as part of readerbase and audience engagement with the book and author concerned.Overall, in span of 280 days, the NE8x® Litfest campaign has:
- Reached over 20K+ literature community
- Led to 480+ shortlisted author nominees
- Resulted in an Author assistance platform
- Selected 100+ author for Litfest’21 edition
- Helped bring literature ecosystem closer
Handpicked after rigorous selection process and shortlisting criteria from the 500+ listed nominees for LitFest 2021, the final list of top 100 winning feature list for the 2021 edition, in their literary endeavours are:
Rounak Rai, Sambit Daspatnaik, Gaurav Kataria, Aradhye Ackshatt, Jemimah Jonah, Ekta Saigal Pandit, Harish Muralidhar, Namita Das, Naseha Sameen, Vinay D Bajaj, Rohan Singhvi, Ishita Gauhri, Mahesh Ratnam Rajan, Sreeja Mohandas, Eshwarmurthy G Pillai, Maniraj Chervirala, Hemangi Sarode Prasad, Shalu Thakur, Jaymin Shah, Shreya Faria, Raksha Gupta, Simran Yaseen, Nilshree Yelulkar, Krishnan S, Anagha Ratish, Rohit Bagaitkar, Yati Patel, Fathima Chandhini, Parishmita Baruah, Sudham, Balasubramanian Mahadevan, Chaitanya Yechuri, Sona Sharma, Rohan Patwardhan, Vikas Singh Chauhan, Kanika Saxena, Hemanth Fernando, Colonel [Dr.] Ramanan Duraiswami, Rucha Joshi, Shraddha Nyati, Neha Phull, Divya Pradyumnan, Madhurima, Levi Vaguez, Nihar Bhonsule, Manisha Amol, Abhinidha S, Vivek Chowthri, Shivi Goyal, J.M. Riyaa Josh, Sweta Singh “Sonee”, Jagjit Rana, Geeta Lal Sahai, Ramesh Arreja, Rajeev Sinha, Sazina Khan, Sushmita Gupta, Riya Ranka, Sangamesh D Patil (Manu D), Jyoti B, Surabhi Naik, Dr. Shraddha Kulkarni, Patricia D Souza, Srirup Choudhary, Raywa Ravipati, Romi Dey, Shantanu Gote, Prashanth Chakkula, Anita Rajani, Kinshuk Srivastava, Renuka Gangan, Ratika Mishra, Chitkala Mulye, Madhumita Mandal, Chirmi Shimray, Avijeet Das, Pranay Bhalerao, A S Sethupathi, Rekha Balachandran, Priyanka Das, Leena Basumatary Kendurkar, Manikya Sanghi, Meghna Das, Haritosh Srivastav, Meera V, Pradeep Kumar Yadav, Parthita Dutta, Vini Kunhappan, Namrata Naresh, Manjul Manish, Mahoor Zahid, Sarmistha Gupta, Sankalp Shrivastava, Deepa A Agarwal, Suman Bhattacharya, Hema Myer Sood, Jasmine Akhtar, Dr. Navya Srinivas, Ann Meryem Baycan, Mir Raashidah
Among the winners list, Gayatri Rao won an exclusive Amazon Kindle, while Sambit Daspatnaik won a podcast kit from NE8x Litfest for their exceptional literary contributions among the entire list of participants for Litfest 2021.
Social media mentions and shoutouts featuring the Author & all their esteemed books, with mentions, tags was published across all leading social media handles of NE8x as on Facebook, Instagram & beyond.At a later stage of the ongoing NE8x Litfest, an academy to help share more information & strategies based on domain knowledge and mentors was created under the banner of NE8x Word and participating authors were guided on book marketing and social media outreach marketing for their books. Applications for Litfest 2022 are currently open and the same is been considered based on review of the submitted author profile submissions by our content research team across the author profile, book ratings and testimonials regarding their book review.Since its inception with the first NE8x® Literature Fest in 2018 for the respective categories for the year, the team had just one goal in mind: To establish a community of writers thereby recognising their contributions and helping aspiring writers understand the literary domain in much more depth.The same mission has continued in the journey of NE8x Word as a literary accelerator towards creating an inclusive literary ecosystem.