Spin Your Science

Our flagship science fiction story/poem writing competition is back!


Fancy yourself to be a budding Arthur Clarke? Fascinated by the stories that bring together science and fiction? Do your favorite movies and books run on the lines of Avatar, Interstellar, Star Wars or Star Trek?

Calling all sci-fi buffs! Here’s a competition to appeal to the curious writer within you! Participate in our science-fiction writing competition!

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? 

The competition is Open To ALL!

WHY SHOULD YOU PARTICIPATE?

  • To receive mentorship and detailed feedback from our esteemed jury, comprising of acclaimed science-fiction writers
  • Network with fellow science fiction enthusiasts through our workshops
  • Get your work published on the ISF blog-page and annual magazine!
  • Win exciting cash prizes!

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Can I participate along with a friend?
    Yes, the competition invites individual as well as team entries. However, each team can have a maximum of 2 people.
  • Will all entries receive feedback from ISF’s mentors?
    No, only the TOP 10 finalists will receive mentorship.
  • Can I write in a language other than English?
    We want to encourage as much participation as possible. If you wish to write in a language other than English, please write to utsav@fast-india.org and we will try our best to facilitate your participation.
  • I am not in India currently. Am I eligible to participate?
    Yes. We’re inviting applications from all over the world.
  • My nationality is not Indian. Am I eligible to participate?
    Yes! Please feel free to send in your application.
  • Is there an age limit for participating?
    No, there is no age limit.
  • If my original story/poem has already been published, can I send in the same?
    No, we will not be accepting previously published entries.

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For any queries, please contact Utsav Thapliyal at utsav@fast-india.org.

Talk Your Thesis

Our flagship competition for MS/PhD/Post-Doc students is back!


Talk your Thesis
is a competition for anybody pursuing an MS/PhD/PostDoc or has recently completed one. Explain your research to us in a short and simple video. Finalists will be selected through a competitive process by a judging panel comprising scientists, researchers and communicators from across the globe.

The top 5 finalists will be mentored by experts in the field to polish their skills in order to deliver a 10 mins public talk in front of a live audience at India Science Festival in January 2023, at Hyderabad. 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? 

Anyone who is pursuing a MS/PhD/Postdoc or has recently completed one is eligible for this competition.

WHY SHOULD YOU PARTICIPATE?

  • Finalists receive mentorship and detailed feedback from our esteemed jury
  • Participants get the golden opportunity to network with fellow researchers, renowned scientists and communicators from across the world
  • Winners get exciting cash prizes, global recognition and glory!

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Can I participate along with a friend?

No, only individual entries are permitted for TYT.

  • I have just completed my PhD. Can I participate?

Yes, anyone who is pursuing a MS/PhD/Postdoc or has recently completed one is eligible for this competition.

  • Will all entries receive feedback from ISF’s mentors?

No, only the TOP 5 finalists will be mentored by ISF’s panel.

  • Will I have to go anywhere for the final round of TYT?

Yes, the final round of TYT will be held in Hyderabad, at ISF 2023.  The organizers will bear the travel and accommodation costs of our finalists.

  • I don’t have proper recording equipment at home. Is that a problem?

Not at all. As long as you have a device with a camera and sound (like a mobile phone or a laptop), you’re good to go!

  • Can I speak in a language other than English?

We want to encourage as much participation as possible. If you wish to present your thesis in a vernacular language, please reach out to Utsav Thapliyal (utsav@fast-india.org) and we will try our best to facilitate the same.

  • I am not doing my MS/PhD/Post Doc in India. Am I eligible to participate?

Yes. We’re inviting applications from all over the world.

  • My nationality isn’t Indian. Can I participate?

Yes! Please feel free to send in your application.

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For any queries, please contact Utsav Thapliyal at utsav@fast-india.org.

Science in Focus

Our flagship science photography competition is back!


Photography has emerged as a powerful tool to tell stories of science and simplify scientific ideas and concepts that are difficult to capture through words. Through ‘Science in Focus’, we are seeking compelling visual stories on the theme of ‘everyday science’. Science is not just confined to research labs or classrooms, it’s a way to make better sense of the world around us and to help solve our many problems. This competition will allow participants to share their encounters with science in everyday life.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? 

The competition is Open To ALL!

Additional information about the competition

  • The finalists’ entries will be displayed in an online exhibition as well as in an offline mode, (on the ISF grounds)
  • The contest is free to enter and open to all members of the public. Entries must be submitted by 31st October 2022, 23:59 PM IST. Submissions will not be accepted once the deadline lapses.
  • Images must be taken in 2022 and entries should be based on contest guidelines. Images should be supplied at as high a resolution as possible (for printing up to A1 minimum), suitable for printing in media and an exhibition. Images must be supplied in a clean format (e.g. no text, symbols, and borders). Images should be no larger than 10 MB. Photos must be in JPEG format. 
  • Each participant can submit up to two images. Judging will be based on a single image and not a series of images.
  • Each image must be accompanied by the name of the contributor(s), title of the image, and story behind the image (a brief lay description of the image preferably in the form of a story, of not more than 80 words).
  • ISF may run an online rating process whereby members of the public may vote for a favourite photograph.
  • Basic editing, including colour enhancement, the use of filters, and cropping is acceptable. Advanced editing is used to create illusions, deceptions and/or manipulations, and the adding/ removing of significant elements within the frame is prohibited.
  • The decision of the Judges and ISF is final and no negotiation will be entertained with respect to any such decision.
  • Photo entries will be stored in the ISF image database and duly acknowledged if used for organisational or educational purposes.
  • Entries containing any infringing, threatening, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, libellous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic or profane content shall be automatically disqualified.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Do I need to have to be a professional photographer to participate?
 – Anyone interested in photography is welcome to enter this contest!

2. Do I need to have a professional camera/ equipment to participate?
 – No, you can use any photography equipment, this includes a DSLR/ Digital camera or a mobile phone.

3. Will ISF get the copyright for my photograph?
– No, the photographer will retain the copyrights of their entries. ISF will not claim copyright over the photographs.

4. Can I submit entries in black and white?
–  Yes.

5. Can I enter a photograph that I have submitted for other competitions?
– No.

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For any queries, please contact Utsav Thapliyal at utsav@fast-india.org.

Meet our Jury Members

Science In Focus

Rathika Ramasamy

Wildlife Photographer

Ashir Kumar

Nature Photographer

Patrizia Burra

Photographer/ Digital Artist/ Creative Director

Kalyan Varma

Wildlife Filmmaker & Photographer

Spin Your Science

Shiv Ramdas

Science Fiction Writer

Mimi Mondal

Speculative Fiction Writer

Peter Cawdron

Science Fiction Writer