Calling all Gujarati writers!

Today I have the sincere pleasure of writing about Madhu Rye – eminent Gujarati author and playwright.  He’s written scores of novels, short stories and plays and was awarded the Ranitram Gold Medal – considered the highest literary award in Gujarati literature – for his lifetime achievement in 2000.   One of his plays received the Bhupen Khakhar Playwriting Award and his novel Kimball Ravenswood was turned into a Bollywood film (What’s Your Raashee, starring Priyanka Chopra). 

I was first introduced to Madhubhai (as I have come to call him) a few years back through a professor at the University of Pennsylvania.  Gnaana was still in development and Madhubhai assisted us with the development of the Gujarati Alphabet Blocks (and Hindi), and later the Bindi Baby Numbers Books (you will see his name on the back).  He is genuine, jovial and truly inspirational.  A more sincere champion of the pure love of language I have never known!

Well, Madhubhai has recently launched Mamata Monthly – a monthly short story magazine.  Mamata is now running a Short Story Competition – with a handsome First Prize of Rs. 51,000/-.  The competition is open to anyone worldwide and there is no minimum or maximum length requirement.  The story must, of course, be in Gujarati.  Deadline is December 31.

Although the competition is limited to Gujarati stories, Mamata aims to publish one non-Gujarati piece in each issue – so whichever language you write in, you are welcome to submit to Mamata for publication.

Congratulations on another achievement, Madhubhai!

For more information, please contact

For US Home Delivery of Mamata (12 issues), please send a check for $30.00 made payable to “Chicago Art Circle” and mail to:  1468 Sandburg Drive, Schaumurg, IL  60173. 

For India Home Delivery,  please send a check for Rs. 150/- made payable to “Mamata Monthly” and mail to:  977/2 Sector 7-C, Gandhinagar. 


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27 Responses to “Mamata Magazine by Madhu Rye”

  1. madhu Says:

    so nice of you. i am blushing.
    there is a limit of 2000 words for the short story competition. and while translations from other languages are very welcome, they will not be eligible for the competition which is restricted to original gujarati works unpublished in any medium. authors should separately submit their name, address, phone, email id, a photo with a 50 word introduction with their entry. there are also second and third prizes of rs. 21,000 and rs 11,000. mamata will have the first right of publication on all entries. plz send your story–or write for further details, to

  2. Jay Gajjar, C.M., M.A. Says:

    Congratulations Shri Madhusudanbhai for starting a short story magazine. During 1950-60-70-80 there were some prominent Gujarati short stories magazines like Chanadi, Aaram, Prasthan, Aarasi, etc. But many disappeared. Gruhsobha, Sakhi, Navnit, Navchetan, Kumar still there to represent short stories. With a start of Mamata, a modern stories magazine, there will be a new outlook, new progess, new life in short stories because of your new outlook and new vision. Let us hope your dreams may fulfil with an experiened and literary vision team. Good luck. I will send you my subscription soon. – Jay Gajjar, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

  3. vrajesh shashikant dave Says:

    Shree Madhu kaka,
    Congratulations and jay dwarkadhish for MAMTA.

    I am trying to write a story for Mamta competition.

    and would send it before 31 st.

    can i pay subscription here at Mumbai as nowadays I am posted at Dena Bank, Bhat Bazar, Masjid, Mumbai.

    My cell no is 091672 28351 and 096197 29396

    Vrajesh Shashikant Narandas Dave

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