Call for Applications: Choix Goncourt de l’Inde 2021

What is the Prix Goncourt?

The Prix Goncourt is one of the most prestigious & coveted French Literary Prizes which has been awarded annually for more than a century!

In 2021-22, for the first time ever, a committee of Indian students currently studying French will choose a literary work which will be awarded the title of Choix Goncourt de l’Inde in partnership with the Académie Goncourt, the network of Alliances Françaises in India, and the French Institute in India. This Indian Selection Committee will consist of current students from Alliances Françaises in India & the French Departments of Indian Universities.

The network of Alliances Françaises in India is looking for 3 to 5 people who will represent AFs in the Goncourt Committee 2021 in India!


Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply, the candidate must fulfill all of the following conditions :

  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of sending the application
  • Be a current student registered in a French language course OR French language workshop of any Alliance Française in India at the time of sending the application
  • Should have at least completed a full B2 level course at the time of sending the application
  • Be passionate about Literature and commit to reading the entirety of the 4 shortlisted novels in French between November 2021 & January 2022

Note: The staff of any Alliance Française in India is not eligible to apply for the Goncourt Committee 2021.

How to apply?

Fill this form (in French) & write a letter (in French) to [email protected] before midnight (IST) on June 10, 2021.

Useful guidelines about writing the letter

We are looking for people who are passionate about Literature, who are ready to take on the challenge of reading hundreds of pages in French in a very short period of time, and who love to debate & defend their point of view. Write to us & tell us why you would like to be part of this adventure! The letter can be in any format but should not exceed two pages.

A few pointers

  • Tell us about you
  • What are your motivations for becoming a member of the Goncourt Committee of the Alliances Françaises in India? What are your expectations from the same?
  • What are your literary tastes (for example, the last book you read in French, your favourite francophone author etc.)

A jury of representatives from different Alliances Françaises in India (Professors, Librarians, Directors etc.) will select the best-written & most convincing letters. The diversity of the works that you have read, your capacity to describe your literary tastes, and your proficiency in French will help us make the cut!

Important Dates

  • Last date to apply 10th June 2021 | 23:59
  • June 15 – Announcement of Candidates selected to become part of the Goncourt Committee of the Alliances Françaises in India
    End of October 2021 – Announcement of the French Novels in competition
  • November 2021 to January 2022 – Under the supervision of a professor, reading the entirety of all the 4 French novels in competition and deliberations with the Goncourt Committee of the Alliances Françaises in India
  • 1st Week of February 2022 – National-level deliberations: 1 representative from the Goncourt Committee of the Alliances Françaises in India will go to Delhi to participate in the final selection along with the overall Goncourt India Committee

The winning book will be declared at the New Delhi World Book Fair 2022, where France will be the Guest of Honour.

Note: Certain modalities are subject to change as per the restrictions imposed by the ongoing pandemic