Bhavika Govil was born in New Delhi, India. She is a writer and journalist with a Master’s in Creative Writing with Distinction from the University of Edinburgh. Her short story ‘Eggs keep falling from the fourth floor’ was shortlisted for the 2021 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize and was later included in A Case of Indian Marvels, the first major anthology of India’s most exciting new writers, edited by David Davidar. She also won the Bound Short Story Prize 2019 for her story ‘Curdled’, and was longlisted for the Toto Awards for Creative Writing in English from 2021 to 2023. Her story ‘Naan Bread’ was mentioned as a Notable Contender for the Bristol Short Story Prize 2020. Her work has been published in Wasafiri, Extra Teeth, Gutter, Hillfire Anthology and From Arthur’s Sea, and she has written for Vogue, Outlook Traveller, Little Black Book and The New Indian Express. She has performed her work at numerous festivals including the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Paisley Book Fair and Push the Boat Out Festival.
The Book of Ma, her debut novel, was a finalist for the DHA New Writers’ Open Week and won the 2021 Pontas & JJ Bola Emerging Writers Prize. Bhavika divides her time between London and New Delhi.