Bhavika Govil

Bhavika Govil was born in New Delhi and dreams of the sea. Her debut novel, Hot Water, is forthcoming with HarperCollins India. An early portion of the manuscript won the 2021 Pontas & JJ Bola Emerging Writers Prize and was a finalist for the David Higham New Writers’ Open Week. She has received a Master's in Creative Writing with Distinction from the University of Edinburgh. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for the 2021 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize, and won the 2019 Bound Short Story Prize. It has also been longlisted for the TFA Awards for Creative Writing from 2021 till 2023, and been mentioned as a notable contender for the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize. Her stories have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies internationally such as Wasafiri, Extra Teeth, Gutter, Vogue, Outlook Traveller and A Case of Indian Marvels: Dazzling Stories by the Country’s Finest New Writers. She has performed her work at numerous literature festivals including the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Paisley Book Fair and Push the Boat Out Festival. She facilitates creative writing workshops for adults. After living in Edinburgh, London and Doha over the past few years, she is now based in India.