Michelle Wendy D’costa (she/her)

born 21st October, 1991 (Bahrain)

Writer l Mentor l Editor l Podcaster (Mumbai, India)


Press: Mid-Day, The Hindu, Pune Mirror, FirstPost and others.

Highlights of my career (2012-2021):

Debut poetry chapbook Gulf published by Yavanika Press in August 2021
Prose, poetry and author interviews published in over 50 journals like Litro UK, Eclectica, Berfrois and more
Poetry longlisted for the TOTO Award For Creative Writing 2021
Conducted over 30 fiction writing classes for over 400 participants since 2020
Mentoring writers at all stages of their writing
Conducted creative writing classes for organisations such as Mastree and Unherd
Managing Editor, Bound (2019-)
Founding Editor, Kaani (2018-)
Fiction Editor, Jaggery Lit Mag (2016-2018)
Editorial Team- Gulf Daily News, Bahrain (2015-2016)
Assistant Editor, Decades Review (2012-2013)
Co-host of the author interview podcast Books and Beyond with Bound
HR Executive, Delta Construction Co., Bahrain (2016-2019)
HR trainee- Toyota (2012), Awal Gulf (2013), Shaheen Group (2014), Bahrain 

Highlights of my education: (2009-2021)

MBA, Christ University, Bangalore (2013-2015)
BCom, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore (2009-2012)
Basic German, Christ University, Bangalore, 2014 (Credit Course)
Creative Writing, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, 2009 (Credit Course)
How To Fall Back In Love with Poems by Mary Biddinger, Black Lawrence Press, Nov 2021
Introduction To Haiku by Shloka Shankar, May 2021
Sentence After Sentence-Fiction Writing Class by Tanuj Solanki, Feb 2021
Table Talk: How Food Travels with Vidya Balachander, Nov 2021
Amélie Le Renard, Western Privilege: Work, Intimacy, and Postcolonial Hierarchies in Dubai (Stanford University Press, Nov 2021)
Member of The Quarantine Train (2021-)

Get in touch Newsletter l Linkedin l Twitter l Instagram 



Publications (2012-2021)


Bengaluru Review, Litro UK, Usawa Literary Review, MAD in Asia, Out Of Print, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, The Bombay Literary Magazine, Eunoia Review, Lakeview Journal of Literature and Arts among others.  


Gulf (Yavanika Press, 2021)
Yearbook of Indian Poetry In English 2020-2021 (Hawakal, 2021)
40 under 40- An anthology of post-globalisation poetry (Paperwall, 2016)
The Worlds Within – an anthology of TCK art and writing: young, global and between cultures (Summertime Publishing, 2014) 
Berfrois, The Woman Inc, Eclectica, Vayavya, Guftugu, The Alipore Post, The Bangalore Review, The Bombay Literary Magazine, Visual Verse, The Madras Courier, Sunflower Collective, Cafe Dissensus, Big River Poetry Review, Antiserious among others. 


Research Report
On Demystifying Indian Publishing, Bound, 2021
Seeing Yourself In Fiction, EPW, 2019

How The Face Of Another (1966) Finds Its Right Audience In 2019, High On Films, 2019
30 + Writer Interviews
Links to all interviews published here

Writing/Literary Contests  (2009-2021)

Longlisted, TOTO Award For Creative Writing (Poetry), 2021
Finalist, Write Beyond Borders Mentorship Scheme 2021
Longlisted, Bengaluru Review Short Fiction Contest 2020
Longlisted, RL Poetry Award, 2017
Longlisted, DNA-Out of Print Short Fiction Contest, 2017
Longlisted, DNA-Out of Print Short Fiction Contest, 2016
Winner, Flash Fiction Contest, Saarang, IIT Madras, 2015
Finalist, Open Road Review Short Fiction Contest, 2015
Longlisted, DNA-Out of Print Short Fiction Contest, 2015
Runner-up, Poetry Competition, poetandgeek magazine, 2012
Winner, Flow For All Poetry Competition, 2009   


Managing Editor, Bound- Community of over 35k writers!


-Strategic planning for business development

-Handling client queries and coordinating with freelancers

-Creating curriculums for writing workshops and classes

-Mentoring writers at all stages of their writing

-Beta reading and evaluating manuscripts

-Creating and organizing content for various programs and social media platforms

-Commissioning content for Jotted, Bound’s online magazine

– Conceptualization, research, editing, writing and promoting content for the podcast Books and Beyond With Bound– Over 120k downloads and counting!

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More info on Bound’s services here


Testimonials from clients:

I believe that the most difficult phase of a manuscript is after the first draft. Michelle’s support at this stage of mine was huge. With her extensive knowledge of contemporary literature, she helped me see my work with more clarity and precision. She got the nuances of a world ( in the manuscript) that was completely alien to her and this surprised me. She promptly helped me with further queries too.

-Monisha Raman, Freelance Content Writer

Michelle is a very warm yet assertive writing mentor. She will point out what works and doesn’t work in your creative writing without mincing words and wasting time. Working with Michelle on a one-to-one level is like drinking a warm, strong cup of coffee and you always feel invigorated and stimulated after. I highly recommend it. Thank you!

-Neharika Gupta, Author, Adulting (HarperCollins India)

Working with Michelle has been an amazing experience. When I had started out, i was near certain I would never reach a point where I could write a complete story, let alone a good one. Michelle has made me truly believe in myself as a writer. She has challenged me in my thinking with prompts and feedback. At the same time she has cultivated a hugely supportive partnership. Her guidance and experience are just the thing a budding writer need!

-Vanshika Sharma, Manager, L & D, Reliance Industries Limited

Recording with Books and Beyond was a joyous experience – It’s a breath of fresh air, not just in a country like India where books discussion is so limited, but for its own sake anywhere in the world. I look forward to see and hear what mix of experience and novelty, craft, inspiration and fun they bring to their new season.

-Samit Basu, Author, Chosen Spirits (Simon and Schuster India) 


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