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20 Places to Submit Creative Writing in India

In the ’70s, one of our most well-known poets, Jayanta Mahapatra, started a journal of Indian Writing in English called Chandrabhaga because there was no dedicated magazine for Indian poetry. He used to send his poems abroad which proved expensive and difficult.

For years, Chandrabhaga provided a platform for Indian writers. Many poets who are established today published their first poems in that magazine. Today, there is a growing number of literary magazines in the subcontinent that are either solely devoted to creative writing or run regular sections of original work.

At Helter Skelter, we focus on independent and alternative culture in India, but we’ve also been publishing original short-fiction and poetry as part of our New Writing series for close to three years. We thought it would be great to compile a list of a few other magazines that are interested in creative writing from the subcontinent. The publications listed below are all either based in India or actively seek work with a connection to the place. Each magazine has its own niche which one can get a sense of by reading some of their previous issues. Editors are often writers themselves and we have included their names here should you want to look up their writing.

20 Places to Submit Your Writing from India
Photograph by Nicole Lee.

Out of Print Magazine

Based out of India, this magazine provides a platform for writers of short fiction with a connection to the subcontinent. Since 2010, they have published an issue every quarter (March, June, September, December).

Editors: Indira Chandrasekhar, Samhita Arni, Leela Levitt, and Ram Sadasiv
Format: Online
Genre: Fiction (stories between 1,000 and 4,000 words)

The Little Magazine

The Little Magazine has been publishing contemporary South Asian writing across genres since 2000. It is possibly the only place that publishes full-length novellas and scripts, complete with camera or stage directions.

Editors: Antara Dev Sen and Pratik Kanjilal
Format: Print
Genres: Fiction, poetry, novellas, film and theatre scripts

The Caravan

They are an Indian magazine of politics and culture that is devoted to longform journalism, and publishes a fiction and poetry section.

Formats: Print and online
Genres: Poetry, fiction (short stories no longer than 5,000 words), and translations

Antiserious

They look for work that “believes in the beauty of brevity” and struggles with the “authoritarian rule of the serious”. They are closed for submissions at the moment, but their reading period begins on August 1, 2016, and ends on January 31, 2017. They will be publishing an issue in July that they are working on at the moment.

Editors: Sumana Roy, Debojit Dutta, and Manjiri Indurkar
Format: Online
Genres: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translations

Nether

Based in Bombay, Nether publishes literature, art, photography, and work that overlaps across these forms.

Editors: Avinab Dutta, Divya Nadkarni, Mohit Parikh, and Ujjal Nihil
Format: Print and online
Genre: Text across genres

Vayavya

Based in New Delhi, Vayavya publishes poetry and art three times a year (February/ March for Spring, June/ July for Summer, and November/ December for winter). They confess a fondness for poets who have never published their work before.

Editors: Mihir Vatsa (poetry), Alex Nodopaka (art), Avradeep Bhowmik
Format: Online
Genre: Poetry

Cha: An Asian Literary Journal

The first Hong Kong-based literary journal in English has a strong emphasis on Asia-centric creative work and work by Asian writers and artists.

Editor: Tammy Ho Lai-Ming, Jeff Zroback, Eddie Tay
Format: Online
Genres: Poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction

Asia Literary Review

The Asia Literary Review publishes writing from, about, and related to Asia.

Editor: You can see the details of their entire editorial team here.
Format: Print and online
Genress: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, and travel writing

Open Road Review

They are a South Asian magazine which has published more than 300 writers from more than 20 countries since 2011.

Editors: Kulpreet Yadav, Jhilmil Breckenridge (fiction), Pooja Garg Singh (poetry), Rachel Edwards (creative nonfiction)
Format: Online
Genres: Fiction (not more than 4000 words), creative nonfiction (not more than 2,000 words), and poetry

‚ÄčIndian Literature (Sahitya Akademi)

This bimonthly journal has published Indian writing in English and 23 other languages for the last 58 years.

Format: Print
Genres: Poetry, fiction, and translations

The Four Quarters Magazine

Each issue of this Indian literary journal has a theme which is announced a few months in advance.

Editors: Arun Sagar, Sohini Basak, Arjun Choudhuri, Uttaran Das Gupta, Mithun Mukherjee, Gayatri Goswami, Shan Bhattacharya, Avirup Ghosh, Abantika Debroy, and Abhimanyu Singh
Format: Online
Genres: Fiction and poetry

The Bombay Literary Magazine

This magazine is interested in literary fiction (and sometimes poetry). It seeks writing from India (but also the world).

Editor: Tanuj Solanki
Format: Online
Genres: Poetry and fiction

North-East Review

They are interested in work that is connected to any of the regions in northeast India, though they welcome all submissions. They also have a children’s section called Moina Mel which is open for submissions.

Editors: Uddipana Goswami, Sumana Roy
Format: Online
Genres: Poetry, fiction (at least 3,000 words), literary nonfiction, and memoir

Muse India

Muse India is a literary magazine which aims to show Indian writing in English.

Editors: Ambika Ananth (poetry), Atreya Sarma (fiction)
Format: Online
Genres: Poetry and fiction

Mithila Review

They’re looking for literary speculative fiction and poetry. They are interested in marginal experiences and the fluidity of reality and language. They pay for fiction in their upcoming anthology.

Editors: Ajapa Sharma, Salik Shah
Format: Online
Genres: Fiction and poetry

Aainanagar

Published in English and Bengali, Aainanagar is focussed on activism, literature, and art.

Format: Online
Genres: Poetry, fiction, and travelogues

Indian Review

They’re looking for writing connected to the subcontinent that reflects the transient nature of our times.

Editors: Tyrron Leo Whyte, Bijit Borthakur, Prabhat Bora, Lyra Neog Bora, and Leontia Whyte
Format: Online
Genres: Poetry, fiction, and translations

The Bombay Review

The Bombay Review is a bimonthly online magazine publishing short fiction and poetry, with annual print anthologies. The magazine is based out of New York City and Mumbai.

Editors: Kaartikeya Bajpal, Ushnav Shroff, and Huda Merchant
Format: Print and Online
Genres: Poetry and fiction

The Bangalore Review

They’re looking for original fiction and poetry, particularly by new and emerging writers.

Editor: Arvind Radhakrishnan
Format: Online
Genres: Poetry and fiction

The Madras Mag

Based out of Madras, they are committed to finding and promoting new literary voices. They also publish the work of established writers.

Editor: Krupa Ge
Format: Online
Genres: Poetry, fiction, and narrative nonfiction

If you know of any other publication currently interested in work from the subcontinent, let us know in the comments.

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  • Kaushik

    Jaggery jaggerylit.com

  • kamalpreet singh

    The Caravan no longer accepts fiction submissions.

  • This is great! Thanks.

  • Mitra

    Prachya Review

  • Rajkumar Balasubramaniyan

    This is very valuable information! Thanks

  • thetribejournal.com

  • P~

    Earthernlampjournal.com

  • Kiran Chaturvedi

    Great list. Thanks.Ther eis also the http://lijla.weebly.com/ Lakeview Journal of Literature & Art.

  • Pooja Goswami

    Informative post.
    Good to know there are number of sources from where emerging writers can also prove themselves.

  • Kanishka Ramchandani

    Yes, there’s the new literary magazine The Byword too. It’s fantastic.

  • Khurshid Alam

    Contemporary Literary Review India http://literaryjournal.in/index.php/clri

  • PICNSTORY

    Choose any picture from our posts on Facebook/Instagram or Tweets on Twitter. Craft a creative short story of 500 to 1000 words based on that picture. Submit your story to us at http://www.picnstory.com/submit.php

  • RK

    Telegram, a new-age literary magazine focussing on emerging Indian writing. It is bootstrapped and run by a team of three voracious readers and none-too-shabby writers themselves.

  • I guess Telegram can also be added to this list – https://www.magzter.com/IN/Talking-Books-in-Delhi/Telegram/Fiction/

  • Shashank Mohan

    Gratis.org.in – A space for creative writing publication. Check it out guys!

  • Shashank Mohan

    Gratis.org.in – Visit for independent stories written by writers across India

  • Nita Bajoria

    Thanks a ton:-)

  • Richie-Rich Powell

    If you write in English, you could consider https://www.shortstories101.com/. It’s a free, user-driven website where other users can read and give feedback.

  • Rohit Mehra

    Extremely helpful! Thanks :D

  • Amarjeet Pawar

    Thank you so much!!!!!!!

  • Veronica Gupta

    Thanks a tonne!

  • Komal Bhagat

    Sir if I make submission.. am I going to be paid for my work??

  • Great list for a lad who loves reading Indian poetry. Also, check out The Poetry Mail, they also have a free poetry competition, the RL Poetry Award open in two categories, national and international with a chance to win and have your book published.

  • prakash

    You have missed two most prominent literary journals:
    1 The Muse http://www.themuse.webs.com

    2. Literature Today http://www.literaturetodayjournal.webs.com

  • Janet H Swinney

    Can’t actually see where the ‘Literature Today’ people publish their work. And there doesn’t seem to be any way of contacting them, other than by sending them a submission. Got any clues?

  • It was an awesome
    post. I write short stories and in search of some genuine websites which
    accept short stories. Hope the sites suggested by you are the ones I was
    looking for. Going to give then a try!

    Other then above
    http://highlightstory.com is also a very good website.

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