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


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


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


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


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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  • kamalpreet singh

    The Caravan no longer accepts fiction submissions.

  • This is great! Thanks.

  • Mitra

    Prachya Review

  • Rajkumar Balasubramaniyan

    This is very valuable information! Thanks


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  • Kiran Chaturvedi

    Great list. Thanks.Ther eis also the 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


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  • 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 –

  • Shashank Mohan – A space for creative writing publication. Check it out guys!

  • Shashank Mohan – 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 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

    2. Literature Today

  • 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?

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  • Sai Krish

    i have an habit of writing many poems,short stories and even beautiful lines.
    let me show a story written by me
    *a cute love story
    A boy loved a girl who is the topper of his class.
    The girl also loves the boy but never told her feelings to him
    He tried many times to propose her..
    But he was afraid that she may reject him as he was poor in studies.
    He always feel difficult to hold his breath whenever he talks to her..

    One day she entered the class..
    his eyes were completely paying attention towards her..
    she was messing with perfection and looked stunning..
    she has a warm walnut hair colour,pastel white skin and pluffy cheeks.
    her eyes were so attractive with black mascara and seeing her eyes he melt like a cold ice.
    even in her school dress, she looked like a model for angels to him..
    he was completely starring her small blue eyes and keenly observing the movement of the eyelashes which flutter like the wings of the butterfly..
    he could clearly hear the clicking sound of her heels that add rhythm to his heartbeat..
    and finally….

    one day he asked her a doubt in mathematics…
    He asked her to solve a problem of multiplication..
    She said okay,write it on a paper and give it..
    He gave the paper on which the question was written and he started to move back away from her..
    She solved the problem and she felt blushy and looked around to see him…
    He went away from her as he felt that she may slap him after asking that question..
    She went in search of him and finally she succeeded in finding him.
    rushed near him and hugged him and told “action speaks louder than words” but I love to hear those magical words from you..
    And he took a paper and made a paper craft of flower..
    sitting on his knees and lifted his head a little and looking into her blue eyes he gave her the paper flower and told “will you please hold my hand, I want to grow old with you.
    Please be mine forever.

    *The question on the paper was (11√ó13).

    and approximately 82 beautiful lines are written by me

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  • Ian Cobain

    The New Rationalist Magazine ( also publishes short non-fiction and fiction.

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