Once you’ve written your short story or poem, what next? Who will publish it? Fret not, there are actually plenty of well-known online publications that welcome submissions by emerging Indian writers, and will showcase your writing on their platforms and to a wide readership.
Here’s a selection of online magazines and journals to help you get started:
1) Spark The Magazine
Conceptualised in November 2009, the first issue of Spark appeared in January 2010. This online literary magazine explores 3 W’s – Word, World and Wisdom. They accept fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art and photography submissions based on the theme of the month.
For more information: http://www.sparkthemagazine.com
2) Out of Print Magazine
First published in 2010, Out of Print magazine is an online platform for short fiction with a connection to the Indian subcontinent. Their list of contributors range from well established writers to those publishing for the first time.
For more information: http://www.outofprintmagazine.co.in
3) Muse India
The Muse India, a literary e-journal published bi-monthly online, aims to showcase Indian writing in English and in English translation. The e-journal publishes a variety of literary work, including essays and book reviews, and welcomes submissions that are India-focused.
For more information: http://www.museindia.com
4) The Bombay Literary Magazine
The magazine largely publishes literary fiction, as well as some poetry and book reviews, and welcomes submissions on subjects not usually encountered in Indian writing. If you’re interested in reviewing a book, please note that it should be fiction, preferably literary fiction.
For more information: http://bombayliterarymagazine.com/
5) eFiction India
eFiction India is an independent magazine devoted to showcase exciting new writing focused on the Indian subcontinent. They publish essays, fiction, poetry, art and criticism and also have a special feature has full-length plays and screenplays, complete with camera/stage directions.
For more information: http://www.efictionindia.in
6) Helter Skelter
This online magazine is dedicated to publishing personal essays, social commentary, human interest pieces, interviews, features, reviews, and photography, mainly focusing on independent and alternative culture in India.
For more information: helterskelter.in
7) The Bangalore Review
The Bangalore Review is a monthly online magazine aimed at promoting literature, arts, culture, criticism and philosophy at a deeper level. With every edition, they seek to strike a balance between the published and unpublished work.
For more information: http://bangalorereview.com
8) Indus Women Writing
Although Indus Women Writing is primarily for emerging and established Indian women writers from across the globe to share their writing, it welcomes stories, articles and poetry submissions from Indian men too. Children above 13 can also submit their work.
For more information: http://www.induswomanwriting.com/
9) The Lookout Journal
A collaborative quaterly arts and culture web-zine, they look for the slightly evocative, more whimsical sort of narratives, specific to the theme, with each issue.
For more information: https://www.thelookoutjournal.com
We hope this list helps take you one step closer to publishing your writing. Feel free to share it with friends who are writers to help spread the word!
Do you know any other publishing sites that aren’t on the list? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll add it above.
Compiled by Nikhil Srinivas
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