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) The Four Quarters Magazine
Founded in 2011, this literary journal aims to promote creative writing in the fields of art and literature, and as their website states, “bridge the gap between the emerging and the established, and simply celebrate what needs to be read and seen and heard.” As a non-profit public venture, there is no remuneration for submissions. When preparing your submissions, keep in mind that the magazine’s digital issues are published every three months.
Genre: Poetry, Prose fiction, Fiction, Experimental, Artwork + Photography
For more information: http://tfqm.org/index.html
2) Indian Literature
Sahitya Akademi ‘s bimonthly journal is one of the oldest magazines in India, and features prose, poetry and drama in more than 23 regional languages, translated into English, as well as pieces in English by established and emerging writers.
Genre: Poetry, Short Stories, Critical Articles, Translations
For more information: http://sahitya-akademi.gov.in/sahitya-akademi/index.jsp
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.
Genre: Poetry, Fiction
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.
Genre: Literary fiction
For more information: http://bombayliterarymagazine.com/
5) The Scribbled Stories
This web publishing portal is India’s largest storytelling platform. Everyday it publishes microtales written by emerging writers from around the country. “The Scribbled Stories is all about everyday emotions, with literature at its core. We don’t make stories, we make relatable stories,” content curator Mohit Kumar explains in an interview with The Deccan Herald.
For more information: http://thescribbledstories.com/
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
Wattpad is a Toronto-based storytelling site where writers share articles, stories, fan fiction, and poems, and the entire community ‘likes’ stories and comments on them as well. Wattpad also helps writers to promote their stories through other social media websites.
Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction
For more information: https://www.wattpad.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/
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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