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Thank you for your interest in contributing to The Bombay Literary Magazine (TBLM).

We received more than 800 submissions for Issue 53. We thank all our writers for their enthusiasm and support. We are now closed for submissions.

Our forthcoming issue (No. 53): December 15, 2022.

Reading period for Issue 54: December 15, 2022 — Jan 30, 2023.
Notifications regarding submissions: after March 15, 2023.

We publish three times a year: April, August and December, respectively. We publish fiction, poetry and graphic fiction. We also publish essays, translations, reviews and interviews, but currently we do so on a commissioned basis.

Payment: We pay an honorarium of Rs. 5,000 (approx. $65) per contribution.

IP Rights: As writers, we are all-too-aware of how usurious publishing contracts can be. So we worked with Dr. Kalyan Kankanala, chief attorney at Banana IP, India’s leading intellectual-property law firm, to devise generous and equitable terms for the author. We only ask for the minimum set of digital rights that will let us legally display your work online, exclusively for a period of one year, but non-exclusively thereafter. You retain all other rights.

Submission Guidelines
  • All submissions must be previously unpublished.
  • Make sure to include your name and email address in the document itself.
  • Cover letters are optional, and we always read the other material first. But we do like to learn a little bit about our authors.
  • For fiction submissions, submit ONE short story between 2,000-7,000 words. Regrettably, we do not publish flash fiction, novellas or or novels.
  • For poetry submissions, please submit FIVE poems, all in one document. We usually select three to four poems per contributor. Please do not send us fewer than five poems— we wish to understand your range and style through a substantial sample. We are publishing a poet, not a poem.
  • NOTE: Graphic fiction submissions are a special case. Since they are time-intensive, we invite proposals, rather than full-fledged works (these these are welcome as well). Drop us a line at: help@bombaylitmag.com.
  • You may send your work to other outlets (i.e. we are fine with simultaneous submissions). However, please inform us if your work has been selected elsewhere. We remember such acts of courtesy.
  • Send us just one submission. If you send us multiple submissions (that is, more than one story or one set of five poems) we will only consider your last submission.
FAQ’s

We do publish in these genres, but at the moment we are only considering commissioned essays, translations and/or reviews.

Regrettably, no. TBLM is an English-language based literary magazine.

Sorry, we don’t accept submissions in multiple categories. If you do, we will send you a nice email asking you to pick one submission. But it adds to our administrative burden, so please help us out here.

No, we don’t. However, TBLM does publish genre fiction. We’re mindful of Babasaheb Ambedkar’s observation that a division of labor quickly becomes a division of laborers. We see genre as a useful division of literary works, not authors.

We follow a ternary publication schedule. We accept submissions during December-January, April-May, and August-September. Our new issues are made available in April, August and December, usually by the fifteenth.

If you’ve published with us earlier (hello, friend!), please wait for a year before sending us something in the same genre.

We rarely get asked this, so strictly speaking this isn’t a FAQ. Just ping us at help@bombaylitmag.com and let us know of the withdrawal. If the reading period is open, feel free to submit something else.

No worries. For this and other existential queries, just ping us at help@bombaylitmag.com. We usually respond within a day.

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