Guidelines and Style Guide

Submission Guidelines

  1. Submissions must be sent as Microsoft Word attachments (.doc or .rtf) via email: submissions@thebombayreview.com
  2. Please make the Editor’s job easy: Each fiction/essay submission must be a new email thread, attach only one submission per email, use an appropriate email subject: “Submission: Short Fiction:<piece name>”. For poetry, submit all the poems as attachments in one email. If you wish to send in a Review or an Interview, please send in a pitch first.
  3. Please give the document an appropriate title. Best would be <author> – <piece title>.
  4. Do include a two-three line third person bio of yourself, in the body of the email, along with your country and city of residence and nationality (if different). Please give details about education, publications, and work information, preferably hyperlinked. Words to avoid: wanderlust, passionate, avid, reader, photography, you get the drift.
  5. For short fiction, we encourage stories which are between 1000-4000 words. In case it exceeds the word limit, we might just consider it if it is exceptionally good.
  6. We accept poetry of any length.
  7. Submissions are open all year round. Deadlines differ for themed editions.

22 thoughts on “Guidelines and Style Guide

  1. Have a few questions:-
    Can I get editor’s or magzine email id , for submission?
    Can we send our work round the year irrespective of your monthly theme?
    Is there any fee you charge for enteries?
    If not selected, will we get a review by your team still?

    Will you revert to non select peices with review too?

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    1. Hi!

      Email – thebombayreview@gmail.com
      Submission guidelines and details – http://www.thebombayreview.com/submit
      Submissions are welcome year round.
      There is no submission fee.
      Unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions, we are not able to provide feedback or review to pieces not selected by us. Occasionally we might provide your Workshop to better the piece.
      We try to respond to all mails within 90 days, but sometimes this might not be possible as well. We suggest mailing us again (on the same trail) after 90 days.

      Thank you for your time!

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  2. Hello, are writers notified if their submissions are rejected?
    Thank you.

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    1. Hello, we try to respond to all within 60 days. However, if we haven’t feel free to send us a reminder.

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  3. For the upcoming Special Issue on LGBTQ+, is there any word limit for a submission to the Essay genre or does the same count as for Short Fiction (1000-4000) apply for the essay, too? Thank you.

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  4. While sending our essays, do we have to stick to topics provided in the upcoming issues?

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    1. Hello, no, we are always open to submissions for our regular issues. We do prefer cultural, literary and art related essays.

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  5. How do I submit my work for student writing ?
    Is there a minimum number of poems to be submitted per submission?

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    1. Go ahead directly, and submit to our regular submission ID, along with a 3-4 line bio, mentioning age and school/college. Hope that helps!

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  6. Will we be notified if rejected? If yes then how much time will it take for us to receive the notification?

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