Masterclass (6.2.5) Literary Magazine Submissions

How to submit your writing to literary magazines: By The Bombay Review (Repeat session)

Some reviews of this Masterclass (Session date: 5th September, 2021)

The Bombay Review has been publishing some great writers and poets since 2014, and conducts an annual masterclass about ‘Literary Magazine submissions’ based on our experience in the industry. 

This session will discuss:

  • Cover letters (Email body)
  • Do’s and Don’ts of submissions
  • Resources to keep an eye on
  • Tailoring each submission
  • Finding markets, magazines, and more
  • About submissions fees and payments
  • Guidelines, magazine familiarity and editorial vision
  • Rejections
  • Simultaneous submissions, previously published pieces, reprints
  • Presentation and design
  • Studying sample magazines
  • NOTE: It will not discuss the content of your piece itself

People involved with and published by The Bombay Review have had really interesting writing and academic careers! Here is what they have been up to, and why we believe this Masterclass can be helpful to you:

Published in:

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Won or been shortlisted for: Pulitzer Award, the International Booker Prize, Pen/Open Book Award, Man Asian Literary Prize, Pen/Hemingway Award, Toto Award, National Book Award, Betty Trask Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize, among others.

Published by: Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette, Macmillan Publishers, Simon & Schuster, , Sahitya Academy, Rupa Publishing House, Aleph Book Review, Katha, Faber and Faber, W. W. Norton and Company, Zubaan, Sahitya Academy, Picador.

Teach or have studied in: University of Oxford, Harvard University, Cambridge University, Stanford University, Durham University, New York University, University of Toronto, Texas State University, University of Victoria, Kingston University, University of Mumbai, University of Cape Town, Louisiana Tech University, University of Melbourne, Arizona State University, The New School, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, University of Bath, Allen University, Rutgers University, University of East Anglia, University of Delhi, Emory University, The University of Edinburgh, Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Iowa, Brooklyn College, Queensland University, among many, many more!



Registrations will close when spots are filled. First priority will be given to participants who were waitlisted for the earlier session.

Date of session: 11th September, 2021
Time: 7 pm IST to 9 pm IST
Duration: 2 hours (The last session had extended due to other factors, and the primary segment of this one will be tightly packed into the duration itself) Please check the meeting link AND your email 30 minutes prior to the session.

Cost | Refund

INR 500
Payment Deadline: Midnight of 9th September, 2021 (12 am IST)
This fee is non refundable for no-show, or any other reasons other than cancellation from The Bombay Review itself. Unfortunately, a video will not be shared post session.

There is a group discount if 4 people apply together. Please email us with your name plus the names of the people in your group, along with phone numbers. (

Mode + Details

Via Zoom
Please note: The meeting will be locked once it begins – and late joinees will not be able to attend or claim a refund. Your payment + sign up should be done from your Zoom ID only, and not any other email ID. The link will be sent to the ID that you put in on Instamojo/Payment portal, and which has a Zoom account.  Your cameras will have to be switched on, you can prefer to be on mute.

1. 15 minutes after the session starts, the meeting will be locked and you will not be able to enter.
2. In the above case, there will not be a refund, and unfortunately, nor will it be possible to share a recording with you due to policy constraints.
3. Please make sure you don’t ‘leave’ the meeting by mistake before time, since a re-entry might take a lot of time.
4. You can only join the meeting from the email ID used to make the payment, or, the one where you receive this email.
5. For questions, you can send them via the chat box of Zoom (right side). We will be curating from there (*might be delayed)
6. Please ensure a stable internet connection.
7. While the link is locked and encrypted, sharing confidential details with others (+ accounts that belong to you) will be considered a breach of Zoom/Masterclass policies, and forwarded to the legal department. 
8. Please login to the Zoom portal fifteen minutes before the session starts, ie, 7 pm IST.
9. Your cameras will have to be switched on, you can prefer to be on mute.

NOTE: Payment confirmation will be sent by the Payment portal itself: Instamojo/Stripe.
If you receive an email from them (Check other/updates folder as well), your participation is confirmed and details will be sent to you directly. Please don’t email/DM us (The Bombay Review), notifying about the payment or seeking confirmation. If the payment went through, your participation is confirmed.

The link will be shared with you 6-12 hours before session time only. A query prior to that might not be answered due to unavailibility of resource persons (ref: pandemic). Please do not email us or DM us asking for the link.


*This is a learning space and unwarranted communication during session might result in expulsion from the session; apart from seeing comments being moderated.

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