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The Bombay Review

About Us

What we publish:

Art / Photography
Essays / CNF
and more.

Learn from us:

Writing Courses
Participate in Workshops
Mentorship Initiatives
Peer Review
and more.

Funding from us:

Creative Writing Awards
Contests & Opportunities
Grants for New Magazines
Writing Fellowship
and more.

Our Aesthetic

Star Wars, pink, blue and black, cheesecake, Salman Rushdie, plants, dogs – doggie – furbeings, Love, Flight mode, Mario, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Encyclopedia Brittanica, Pixar, J R R Tolkien, Bombay, The Sex Pistol’s Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, I Love Lucy, Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, Marvel Universe, I love you 3000, Call of Duty, Luke Skywalker, Pink Floyd, Bret Lee, Vikram Chandra, Suketu Mehta, Jeet Thayil, B R Ambedkar, Rachel Karen Green, Cricket.

Maa, Ae dil hai mushkil jeena yahan, Water, Planet Earth by Sir David Attenborough, Jhumpa Lahiri/Mira Nair’s Ganguly family, Arundhati Roy, Ruskin Bond for 007, Indie Bookstores, Libraries and Librarians, Lahore, Radhika Apte, The New Yorker, English Literature teachers and professors, Atwood, People of Iran, India-Pakistan ke pyaare log, Craft Beer, New York dollar slices, Istanbul, Kaifi Azmi, Mirza Ghalib, Schindler’s List, everything Floral, Sea, and Manto.


“Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences.” – Sylvia Plath

UPDATE 2022: The Bombay Review is heading to Ukraine in May for a special edition, and will effictively remain shut. All previous commitments will be honored once the team is back from the trip.

The Bombay Review (TBR) is an international English literary magazine publishing short fiction, essays, art and poetry, with annual print anthologies. Established in 2014, TBR is based out of New York City in US, and Bombay in India.

Apart from publishing, The Bombay Review also conducts free literary events across cities in India and more than 20+ countries. Creative Writing courses and workshops offered by the magazine are very popular and are booked almost 45 days in advance as of April, 2021.

Beginnings: The first print anthology was released in July, 2015 by Manjiri Prabhu, Director of Pune International Literary Festival, and the team also conducted a reading at PILF 2015, while the second anthology, ‘The International Anthology of Fiction and Poetry: Featuring Writers & Poets from 31 Countries’  was launched in August 2016 at Oxford Bookstore, Mumbai. The third print anthology was themed on South Asia and had its launch in Amsterdam (Available on demand only).

Note: The Bombay Review is not a registered company, the entire team is voluntary and does this for fee, except for in cases of instructors charging their own fee. The magazine is a non-profit modelled, donation based enterprise. There is no official heirarchy and most team members keep rotating or join (voluntarily)  as and when they get the time.

in numbers

Readers (Global)

500,000 +

Followers, Subscibers

42,000 + 

Writers (published)

500 +

Countries (readership)

180 +

Countries (Events/Projects)

20 +

featured in

Panelists - speakers

partners - collaborators

Founded by the then 19 year old Kartik, who serves as Director and Editor, the magazine is run by a young team of passionate individuals who work on a voluntarily basis. Editors have given four TEDx Talks, at IIITA Allahabad, SRM Chennai, DPS Bangalore and MahindraÉcoleCentrale Hyderabad. They are also panelists and lecturers across various literary festivals and universities in India like Jaipur Literary Festival, Hyderbad Literary Festival, Siyahi Literary Festival, Kolkata Literary Festival, among others. Over the years the work has brought the magazine more than $30,000 in awards, grants, and scholarship. Mr. Bajpai sponsors the different scholarships and funded opportunities at the magazine.

They have in the past done projects in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Nigeria, Somalia with upcoming tours to Bulgaria. A recent two-issue edition of New Iranian Writing, released in 2021 was called a phenomenal initiative by media outlets in Iran. Other media coverage has been seen in Hindustan Times, Times of India, DNA, Mid-Day, Dainik Bhaskar, The Golden Sparrow, Sakaal Times, among others.

Scholarships, funding, payments, awards, grants are offered by The Bombay Review via various initiatives. In 2020-21, the magazine is funding New Dalit Writing, LGBTQ+ Writing, 6 Scholarships, 1 Creative Writing Award, a fully funded anthology, and upto 3 grants for younger literary initiatives.

May - 2021


iran vol II april - 2021


Iran Vol I March - 2021


february - 2021


January - 2021


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“Of course I know all about The Bombay Review.
You are all doing a really great job!”

Salman Rushdie | New York, 2016

NOTICE: The Bombay Review (TBR) is a privately owned, operated and funded voluntary magazine. In memory of Mrs. C P Bajpai (1969-2021).

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