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The Bombay Review (TBR) is an international 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).
Founded by the then 19 year old Kaartikeya Bajpai, 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.
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You are all doing a really great job!”
Salman Rushdie | New York, 2016