Awards, Grants and Paid Opportunities

Annual Creative Writing Awards: Fiction
The CPB Young Writing Fellowship ’21
20 Under 30 Anthology of Short Fiction
LGBTQ+ Editions – paid call
Student Writing Award 2021
Grants for new Literary Ventures
Freelance Assignments / Internships

The biggest cash awards from a literary magazine in Asia!

The CPB Young Writing Fellowship (DEADLINE – 30th April)
Call for Applications (2021)

The Bombay Review is now inviting applications for the The CPB Young Writing Fellowship.

This fellowship offers qualified young individuals time to develop as writers by receiving a modest stipend, healthy work space for writing, and mentorship from qualified writers. Fellows will receive INR 20,000 over the course of 2 months, and do not have to be physically present in either New York or Mumbai.

In light of the pandemic situation, the fellowship has moved completely online.

Last date for entries: 30th April, 2021 unless specified otherwise.

20 Under 30 – Writers from South Asia (print, 2022)

The Bombay Review anthology

The hunt for writers for the first ever Under 30 print fiction anthology from South Asia is now underway!

(Our previous anthology while themed similarly did not have an age restriction.)

  • No Entry Fee
  • All selected writers paid
  • Free contributor copies
  • Submissions open soon

Open to writers between the ages of 18 and 30, from (or of origin) India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Maldives.

This anthology has been planned seeing the absolutely overwhelming response to The Bombay Review’s creative writing courses and workshops, the CPB Young Writing Fellowship, the annual creative writing awards, the LGBTQ+ and Dalit writing editions. 

With this, we plan to initiate the biggest hunt for writers who are most likely to set the literary landscape on fire in the next few decades.

Submissions Open!

– Short Fiction

Call for Applications

The Bombay Review is now inviting applications for the The Annual Awards for Creative Writing, an international literary prize for both emerging and established writers. The winner(s) will be judged by an eminent panel and will receive a cash prize of $350 with total cash prizes up to $1,000. Other opportunities include funded initiatives for Dalit writing, LGBTQ+ Vol 2, 3 and mini grants for upcoming creative writing ventures.

Last date for entries: 31st December, 2020 unless specified otherwise.

Hurry! 1st longlist is ready now. APPLICATIONS CLOSED.
Both Longlists out now.

New Dalit Writing
Call for Submissions

Fiction (Min 2,500 words),
Essays (Min 2,000 words),
Poetry (Min 3) and
Reviews (Open)

Payment – $10 – $15, per contributor

Looking to publish up to 20 writers
Submissions open: 15th September, 2020
Deadline: 15th December, 2020

Email Subject: Submission: Dalit Writing: Your Name
Regular Submission Guidelines: Click Here

No submission fees.
Edition Postponed.

Call for Applications

The Bombay Review is now inviting applications for Grants from young magazines, community projects, awareness initiatives, social media pages, and so on.

If you are a new venture or initiative, we would be happy to provide you resources, funding, and guidance. It is not easy to sustain art and creative writing ventures, and considerably more so in South Asia. India, our first home, has no dearth of inspiring ideas, full of hope and promise. This is a small effort to bring these ideas to fruition.

Do you believe you have created something of value? Is your venture empowering marginalized voices? Apply!

Last date for entries: Open and running

JOBS + Freelance

Please check jobs page for more information.

Currently also looking for freelancers – assignment based.

Pay per day: upto $15 in India, $100 in USA.

Looking for experienced video + photo editors, social media managers, artists and content writers, community resource persons.

Write to us at, with CV, cover letter, links to published work, social media, and details about education/work.

LGBTQ + Vol 3, Vol 4
Call for Submissions (2021)

Inviting submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, photo-essays, art, and more.

Solicited entries will be paid $30 to $50, shortlisted entries will be offered a slot of the Advanced Creative Writing workshops, and regular contributors receive an opportunity to read from their work at our partner platforms in one or more cities.

Currently, we are only able to conduct readings in New York, New Delhi, Mumbai and Toronto; subject to the pandemic situation and slot availability.

Last date for entries: Open (Currently reading for February)

Read Issue 35; LGBTQ+ Vol I (Issue 35) here.

Student Writing Award (2021)

Inviting submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, photo-essays, art, and more.

All entries published in our Student Writing section (Below 21) is directly considered for the Award.

Prize – USD 100 / INR 7,500
Last date for entries: More details soon


Regular submissions are open year round, however special editions have deadlines. Check the submission page for more details. Solicited entries paid, longlisted entries offered workshops.


General requirements

  • You should be at least 18 years of age at the time of submission (except for student award)
  • A copy of your government issued photo ID is compulsory
  • A professional bio of yourself (max 150 words) including work experience, publications, education, certifications, if any (with relevant links)

Terms and conditions

  • Each entrant retains the copyright in their entry. However each entrant grants to The Bombay Review, a perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free licence to publish, broadcast, communicate and make available the entry in all media and in all formats throughout the world, including but not limited to:
    (i) publishing the entry in any Anthology,
    (ii) publishing the entry on the Website, and
    (iii) publishing the entry elsewhere online and on any other platforms (whether now known or yet to be envisaged). This licence will be deemed to include all the necessary rights and permissions to enable such use by The Bombay Review, to fulfill the prizes and to complete the administration of the Award.
  • Each entrant agrees that the magazine may at its sole discretion edit, adapt, abridge or modify the entry for the purpose listed in clause (a) above.
  • Each entrant,  warrants that the entry is original and that nothing in the entry will infringe the copyright or any other intellectual property right of any third party or defame any third party. Content found to be plagiarized will face strict action from the jury.
  • The entry fee is non refundable.
  • The decision of the The Bombay Review will be final and cannot be contested.
  • By submitting your application you agree to let us use your bio, submitted writing, name and likeness on our platform and social media for promotional purposes.
  • Please keep a copy of your submission with you. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

The Bombay Review is proud to champion new writing talent and supports its writing alumni beyond the Prize, offering print and digital publicity and continued exposure across our channels.