New Writing: Iran (Special edition)

Hello, and welcome to the New Iranian Writing edition; an initiative by The Bombay Review.

This edition is part of our effort to bring international literature and new writing to The Bombay Review readers, who are largely based out of South Asia and the United States. We are currently curating special editions for Iraq, Bulgaria, and the Scandinavian region as well.

For a long time, TBR had been planning an edition to showcase the good writing coming from or about Iran. Our initial project was scheduled for a winter 2020 release, but we were delayed because of the pandemic. We had also partnered with two organizations from Tehran for this interesting project. Under Dr. Nilofar’s guidance and leadership, we hope to bring the special issue out very soon! More about her below.

Curator & Co-Editor – Dr. Nilofar Shidmehr

Nilofar, Ph.D., MFA, is the author of two collections of short fiction and four books of poetry in English and Farsi. She also co-translated with Ali Azarang Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye into Farsi. Dr. Shidmehr teaches in the Liberal Arts Program and Adults 55+ program at Simon Fraser University. She was born and raised in Iran and currently lives in Canada.

What are we looking for?

Short fiction, essays, poetry and art. Our general submission guidelines can be found here

Update 30th November, 2020 – We have now finalized the writing for the special edition, and have begun work approaching artists, illustrators, and painters for the issue. If you have reached here via our social media messages, thank you for taking the time out! We hope you contribute to us. 

For artists: Here is what you can do. You can email us with your artwork, pitches, and queries at, with the subject line – ‘Iranian Edition – Art’. Please attach high resolution images of pieces you want us to review and consider for this edition, along with a professional bio of upto 150 words. You can link your portfolio, art shop, social media pages within the bio text. Please also send a high resolution square picture of yourself along with the email. 

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At present, we are only looking for writing and art solicited by Dr. Nilofar or us directly.