call for submissions Anthology of short fiction race, identity, gender (1)

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Send in your entries for regular submissions as per the email ID and guidelines given below. Please only submit short fiction for the anthology.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Submissions must be sent as Microsoft Word attachments (.doc or .rtf) via
  2. Please make the editor’s job easy: Each fiction submission must be a new email thread, attach only one submission per email, use an appropriate email subject: “Submission: Short Fiction:<piece name>”. For poetry, submit all the poems as attachments in one email.
  3. Please give the document an appropriate title. Best would be <author> – <piece title>.
  4. Do include a two-three line third person bio of yourself, in the body of the email, along with your country and city of residence and nationality (if different).
  5. For short fiction, we encourage stories which are between 1000-4000 words. In case it exceeds the word limit, we might just consider it if it is exceptionally good.
  6. We accept poetry of any length.
  7. Submissions are open all year round.

Style Guide

  1. Set the Language setting to U.K. English in your word processor.
  2. Ensure your submission is checked for spelling errors, grammar, punctuation, and consistency before submission to save time.
  3. Please include a legend that explains non-English words.
  4. Use Times New Roman, double line spacing for the text.
  5. Include your name under the title of the piece.

Copyright reverts to author/photographer three months after publication. We reserve the right to reprint the work for a print-based anthology at a later date.

In case you submit a piece accepted by us elsewhere after these three months, you are required to mention that it was first published in The Bombay Review. You are also required to inform us of your piece’s acceptance elsewhere within 60 days from your submission if you wish to withdraw, after which time frame, we reserve the right to go ahead and publish the same. Once published and/or notified of acceptance in The Bombay Review, the author/poet cannot withdraw their submission. This can be discussed with the Editor on a case to case basis.

By submitting a piece to us, authors accept that the submitted material is their original work and no portion of it has been reproduced from any other source or work without the consent of the original author and submitted only after prior approval from the editor of The Bombay Review. Please note that we do not make plot or character changes, and believe that the writer submits his or her best work.

We do not consider previously published pieces. Due to our voluntary working model, and a zero income structure, we are unable to pay writers at this moment.

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      1. Normally, what is the time you take to send out an acceptance mail? If I haven’t heard back from you even after 90 days of submission, do I assume that my work has been rejected? Thanks.

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  1. I am writing from Kolkata. I would like to know if your Magzine accepts English translations of poetry from the regional languages, say Bangla


      1. Hello. Sir,
        Actually my question is if any unpublished work is rejected by you, then will you let the author know about the rejection or why his article got rejected?


    1. Dear Sanjaya, due to the volume of submissions we receive, we are not able to respond to all the submissions. If it has been more than 3 months, and you have not heard from us, please consider your submission to be rejected for this cycle.


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