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THE BOMBAY REVIEW UKRAINIAN EDITION

Help us bring Ukranian literature to you; coupled with the incredible generosity showed by the Polish community; and the Indian diasporic community in Poland

a kid protesting against the war in ukraine

What we are lookin
for:

Fiction

Poetry

Art

Memoirs

Creative Non Fiction

Photographs

Portraits

 

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More information: Looking to publish a special Ukraine-Poland edition of the magazine, and meet/talk with:

  1. Writers
  2. Poets
  3. Photographers
  4. Artists
  5. Graphic designers, from the region

The Bombay Review publishes special editions regularly, in a long-term project involving bringing world writing and art to our audiences in South Asia and North America. (Statistics added towards the end) Recent and upcoming themed editions: Iran (2 editions released), Lebanon (upcoming), Canada, Pakistan, Israel (1 edition each).

The magazine has received praise from Booker and Pulitzer Prize winners to New York Times editors, has done live offline events in 20+ countries, published writers from 80+ countries, and is in partnership with almost all the leading publishers in the world.

Upon reaching Warsaw:

  1. Meet with representatives from the Ministry of Culture, and the ‘The Polish Book Institute’ and work closely with them on their recommendations of writers and artists that would be interested in publishing with us.
  2. Finalise up to 30 such individuals and begin curating work for the special edition.
  3. The editor(s) will work on a travel story for a Creative Non-Fiction essay, talking about the country, the city, the stories of people, their history, the culture, the food and so on.
  4. Document via a professional camera for the piece mentioned above (Point 3), or for a separate photo story.
  5. Visiting tourist attractions, libraries, and the Old Town for interviews/stories.
  6. Once we have all the work confirmed for publication, we will head back to India and begin production of the special edition. Our team of editors, illustrators, cover designers, will work over it for the next 60 days and subsequently release the issue, with appropriate social media announcements.
  7. Collaboration badge/mention/credits will be given to all institutes who work with us as well as the Government Poland, and the Ministry of Culture.

Some statistics: about The Bombay Review’s engagement/readership.

  1. Monthly hits on the website/magazine per quarter: 100K to 120K
  2. Social Media: Instagram Followers: 11K
  3. Social Media: Instagram accounts reached/quarter: 1 Million
  4. Social Media: Facebook Followers: 17.5K
  5. Magazine Subscribers: 18.7K

Why are the Statistics important? TBR is a literary magazine that has no seed funding or commercial angle, and publishes for a niche audience that comes to the website for fiction, poetry and art only. The magazine doesn’t earn any revenue, is completely run by volunteers who have a single agenda: literature. That is a reason why we are not considered under media. We are a literary magazine.

Specific things that we are particularly interest in:

  1. The fact that Poland had suffered some of the worst atrocities of World Wars, and is now the biggest beacon of hope in an unjust war.
  2. We want to see and meet and write about the Polish people, the citizens, who are all going out of their way to support the Ukranians, suffering monetary losses themselves, but playing whatever role they can.
  3. Publishing you, what you are doing, in a literary magazine, and not a media news outlet/newspaper/news channel. This is a humanitarian effort: of fiction, and poetry, and art, and music.

Ukraine Edition | Poland Edition (Standalone)

Depending on the number of submissions we receive and curate, we can either publish a Poland edition alone, or club it with the Ukraine edition. (We are yet to finalize this, and it depends upon the responses from the Polish Government) Please note the production of any issue of the magazine takes 90-120 days.

What do the writers/artists gain from this project?

With a readership of those numbers, our audiences will love to see a special edition from and about a country, they unfortunately know little of and is CURRENTLY AT WAR We like to believe some of the greatest literature and art around the world is in Eastern Europe, and due to the cultural influence of Western Europe and the US, it doesn’t reach the world. Another barrier is translation, and a general lack of idea about certain countries. For example, our Iranian editions and the Israel edition brought tens of thousands of readers to those countries’ writers, and they were surprised to see the good work coming out from each other’s countries when they are at an all-time state of unofficial war.

Furthermore, the biggest publishers in the world (Penguin, Harper Collins, Scholastic) often publish writers’ first books after they have been published with us. We hope to bring this kind of exposure to writers from both countries to the Indian Subcontinent and to the US, and bring them to our 1 Million strong audience.

SOME PREVIOUS SPECIAL EDITIONS:

ISRAELI EDITION
IRANIAN EDITION II
IRANIAN EDITION I