Updated on July 31, 2019

We are suspending the Poetry submissions form for now. We have received an overwhelming number of poetry submissions in the past few weeks and would like to give a fair amount of time and attention to our reading queue. If you would like to be informed, you may sign up for our newsletter (on our website) and we shall let you know when the Poetry submission form is open again. All other forms for submissions will remain open.

The world of literature holds no boundaries and we at The Bangalore Review are committed to publishing exemplary writing from all over. We publish literary fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews, criticism, poetry and art. If you happen to be in love with life and think that your words can generate a vision, send us a shout – we’ll probably like your work.

The Bangalore Review accepts submissions on a rolling basis. We do not consider work that has appeared elsewhere (including Web sites and personal blogs), or translations that have already been published in English. Simultaneous submissions are welcome but do notify us as soon as your work is accepted elsewhere. Our response time varies from two to three months. If you do not hear from us in three months please feel free to submit elsewhere.

And because we don’t take rejections seriously, we hope that you won’t too. What matters though is sending in your best and most refreshing work, well edited and we’ll get talking. Include a brief biography (no more than 150 words) and a covering note with your submission. Before submitting, we strongly recommend that you read up recent issues to acquaint yourself with the kind of material that has been published previously.

We charge a nominal submission fee of $3 per submission. Submission fees are non-refundable. This fee will help cover submission processing fees, hosting fees and ongoing operational costs. This fee will also help us remunerate contributors for their efforts. 

Copyright for articles, artwork & photographs published in this magazine shall rest with the authors, with first publication rights to The Bangalore Review. As the magazine follows an open access policy, articles or extracts from articles may be used by others, with proper attribution, for academic and non-commercial use. We reserve the right to publish the work in print in case we go for a print edition at a later time.

Authors are required to take, on their own, relevant approvals for any copyright material they may use in their work submitted to The Bangalore Review. The magazine will not be responsible in any way for copyright infringements.

A Note to Contributors

We appreciate your effort in building The Bangalore Review. No amount of money can ever truly compensate this effort or be a reward of significance. We, at The Bangalore Review, have always wanted to repay the kindness bestowed upon us by our contributors who have sent us their works from all over the world. 

Our circumstances have changed in recent times, and we have decided to remunerate contributors for chosen works, upon their publication in the magazine. If your work has recently been selected to appear in an upcoming issue of The Bangalore Review, you will hear from us soon. The amount of remuneration is in no way a measure of worth of your work and is just a token of appreciation, a nudge to keep you going. We hope it is a step in the right direction, and that it will increase with time.

We look forward to reading your works. 

We’re looking for fresh, intelligent stories, presented well and lucid even to the undiscerning eye. We welcome writers both new and published as long as the story holds our interest.  Ask yourself if the story you have is worthy of serious attention in a serious magazine. If your story is well written and can paint a picture in words, we are listening.
We publish translations of both well known and new writers. However, obtaining translation rights shall be the duty of the translator. The Bangalore Review is in no way responsible for acquiring such rights. A chapter or excerpt from a novel is welcome only if it is a complete read in itself – even in a marginal way of speaking, or can be read as a short story.
We read all submissions within ninety days, and will contact you if we’re interested in publishing your material. If you have not heard from us within ninety days, you may assume that we may not be able to publish your manuscript.
If your work is under 1000 words, you may submit it under the Flash Fiction category. The average short fiction submission in The Bangalore Review is 2000 words long. We accept short fiction submissions up to a maximum of 6000 words.
We charge a nominal submission fee of $3 per submission. Submission fees are non-refundable. This fee will help cover submission processing fees, hosting fees and ongoing operational costs. This fee will also help us remunerate contributors for their efforts. 

We’re looking for fresh works of flash fiction, that says much in a few words. We welcome writers both new and published as long as the story is holds us in wonder and grips us.
We read all submissions within ninety days, and will contact you if we’re interested in publishing your material. If you have not heard from us within ninety days, you may assume that we may not be able to publish your manuscript.
Flash fiction is by definition under 1000 words, and mostly under 800 words. Some of the best flash fiction we have read are even under 500 words. For the purpose of this magazine, we consider anything under 1000 words as flash fiction.
We charge a nominal submission fee of $3 per submission. Submission fees are non-refundable. This fee will help cover submission processing fees, hosting fees and ongoing operational costs. This fee will also help us remunerate contributors for their efforts. 

The Bangalore Review seeks submissions of well informed and well articulated essays from a broad range of non-fictional topics including literature, arts, culture, philosophy, design, etc. that attempt to illuminate the subject against a broad perspective in an engaging manner. We are generally not inclined to publishing academic essays/articles.
The ideal essay for The Bangalore Review would be well-thought, well-researched, provocative and personalized, covering a wide spectrum of human interest issues that can engage with and arouse curiosity in both the intelligent general reader and the specialist.
We read all submissions within ninety days, and will contact you if we’re interested in publishing your material. If you have not heard from us within ninety days, you may assume that we may not be able to publish your manuscript.
We are not very particular on word limits. As a guideline, you may consider that the shortest accepted non-fiction work was around 800 words, the longest one was over 5,000 words and the average non-fiction submission we publish is around 1400 words. Exceptional pieces of longer length have also been considered and published as a series running over several months.
We charge a nominal submission fee of $3 per submission. Submission fees are non-refundable. This fee will help cover submission processing fees, hosting fees and ongoing operational costs. This fee will also help us remunerate contributors for their efforts. 

We are introducing a new section on Nature & Environment in The Bangalore Review. For this section, we seek submissions of poetry, fiction and essays (opinion pieces, book reviews, criticism, etc.) written around the subject of nature & environment. 

The focus is broad and could include works on climate change, global warming, marine pollution, species extinctions, environmental hazards and so on. We would also love to read works written on issues that are ignored by mainstream media, or raises questions that haven't been asked as often as should have been. We are generally not inclined to publishing academic essays/articles.

Word limits:

  • Essays: 800 - 4000 words
  • Fiction: 4000 words
  • Poetry: Up to 4 poems per submission, no limit on lines

We will be publishing only one piece at the most in each issue, starting from September 2019. For each work published in the Nature & Environment section of The Bangalore Review, an unnamed sponsor will pay US$ 100 to the author of the selected work.

Note: We charge a nominal submission fee of $3 per submission. Submission fees are non-refundable. This fee will help cover submission processing fees, hosting fees and ongoing operational costs. 

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