Five magazines to submit fiction (and/or non-fiction) in India

The publishing industry in India is perhaps not so well-documented online as it is outside. Today, I bring you a list of five magazines (four online and one print) to submit your writings to. If you know any other Indian magazines that accept fiction, please let me know. I will update the list from time to time.

eFiction India:

eFiction India is a professionally produced independent magazine devoted to showcasing the work of writers with a connection to the Indian subcontinent. It features the best writing talent from around the world. Although the magazine content is focused on the Indian subcontinent, it is not India-specific. It is an online magazine, and is available for sale through Amazon and the magazine website. It publishes  fiction, poetry, interviews etc.

Stories are voted on by a peer committee of volunteer writers and readers, and after that the editors make the final selection.

If your work is selected by eFiction, they reserve one-month exclusivity rights for the piece, meaning that within this period that work should not appear anywhere else.

The submissions are generally made via Submittable where you can check the status of your submission at all times. Previously published writings are not accepted.

Check out the submission guidelines here.

Out of Print Magazine:

Out of Print is a free, monthly online magazine. Indira Chandrasekhar is the founding editor of the magazine. They publish only fiction.

Out of Print seeks original writing in English or translated into English that is strong, well-crafted and reflects the pace and transition of our times. Though, they give special continent to writing having connection to the Indian subcontinent, they are open to submissions from around the world. (Courtesy: Out of Print website)

Previously published work is not accepted. Simultaneous submissions, however, are accepted.

Check out the submission guidelines here.

The Little Magazine:

TLM is South Asia’s only professionally produced independent print magazine devoted to essays, fiction, poetry, art and criticism. It is also the only publication to offer full-length novellas and film and drama scripts, complete with camera and stage directions. The magazine was conceived as a dialogue — a platform which would carry important work in the world languages along with the best of contemporary writing in the South Asian languages. It is not India-specific and addresses a community which is more easily defined in terms of mindspace rather than in purely geographical terms. (Courtesy: TLM website)

Previously published writings are not accepted. Simultaneous submissions are allowed.

They accept writings up to 25,000 words.

Check out the submission guidelines here.

Muse India:

Started and run by a group of writers, Muse India is a literary e-journal with the primary objective of showcasing Indian writings in English and in English translation to a broad-based global readership. The journal publishes both creative and critical writing and offers a wide range of literary forms—poetry, short fiction, essays, conversations with writers, book reviews and the like. Bearing in mind the general readership on the internet, it will, however, avoid highly academic articles. Besides presenting the work of more established authors, Muse India will also promote talented new and young writers. Muse India is a peer reviewed journal for literary articles. (Courtesy: Muse India website)

It is a bi-monthy online publication. You must be a member of Muse India in order to submit writings there. Membership is easy and free. Click here to become a member.

Simultaneous submission is accepted. Only previously unpublished work is accepted.

Check out the submission guidelines here.

Indian Ruminations:

Indianruminations is a monthly online literary journal specially dedicated for Indian English literature. It is published in the second week of every month. Each issue features a collection of beautifully crafted poems, essays, interviews, reviews, short fiction, literary criticism, art etc. (Courtesy: Magazine website)

Only previously unpublished writings are published. Both online and regular mail submission are accepted.

Check out the submission guidelines here.

44 thoughts on “Five magazines to submit fiction (and/or non-fiction) in India

    1. Arpita Post author

      Thank you Johanna. I had been searching a lot to find places to submit stories in my country. Didn’t find any well documented list. That was the idea behind this post. Thank you so much for your appreciation! 🙂

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      1. Mahima Pandey

        Hi Arpita,
        Thank you for this post. I was just reading the “About you” section on this page when I came across a very blithe line but unfortunately with a typo. Thought I would bring it to your notice: “So if you see here, tell her to go write. She’ll love you for doing that!”

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  1. Shahrukh Jamal

    Hey, liked this post. So these websites do publish your story? I had come across one or two of them but felt reluctant to send anything. I know one or two pay you as well.
    Would like to check each one of them.

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    1. Arpita Post author

      Yes. They do publish our stories. I had one of mine published in eFiction, and another lady also had hers published in eFiction India after she found the link through this post.

      Don’t be reluctant. Give it a shot! Even if it is not selected, there is nothing to lose, is there? Look forward to hearing from you post-publication. Good luck! 🙂

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  2. shahrukhjamal

    Two of them talk about payment and they say they are not paying at the moment but are looking for sponsors to do so.
    Well, I’ll think of a story and would surely tell you. Thanks for this post though 🙂

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    1. Arpita Post author

      I don’t think so – I checked their website just now and did not see anything of that sort. I’m sure if they paid authors they’d have highlighted it.

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    1. Arpita Post author

      Hi Rajeev!
      I’m sorry, but I do not write in Hindi, so I do not have information on this. But have you tried searching for any such websites online?

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    1. Arpita Post author

      At the moment of publishing the article, I believe none of them were paying. However, I am not sure, if any of them have started paying now – I am guessing they haven’t. But you could check out their individual websites, if they started to pay, they would have mentioned that.

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  6. Vaibhav Thombre

    This is cool ! I had been searching if there are magazines in India publish any fiction from non-famous writers, but had been focused on certain teir-1 print magazines. I was aware that e-magazines do publish, but the work even if published may not really get as much traction or get noticed, since there is too much of e-content out there 🙂 Thoughts? What has your experience been?

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  7. Akash Kumar Pradhan

    Hi Arpita,
    Your writings are really great and you have researched about a lot for the magazines that can publish our stories. So thanks for the information.

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    1. Arpita Post author

      Hi Nikita! Isn’t that all the we writers look for? 🙂 Unfortunately, currently I am not aware of which ones actually pay for writings. But I wish you all the luck for your writing.

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  11. Life & insights

    This is an informative write-up, especially since I was searching for a list of sites to submit my fiction and non-fiction writing to! Pls, let me know of any magazines/ websites in India that accept travel writing articles and women’s rights stuff from upcoming and aspiring writers? Thanks

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    1. Arpita Post author

      Hello! I’m glad you found this helpful. Unfortunately, I am no longer up to date with the magazine scene. I hope you find the required information elsewhere. Good luck with your writing journey!

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