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The Bombay Literary Magazine

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The Bombay Literary Magazine’s mission is to promote fine literature as well as a writerly perspective on how literature does what it does. We publish stories, poetry, essays, reviews and graphic fiction three times a year.

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  • Response time:  / 
    71 days*
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Find more details in the Genres section


  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 7000 words max

Max words: 2000

Max words: 7000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary

Payment: Rs 5000

Regrettably, we do not publish flash fiction, novellas, or novels.


Max pieces: 5

Payment: Rs 5000

We usually select three to four poems per contributor. Please do not send us fewer than five poems— we wish to understand your range and style through a substantial sample.


Payment: Rs 5000

Graphic fiction

How to submit

  • Processs

    Google / other forms

  • Cover letter

    Cover letters are optional, and we always read the other material first. But we do like to learn about our authors.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    This magazine does not list any details on their website for this section.

  • Author's rights

    As writers, we are all-too-aware of how usurious publishing contracts can be. So we worked with Dr. Kalyan Kankanala, chief attorney at Banana IP, India’s leading intellectual-property law firm, to devise generous and equitable terms for the author. We only ask for the minimum set of digital rights that will let us legally display your work online, exclusively for a period of one year, but non-exclusively thereafter. You retain all other rights.

  • Additional info

    They allow simultaneous subs, but require 5 poems for consideration, so if one poem is accepted during their consideration period, one has to re-submit with a new poem.

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Total submissions tracked

71 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

44 days

Fastest response time

93 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 371 days, 416 days

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Our people are mostly located in India, and hence our content has a certain South-Asian orientation. However, this is only an accident of geography. As our archives spanning 8 years and 50 issues and 263,000+ words will illustrate, we welcome writers from all over the world. We love literature, but...

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