Submission Guidelines

June 2022
Theme: Mother/Nurture

Hi writer, thinker, creator!

If you are reading this, it means you have something important to say, and all you need is an outlet.

We would be happy to provide you that.

Currently, we are accepting essays, poetry, fiction, art, and photo essays (to be published in an e-magazine) that are culturally, politically and socially relevant.

We will be publishing the web magazine in June, September, December and March. And we may have specific themes for certain issues.

Film/Book/Music review is independent of themes, and we accept and publish them throughout the year only on our website (not in the e-magazine).

Submission is open to all. We encourage writers from Dalit, Adivasi, Bahujan and LGBTQ communities to submit their work.


We are accepting poems for publication in our magazine and website.

All forms of poems are welcome (free verse, haiku, tanka, sonnet, prose poem, spoken word poems and more).

Please submit your poems to

A maximum of 3 poems and not longer than 80 lines is acceptable.

Please mention “Poetry” in the subject line.


We don’t discriminate between genres. We accept horror, sci-fi, humour, etc. and all combinations possible. However, we prefer works that are socially, culturally, politically relevant. That does not mean it cannot be personal. Often the most personal stories hold a mirror upto the society.

No more than 2 pieces (1,000-5,000 words) will be accepted.

Please mention “Fiction” in the subject line.


We are looking for narrative essays that are personal/universal and benefit from the deep observation of the society and culture.

Send us 1-2 essays (1,500-5,000 words).

Please mention “Essay” in the subject line.


Digital art, painting, sketches, even graphic narratives (for 1 A4 page) are fine with us. Just put your character and love into them.

Share a brief theme statement with the art.

Send us scanned files/digital art.

You can send us 2 artworks for an issue. However, if your artwork is part of a series, you may submit up to 8 artworks in a series. A series will be considered as a single entry.

Please mention “Artwork” in the subject line.

Photo Essay

We care about the framing of the subject as much as the subject itself.

Photos shot on cellphones are allowed. Just make sure the resolution is high.

Please don’t submit heavily edited images (meaning don’t remove or add objects).

Your photo essay must tell a story. It could be in black and white or colour, but don’t use both in the same photo essay.

Upto 8 photos per essay is acceptable.

Please mention “Photo Essay” in the subject line.

Film/Book/Music Review (Not for magazine issues)

We accept film/book/music review. We are not looking for Hollywood blockbusters or superhero movies.

Reviews of Indie or smaller budget movies/books/music are welcome.

We love Asian/South Asian cinema here, but don’t necessarily hold grudge against other industries.

Please mention “Film/Book/Music” review in the subject line.

What we do not accept

Please do not share content filled with hate speech or that shows gender, caste, class insensitivity. Plagiarism of any kind is unacceptable. The author will be solely responsible for any instances of plagiarism in the works submitted by them.


Unfortunately, at present we are not able to provide remuneration to contributors. However, if we like your style of writing, we may commission paid assignments in the future. The payment will be decided per mutual agreement.

Editorial policy

While we will edit the selected contributions, we would urge the contributors to thoroughly proofread their content before submission. If the content is in a bad shape, we may not select it.

Please send your content in a Word file along with a short Author’s bio (100 words).

We will reserve first publication rights. Post publication, the rights will go back to the creators and they can publish their work elsewhere. We only ask you to mention that your work was first published at Pop the Culture Pill when you republish it.

Send us your entries at