A Digital Showcase of New and Upcoming Indian Writing
Inkspire is an exclusively online literary journal for aspiring Indian writers from across the world. Our mission is to discover and publish stories, personal essays, poetry, book reviews and more from those who are taking their first steps in the world of writing. We are particularly interested in writing by Indian women and those who have not had formal training in writing, yet demonstrate a clear passion for it.
It does not matter if you have never published anything before or whether you have had 22 rejections for that one short story that you believe needs to be out there. What we care about is your writing and your perspective on our issue’s theme.
Inskpire does not charge a reading fee to read your work and unfortunately, we do not pay for accepted pieces, at the moment.
Inkspire is published four times a year.
The first quarterly issue is now online.
Submissions for the next quarter are now open and will close on February 29th, 2020.
The theme for this quarter is 'Hope'.
Please go through the submission guidelines in detail before you send your piece in.
Submission Guidelines and FAQ
Can I send in stories written in regional languages?
We are only accepting pieces in English at the moment.
How can I submit?
Use the submission form below to send across the first paragraph of your prose or the first two verses of your poem. If your writing grabs our eyes and hearts, we will get in touch with you for the complete piece.
Is there a word limit?
We are looking at a minimum of 750 words and a maximum of 2000 words for fiction and non-fiction pieces.
This includes short stories, essays and book reviews.
There is no word limit for poetry, but it will need to be exceptional if it exceeds 40 lines.
Do Book Reviews need to adhere to the Quarterly Theme?
No, but reviews of books that allude to the theme will be given special consideration.
When will I hear back from you?
We take around 10 days to respond to each submission.
Will my piece be edited once accepted?
All accepted pieces will be put through a process of editing and review before publication, but the final say will always be the Author’s.
All the best and we look forward to reading your submissions.