First Issue: Call for Submissions

Submission Deadline: 15 June, 2018

At Penmanship Personified, we believe that amateur and debutant writers in India are in dire need of a commercial platform to get their work reviewed, published, and distributed to readers across India.

We aim to provide such a platform to all aspiring writers.

Our magazine, which will be published quarterly, will be available online as well as in print. The first issue will be out in July 2018.

We invite you to submit your work to us.

Submission Categories

We’re currently accepting submissions in English for the following categories:

Short Stories and Translated Short Stories:

Short stories should be up to 4000 words. The genre is not a bar, but we don’t publish erotica or highly sexualised content.

If you are translating someone else’s work:

(i) Make sure you have the rights to do the same

(ii) Include the name and contact details of the original author

Children’s Stories

Stories must either be written by children or should cater to children. The length should be up to 2000 words.

Book Reviews (Fiction)

The book reviews must be around 800 words. They must be neutral, including both the positive and negative sides of the book. Reviews must be of books that are not imainstream.’


All the submissions must be previously unpublished.

What We Consider as Published:

  1. Publications in magazines, whether online or in print
  2. Publications in anthologies, whether in print or in e-book format
  3. Publications on platforms such as Amazon Kindle Direct

What We Don’t Consider as Published:

  1. Personal blogs or personal websites
  2. Personal Social Media Pages
  3. Platforms such as Wattpad

Manuscript Guidelines

The submissions must be in DOC, DOCX, RTF, or TXT format. Avoid sending PDFs or scanned copies.

Don’t use excessive formatting. Pay attention to grammatical errors.

Along with the submission include the following:

(i) Your name and contact information

(ii) A short bio of about 100 words

(iii) List of other published works (if any)

(iv) Links to social media

How to Submit

Send your submissions to:

[email protected]

Please specify the category of submission in the Subject Line.