Papercuts is the bi-annual literary magazine of Desi Writers Lounge – an online workshop for writers of South Asian origin and writing on South Asia. Both DWL and Papercuts are run entirely on a voluntary basis.
The theme for Volume 11 is Prequel. Our editors are looking for material that uncovers the back-story; that returns to the point where everything started. The origins of a movement, the birth of a star, the beginnings of love, the setting of the stage for death, or the unwritten Chapter Zero of a great work of literature. Tell us what happened first.
- Submissions are open to the public. This is a not-for-revenue venture, therefore we are unable to pay for submissions. If your work is selected for publication, however, we do promise to help you edit it and promote it.
- For the January issue, submissions must be received by 15th November. After one-on-one editing with a designated member of the editorial team, your submission must be ready for selection by 30th December. Submissions for the July issue must be received by 15th May and work with the editors must be completed by 30th June. Submission and editing does not guarantee publication – final inclusion will be determined by editors.
- You may submit as many entries as you wish. Each submission should be emailed separately with 'Submission: [specify poetry/prose/article] - [insert title]' in the subject header. The file should be named clearly with the title of the submission plus the name of the author.
- Each document should have the title clearly written at the top of the first page. No page numbering, headers or footers, please. Text must be received in the following format: a single-spaced, left-aligned document in MS Word with Georgia size-12 font. If there are any special formatting requirements for presenting a poem, please state them clearly in your email and we will try to accommodate them.
- There is no strict word limit, but it is recommended that articles and features not exceed 1000 to 1500 words. Similarly, it is recommended that stories not exceed 3000 to 3500 words.
- Author bios are an essential requirement for any piece to be published. Any issues with anonymity should be discussed with the editor in initial correspondence.
- All work submitted must be original. Any evidence of plagiarism will result in immediate removal of the author’s work from the magazine, and blacklisting from further publication in Papercuts.
- In the event that a piece is submitted simultaneously to this magazine as well as another, please indicate this clearly and notify us immediately if you are taking up an offer of publication elsewhere. Writers are, however, requested to respect the editing team’s time and not to withdraw material once the editing process has begun. Commissioned articles will be considered the property of this magazine and must not be submitted elsewhere.
For queries/ submissions: firstname.lastname@example.org