The Purple Pencil Project is constantly looking to find new talent and new voices in writing in India. These could be in any form – flash fiction, short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction or book reviews.
Please include a cover letter stating where your work has been published before, if relevant. Please do not submit book manuscripts, academic essays. We are open to submissions written only in English right now. Poems, however, can be sent in any language, if accompanied with a translation.
The rights of the work remain with Purple Pencil Project, but you may publish it elsewhere by giving Purple Pencil Project first publication credits.
If we do publish, you will be paid between 50 paise or Rs 3 per word (depending on what your send) of the published word count.
Requirements for Writing Book Reviews: Review, favourite quote, recommended age group for reading and a verdict in stars on a scale of 1-5. Please see some of our book reviews to understand the format.
How soon can I expect to hear about my submission?
We aim to respond to all submissions within four weeks of it arriving in our inbox. For rules about our submission guidelines for our Weekly Prompts, click here. Please do not write into us asking about the status of your entry. You will receive an email from us in case of acceptance or rejection.
I’ve revised my piece since I have submitted. Can you consider a newer version of a piece rather than the one I submitted?
Yes, but in this case, you should specify this in the title. For example – “Title – Version 2”. Please note, for each submission, we will only consider one update. In case on poetry, you may submit a corrected version only once, so if you want to update more than one poem from you collective entry, do it together.
My piece has been accepted for a different publication. How do I notify you?
Please write in to us on email@example.com, giving us the name of your work, your name and email id from which the entry was sent. In the subject of the email write – Withdrawing Submisson.
Are simultaneous submissions allowed?
Yes. If your piece gets accepted elsewhere, please notify us using the process above.
Can I submit something that’s shorter or longer than the 3,000-6,000 word guideline?
Yes, but please refrain from submitting book manuscripts or novellas. It is unlikely that we will read more than 10,000 words of any submission.