From the Editor’s desk

The Purple Pencil Project (formerly, onWriting.in) was started by Jaibala  (who has since left) and Saurabh (who continues to be the pillar on which the venture rests) to get authors to talk about writing, to get them to open the secrets of their craft. But it’s never just one thing with literature, is it?

When I, Prakruti Maniar, joined in 2016, I imagined it to become a comprehensive website to document so much that happens in literature, in India and away, that goes unnoticed because a certain booklist did not cover it. Over 300 literature festivals take place in a year, across several languages. Robust, exciting work is being done in tribal language research. There is a dictionary now, to understand words of several tribal languages. Their stories are being recorded. And someone needs to talk about them.

The Purple Pencil Project is aiming to be that someone. And we will do so through various mediums: events, awards, videos, books, merchandise.

We invite publishers, writers, translators, folklorists, book designers, printing presses – everyone to contribute, to tell us what you are doing and if we like you, we will make sure to talk about you.

Review Policy 

Thank you for considering us to do a review of your book. However, before you request a review, please go through the following:

  1. We do NOT take any money for posting reviews.
  2. We try to do a review within 2 weeks but we do NOT guarantee a time for review.

The parameters of our rating system are:

  1. The story: First. Above everything else. It has to be interesting and be worth the time a reader puts in
  2. Language: But we aren’t elitists. As Indians, we understand the uniqueness and the difficulty of writing creative fiction in English. But we do expect it to be readable
  3. Context: ‘Death of the author.’ Maybe. But a writer is not an other-worldly creature; he lives and breathes among us. He lives through the same troubles that we do. She goes through a lot to achieve her dream, like a lot of us, working towards our passion. So she is not dead to us. She is alive and he is thriving and they are all part of the story they write
  4. Significance: “No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” There is power in literature, and each story holds it. Should hold it.

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Wherever you are in doubt, please use common sense. And if not that, please put yourself in our shoes and us into yours. And then take a call. Finally, we are here to help you reach your audience.

Our Rating System

📖 – Don’t read it even if it’s for free. Use it for some book-art instead.
📖📖 – Borrow it, use it as a travel companion.  Or don’t. You won’t miss anything great.
📖📖 📖– Make a purchase. Maybe an online purchase, or a kindle purchase. But buy it, encourage it.
📖📖📖📖 – Go to a bookstore and buy it. Pay those extra bucks.
📖📖📖📖📖– Buy a hardback and show it off in your bookshelf! And then wait for a signed anniversary edition and buy that too.

If you are submitting articles or opinion pieces for The Journal (columns, opinion-articles, feature stories) section, please note that there is no guarantee that we will put it up. Depending on each submission, the editorial team will get back to you with either a confirmation or a denial. There is no fixed time frame. After submission, please wait for at least a week before dropping us a reminder.


The Purple Pencil Project participates in the Amazon Partners Program. More details here.

Does that mean we tweak and bias our opinions? No. It simply is a revenue source, which means (if you’re too lazy to open the link) that if you like a review and follow our buy link, we get a small percent of it. A fair game.