The Purple Pencil Project is constantly looking to find new talent and new voices in writing in India. These could be creative non-fiction essays, reviews of fiction and non-fiction Indian books (written in any language), and book lists. Please send a 100-word pitch to or use this form to upload your work. 

The rights of the work remain with Purple Pencil Project, but you may publish it elsewhere by giving Purple Pencil Project first publication credits. 

The first article will not be paid, and subsequent articles will be paid based on content and quality, on a case by case basis.*

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.

Click here to submit your work.

Frequently Asked Questions

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, 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.

* Rules are subject to change at any-time, at the discretion of the team. 

For any other query, email at