Detailed Guidelines - Fiction

DesiLit magazine seeks original and innovative works of fiction that capture the essence of South Asia or its diaspora, as well as pieces inspired by South Asia.

What We Want

We accept all types of stories, including excerpts from longer pieces, i.e. a chapter from a novel, but it must stand alone as a complete work. We will not publish incomplete stories. We strongly prefer stories under 5000 words, but will consider longer pieces. There is no minimum word requirement. We pay a flat fee of $100 per piece.

How to Submit

To submit, send your story both as a MS Word attachment and in plain text format in the body of an email to Please include your complete contact information with email address, phone number, and a short bio about yourself (around 100 words), including previous publications if applicable. In the subject line of your email please use the following caption: Fiction Submission: [Insert Your Story Title]. We accept simultaneous submissions provided that you let us know immediately if it has been accepted for publication elsewhere. All submissions must be original and previously unpublished. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, and the editorial board reserves sole discretion to choose publication date.

Thank you for your interest!

For more information, please contact Sumita Sheth, Executive Editor.