What is a personal essay?
According to About.com, "A personal essay is a short work of autobiographical nonfiction characterized by a sense of intimacy and a conversational manner."
Once upon a time, there was a young man who wanted to become a storyteller of stars. The only written work he could publish was his suicide note.
How many times have you felt like committing suicide just because your voice is never heard or you are never visible in the eyes of the wide and vast world you inhabit?
Here is a chance to make yourself heard. Write a poem, short story, essay or any other creative piece on an experience you had or an imagined that made you feel inferior or frustratingly marginal. And we will include it in our upcoming anthology: Shudrayana: Writing from Margins.
We've extended the deadline due to requests from authors.
Extended Deadline: 3 April 2016
BW Books invites from authors from India, creative works on the marginal experience.
Your experience could be something you have been through or a story you heard from someone else. Narratives on marginal existence echoes the concurrent Indian reality of caste-based as well as class based discrimination.
The quality of your works will be assessed based on the intimacy, honesty and passion in your words and nothing else.
Your works could be poems, short stories and/or personal essays.
Authors are requested to read the editorial and submission guidelines carefully, before submitting.
We accept only online submission
Send us a short bio along with the submission.
Please include the following details on the body of the submission mail:
The acceptance of the work for publication will be notified through an email. Authors, please check your emails regularly.
The decision of the editors is deemed final on matters related to the selection and presentation of material.
Authors can make one submission at a time. Your submissions must be original and previously unpublished. Please include a statement asserting the same on the body of the submission email.
Authors must clearly state the genre of the work.
Please remember your submissions must be in English.
Poems: Less than 200 lines
Short stories: Less than 3000 words
Personal Essays: less than 3000 words
Send your submissions to
Please keep "Shudrayana/the genre of your work" on the subject line of the email.
Two of mode of submission are open:
a. Free submission: The author is not needed to pay any submission fee towards the publication of one's work. The author will not be eligible for author copies [both print and eBook]
b. Paid Submission: We charge a nominal Processing Fee of Rs: 1500. The payment should be made within three business days at the election of your work for publication. The author is eligible for TWO author copies [1 print and 1 eBook].
You can state whether you want to submit in free or paid submission. According to this statement your submission will be processed.
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