Submissions open for Wingword Poetry Prize 2020


Beetle is an international literary magazine, filled with invigorating poetry, imaginative stories and straightforward essays. The magazine hand-picks new writing from all over the world. Accompanied by bold and visionary illustrations, Beetle envisions to do the important work of circulating a soul-touching narrative. We pride ourselves in supporting the works of South-Asian and African writers.

October 2020 Issue

All entries submitted in the month of August will be considered for the August 2020 Issue. We will not be publishing a September Issue.

Applicants will be informed about their results by October 12th 2020.  


August 2020 Issue 

The August Issue of Beetle Magazine has now been released. 

This issue is a mix of fact and fantasy. Covering everything bordering on the surreal, we carry you away to the land of bizarre daydreams and nerve-wracking encounters with ghosts and the dead.  


All winners receive a cash prize of Rs 2000 and publication in Beetle Magazine


My Diadem of Death by Shireen Khan 

Notes from In-between by Ria Chowdhury

Never Gave In by Shree Niveditha K

The Quill by Prakriti Basu

I am Always Running by Muskaan Mittal

 A Reverie by Rohan A

Airplanes by Anish Malpani

Unholy by Namrada Varshini

A Terror Less Dawn by Akshaya Pawaskar

My Dear Child by Samra Khan

Urban Dreamscapes by Anagha Smrithi

Black Pearl by Utkarsha Anwekar

A Widow’s Veil by Rakshita Gupta

A Warm Cuddle by Lakshya Singh

A Fractured Life by Pritika Rao

Westwards by Hina Naela

Broken Wings by Narisa Wahlang

A Fish Tale by Nayanthara S

The Pink Umbrella by Kirthika Vijayakumar 

The Wife’s Lamp by Ayesha Ahmed

Silence by Sriharsh Bhyravajjula

The Snip by Aarushi Krishnan

The Beast That Lurks Within by Natalia Nazeem Ahmed

Don’t Look At Her by Akanksha Patra

No Place Like Home by Shagun Marwah


We thank participants who submitted their spell-binding works to Beetle Magazine. We have uploaded submissions sent to us for everyone to read on the Community Blog. 


All participants are invited to attend Beetle Magazine August Issue's launch webinar with guest poet Jamaal Jackson Rogers on 15th August, 5 PM. The link has been sent personally through email. Please join us to celebrate a literary evening.

July 2020 Issue

With a fresh and bold take on understanding our intrinsic human nature, the July Issue features the bright and dark sides of the psyche. We cover the very extremes- from nurturing and acceptance to self-destruction and suicide. 

Authors: Babra Shafiqi, Syeda Namayah Fatima Hussain, Ilina Sinha, Vaishnavi Sathish, Poorva, Dia Bhojwani, Ananya Gupta, Tina Huang, Muskaan Ohri, Inilash Remot, Aayushi Saxena, Caren Mascarenhas, Shruti Mungi, Akanksha Patra, Debahuti Borah, Diya Sabharwal, Nikita Prabhu, Chaitanya Huprikar, Diya Khandari, Riddhi Puranik, Manisha Mishra, Sanjana Saksena Chandra and Naman Garg.

June 2020 Issue


The June 2020 Issue includes searing poems on the experiences of summer, erotic stories about sexual freedom and straightforward essays on the likelihood of man-woman friendship.

Click here to read the June 2020 Issue for free.

Authors: Reshma Joly, Aishee Ghoshal, Laudeep Singh, Radhika Pradhan, Kiran Mishra, Janesis Fernandes, Abinesh Kumar, Deonte Osayande, Aqsa Eram, Maria Uzma Ansari, Atalant Nadkar, Ria Chakraborty, Mereshah Merybal, Sanjana Saksena Chandra, Anjali Hans, Saloni Panicker, Prisha Tiwari, Mandar Naik, Sneha Vyas, Carl Colaco, Kaushiki Saraswat, Antara Sathe, Anahita Mehra, Preksha Jain and Akshita Himatsingka.