Submission Guidelines

Beetle is an Indian 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. 

Selected writers are published in Beetle Magazine and a cash reward of ₹ 50,000 is distributed on a monthly basis. 25 Writers receive ₹ 2,000 each along with publication. All participants receive individual review for their works.

Topics

Every month we pick out topics that can be explored by the writers. These topics are announced at the beginning of every month. 

Writers can choose one or more topics to write on.

Streets

September's issue has 'Streets' as one of the themes. The streets in India are full of life. The chaiwalas, rickshaw pullers, kids on the streets, hawkers, fruit-sellers, dogs etc. Streets in India are an open ground for making some very beautiful observations. A memorable rendezvous, an act of kindness by a stranger, carefree laughter of someone you saw on streets etc. The possibilities of writing after observing the streets are endless.
 

Free as a kite

Independence and freedom hold a different meaning in each person's life. For some, it lies in being able to take their own decisions while for others being able to breathe, smile or talk willingly counts as freedom. India's independence day is nearing.   Pen down your perspective of freedom. You can write about what is obstructing you from feeling free, what makes you feel independent, what is your idea of a free world ?

 

Virtual Dating

This pandemic has made the idea of love more complex then it already was. With lovers being miles away from each other, virtual dating has turned into a new normal. Idea of first dates has peacefully switched from meeting in a cafe to making skype calls while sitting against the most gorgeous looking wall of the house. Love over a long distance has its own hardships and misery, yet lovers manage to find their share of happiness while being away from each other. 
From your imagination, write about the thrill and mystery of falling in love over the internet. 

 

Rules

Currently, we are accepting submissions for September 2020 Issue. We accept the following categories for publication:

  • POETRY: Up to 60 lines maximum (1,500 words)

  • SHORT STORY: Up to 2,500 words maximum

  • FLASH FICTION: Up to 1,000 words maximum

  • PERSONAL ESSAY: Creative personal essays’ length vary between 300 to 3,000 words.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submissions must be written in English.

  • Writers must be at least 13 years old. There is no maximum age restriction.

  • All nationalities are welcome.

  • Multiple submissions are allowed.

  • Copyright of the work remains with the writer. 

  • Previously published works are allowed.

  • We encourage beginners to participate. Your writing speaks for itself- if it’s meritorious, your work will be published!

  • Entry fee is INR 1000 for a single work and INR 500 for each additional work.

  • International participants can send payment through PayPal: saumya@delhipoetryslam.com
  • Deadline to submit your works is August 30th 2020, 11.59 PM.
  • The literary magazine will be released on September 15th 2020.

All Participants Receive Individual Feedback

We analyze your writing and give you constructive feedback within couple of weeks. This will help you improvise your writing skills and understand how your work impacts the reader. Writing is a journey, a process. We have the interests of writers in our hearts and guide each one as part of the ever growing DelSlam community.

All entrants receive brief feedback on the quality of their works from a UK based professional writer and poet.

rhys-editor-delhi-poetry-slam

Rhys is 31 years old and lives in Swansea, Wales. He has written two collections of poetry - Amnesia (Accent Press; 2016) and Transition (Accent Press; 2017). He is a recipient of The Short Story Magazine's International Writing Awards and has had work published in publications such as New Welsh Review, The Crunch, Litro Magazine and The Lonely Crowd. He's read at festivals and events over the UK including Hay Festival and Cheltenham Poetry Festival and was selected as a Writer at Work at Hay Festival.