Submission Guidelines

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently not accepting entries. 

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.  

Selected writers are published in Beetle Magazine and receive a cash reward of ₹2000 each.  


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 for November 2021 Issue.

Looking in the mirror you see...

When you look into the mirror, whom do you see? Explore the concept of self-perception and take a moment to reflect on yourself. Try seeing yourself as another person. Write a poem or story about your findings as you venture out into discovery of the self. The work could be about your own body-image, dealing with a sense of loneliness, coming to terms with your past regrets or introspecting future dreams. 

Below is a verse from Sylvia Plath's poem 'Mirror'. Read it for inspiration. 


Home is a safe haven and a comfort zone. A place to live with our families. A place to build memories. A place where we can truly just be ourselves. And whether our houses are big, small, fancy or modest, they are our shelters and our sanctuaries.

What does the concept of home mean to you? Where is home for you? Is it the place where you grew up or a place which you dream to build? Share with us through an evocative piece of writing. 

Someone who inspires you and why

Who is a person who inspires you to be the best you can be? A person who tells you that there is nothing in the world you can't do? Write about being positively impacted by someone in your surroundings. The work could be about a teacher, a friend, a family member or even a chance encounter with a stranger. 

Your writing could also be about someone whom you haven't met, but whom you look upto and whose footsteps you would like to follow in.  


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:

We welcome participants to check out previous issues of Beetle Magazine for inspiration. Visit 

Feedback for Submission

We take the time out to review all submissions and provide constructive feedback to all participants. 

Participants will receive brief feedback for their writing via e-mail. 

Participate Now

To submit your works to Beetle Magazine, click the button 'Participate Now'. Once you deposit the entry fee, we will send you a submission form to add your creative works.