Submission Guidelines

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.  

10 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 December 2023 Issue.


War, with its profound impact on human lives, has been a subject of both tragedy and resilience. It brings to us the very large questions of life: identity, innocence, guilt, loyalty, courage, compassion, humanity, duty, desire, death. Our response to these questions, and its relation of immediate personal experience to moments of national and international crisis, is what defines the collective future. 

War is a topic that elicits deep emotions, raises questions about humanity, and speaks to the human spirit's ability to endure, survive, and sometimes even find hope in the most challenging circumstances. We seek your thoughtful and original works that shed light on the multifaceted aspects of war, encompassing stories of courage, loss, survival, and the lasting effects on individuals and communities.

We welcome submissions that explore this theme from various angles that:

  • Convey the emotional landscape of war, from fear to hope
  • Portray the experiences of individuals in conflict or the aftermath of war
  • Analyze the societal, political, or historical aspects of war and its effects

We are eager to share your reflections of resilience, courage, and the human spirit's indomitable nature in the face of conflict and adversity.

Your words have the potential to provoke thought, inspire change, and shed light on the realities of war. Share your perspectives, and let them resonate with our readers, encouraging dialogue and understanding of this crucial aspect of human history.


Do you have vivid memories that transport you to another time, stories that linger in the recesses of your mind, or reflections on moments that have shaped who you are today? We invite you to submit your poems, short stories, and essays that explore the theme of "Memories."

Memories are the threads that weave the tapestry of our lives. They are the keepers of our joys, sorrows, and everything in between. We want to hear your unique interpretations, perspectives, and emotions associated with memories. Whether they are heartwarming or bittersweet, humorous or nostalgic, your words can unlock the doors to the past and invite readers to explore the treasures hidden within.

We encourage you to submit original and thought-provoking pieces that delve into memories. 

Overcoming Adversity

Do you have a compelling story to tell, a journey to share, or a message of resilience and triumph? We invite you to write and share on the theme of "Overcoming Adversity."

Life is filled with challenges, obstacles, and setbacks, but it's in our ability to persevere, adapt, and thrive that we find some of the most powerful stories. Whether you've faced personal struggles, encountered societal barriers, or witnessed incredible acts of resilience in others, your words have the potential to inspire and uplift others who may be going through similar difficulties.

We are looking for original and thought-provoking pieces that explore the theme of overcoming adversity from various angles. Your submission may touch upon:

  • Personal experiences of triumphing over hardship
  • Stories of communities facing adversity with resilience
  • Reflections on the lessons learned through challenging times
  • The power of hope, determination, and positivity in the face of adversity


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:
  • Deadline to submit is December 5th, 11.59 PM EST. Results will be declared on December 12th 2023. 

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.