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  1. Submission for the BLOG: Your piece should be on literature (book reviews, author interviews, literary criticism etc.) or culture (art, cinema, travel, food & mythology etc). Ideal word length is 600 – 1200. The work should be unpublished anywhere on the net or in print. The rights revert to the author upon publication. Submit at in the body of the email. A few selected pieces will be paid 500-2000 INR based on the content & the writing as decided by the editors.
  2. Submission for the Literary Issue published every quarterIssue 18 of Open Road Review was published on 1 Aug 16. “Open Road Review Short Story Prize 2016 – In Partnership with NHP Centre” was declared at the Kumaon Literary Festival on 13 Oct 2016. Read the winning story by Rochelle Potkar here. The shortlisted entries have been published in a Special Issue (Issue 19) on 22 Oct 16 and can be read here. The next Issue is slated for 1 May 2017. Please follow us on facebook & twitter to receive notifications about the reading period. 

General guidelines for new Issues:

Fiction:  Open Road Review accepts previously unpublished short fiction up to 8000 words and flash fiction of 1000 words or fewer throughout the year though we may close submissions on occasion to catch up on reading.

We look for literary work that is influential, yet elegant in a subtle way, fiction that effortlessly takes the reader to a deeper level, revealing the human condition without sloshing the flow of consciousness over its banks. We encourage work that has a rich interior, a story that teaches us how to read it, something that if you can get it on a greeting card, it’s not working.

Stories must be typed, double-spaced and in MS Word DOC format with your full name and address on the manuscript. Submit only ONE story at a time. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know that the piece is submitted elsewhere. A query is unnecessary. We do not offer compensation. Send your submission as an attachment (and in the body of the mail) to 

Creative NonFiction: One CNF piece, under 4000 words. Words that poke, teach, reason and stay put in the mind for a long time. Show us places we haven’t heard of, people we thought didn’t exist, misery or excess in any form, living or dead, that hurts. Send in the body of the mail to

Poetry: Please submit at a time 3-5 poems of under 30 lines each. The poems should be original and unpublished (we do not consider poems posted on a personal website or blog as “published”).

Most forms and styles of poetry are eligible for publication, provided the poems are well-crafted and their content has a contemporary relevance. Of particular interest is poetry that is sophisticated and imaginative, but has the potential to be understood and enjoyed by an audience that goes beyond “other writers”. We are interested in fresh voices and wish to include poetry from diverse perspectives and backgrounds.

Open Road Review upholds the values of peace, community, and universal love, so submissions that are deemed offensive for whatever reason will be rejected. The editor holds the right to reject or accept any work. Send your best poems in the body of an email to
 (no attachments). 

Visual Art: Photographs (black and white, or colour), computer generated artwork, painting or pencil sketch that represents life on the road. Straight, curved, looped, up / down etc. Show us a good road and we will build our next issue alongside it. When you are ready, send a low-res image (less than 10 MB) to with cc marked to Queries are welcome.

Rights revert to the author upon publication. It will be nice if you say we published it first. ORR also holds the right to include the works published on its website in future anthologies.



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