Submissions

Submission Window for the Fourth Issue of The Medley will be open from 1st September to 30th September. Read further for the guidelines.

Displacement can be a shift in position, a movement in space, a defence mechanism. It can be done of one’s own volition or due to unavoidable circumstance. It is more than just another word for change. Modern life, for example, is subject to frequent displacements of various kinds. In this issue of The Medley, we are looking for works which explore the myriad ways in which displacement affects us. We want writing which addresses displacements of space, of identity, of time, of body. We welcome any and all interpretations of this word, its implications, and how it colours our lives.

Non-themed submissions for this issue will also be accepted.


GENERAL GUIDELINES

We wish to invite themed as well as non-themed entries for the sections of Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry, with any variety of style, structure, content and genre. Photo Essays are also welcome. In general, we’re looking for work from emerging writers and poets that has unbridled originality, a raw energy and doesn’t shy away from coming into its own. We want poetry and prose that sings, fragments itself and takes flight. Give us your best, most daring, pieces, exploring new terrains and new metaphors, pieces that sketch out paths and avenues in an otherwise unknown wasteland. We’re looking for diversity, for versatility and for new voices of representation from all over the globe.

PROSE: Only 1 piece at a time, 2500 words maximum.
POETRY: Up to 3 poems at a time, no length limits.

  1. Prose and poetry should ideally be directly pasted in the body of the email. If your work requires special formatting, you may send it as an attachment, preferably in the form of a word document. PDF files are also acceptable.

  2. All submissions have to be accompanied by a short third person bio, along with a headshot/photograph of the submitter as an attachment.

  3. The category of your work - fiction, non-fiction, poetry - has to be mentioned in the subject of the submission email. Also state whether your submission is themed or non-themed. Before you send work, please familiarize yourself with The Medley and our editorial practices by going through our older issues available on the website.

  4. We allow only for previously unpublished works. You can send your entries to submissions[at]themedley[dot]in. We are open to simultaneous submissions (so long as you classify them as such and immediately let us know if they’re accepted elsewhere).

  5. Please submit no more than once per category per reading period. To put it simply, you can submit upto three poems, one fiction piece and/or one non-fiction for any particular issue when the submission window is open. Additional submissions will be ignored. If your work has been featured in The Medley in the past, please wait at least half a year, or one issue, from the date of your publication before submitting again.

  6. The Medley requires First Serial Rights and all archival rights. All rights revert back to the author upon publication. If your work appears elsewhere in print or online, please give due credit to The Medley as the place where your work first appeared.

For any queries, you can email us at contactus[at]themedley[dot]in. We try to respond to submissions within 4-8 weeks of receiving it. If you do not hear from us till then, you can drop us an email at the above mentioned address.