Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in Kitaab!

We want to provide a platform to Asian writers as well as to writers of any ethnicity writing on Asian themes (no matter where you live). As such, we welcome you to submit your work for publication here.

What are we looking for

  • Short Stories
  • Essays on literary criticism
  • Poetry
  • Non-fiction – Travelogues, Memoirs, Personal essays
  • Book Reviews
  • Author Interviews

Short Story Submissions

We are looking for stories which are set in Asia, are about Asia or Asians anywhere in the world.

We invite unsolicited submission of short stories including excerpts from novels in progress (if they stand alone as stories) no longer than 3,000 words.

We request writers to  submit only one story at a time and no more than two stories a year.

Poetry Submissions

*** Currently we are not accepting Poetry Submissions till further notice***

Please submit 1 to 4 poems of moderate length at one go. They should not be of more than 60 lines each.

Non fiction Submissions

Literary Criticism – We are looking at literary essays which are more than a book review and a little less than an author interview. We want to know about literary pilgrimages, the stories behind the book or the confessions of a heartbroken book-lover after their favourite character died.

Essays (Musings/ Memoirs) – Write your heart out about the most personal memory or share a part of your childhood through this essay.

Travelogues – Make us travel to your favourite destination or allow us a peek into your favourite holiday moment.

Books Reviews and Author Interviews

Book-Lovers &/ Reviewers – If you want to review a book for Kitaab, please send us your suggestions with a brief note on yourself and links to any previous work.

Authors &/ Poets – If you would like to submit a book (or books) for us to review, please drop us an email at

Please note book reviewers are not paid any honorarium but they get to keep the review copy. They are also given the honorary title, Kitaab Dost (Friend of Kitaab).

Author Interviews : If you would like to interview an author for Kitaab, please drop us an email at with a brief note on the author you wish to interview and their works along with any links to their website or social media handles.

Important points for submissions

  • We accept submissions only in English.
  • We do not accept simultaneous submissions.
  • All submissions must be exclusive, original and not previously published, in print or online
  • Please include your brief bio(in about 100 words), a picture (not mandatory) and any relevant social media handles along with your contribution

How to submit?

We accept submissions via e-mail only. Send stories/poems/non-fiction pitches to:

All submissions should be sent both in the body of the email and as a Word document, with the title and author’s name at the top of the first page.

Contributions accepted for publication may be subject to editing in collaboration with the author. Authors retain all rights but stories published here could be included in future print or e-book anthologies by Kitaab.


At the moment we are unable to pay our writers.

However, some of the stories will go into the upcoming anthologies / journals by Kitaab and authors will be paid royalties for their contributions.


2013 marked Kitaab’s foray into publishing. As a publishing house, Kitaab publishes original/translated contemporary literature in English and other Asian languages which illuminates the minds and hearts of readers.

We aim to be a publishing house with titles that will serve our broad theme: empowering and connecting Asian writers and readers. However, the books that we publish must be able to travel around the world. We love short stories, and we hear that most mainstream publishers are not too keen to publish collections of short stories. Therefore, to begin with, we are paying special attention to short fiction. However, we are now open to all kinds of work: fiction, non-fiction, and poetry (both original and in translation).

How to submit your manuscript

Send us a pitch (2-3 chapters with a synopsis and author bio) and we will get back to you within a couple of weeks. Drop us a note at today.

Fiction and poetry submissions are closed now until further announcement. 

Queries to submit your work under our Simurg imprint (curated publishing programme) are open.

Spread the word

We invite writers to spread the word about Kitaab through social media and by recommending our weekly newsletter to your friends. Your support is important for Kitaab and for ensuring that a forum like this exists for publication of new and emerging writers.


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