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.

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

What kind of stories we are looking for? Anything set in Asia or about Asia or Asians anywhere in the world. The stories/poems must be in English.

We consider unsolicited submission of short stories including excerpts from novels in progress (if they stand alone as stories) no longer than 7,000 words.

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

For book reviews or essays, you can send us your pitches and we will respond to them as soon as we can.

All submissions must be original and not previously published, in print or online. Include your brief biography (in about 100 words) along with your contribution. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but notify us as soon as possible if a piece is accepted for publication elsewhere.

We accept submissions via e-mail only. Send stories/poems/non-fiction pitches to: We will respond to you as soon as we can.

All submissions should be sent both in the body of the email and as a Word or Pages 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 ebook anthologies by Kitaab.

Book Reviews

If you would like to submit a book (or books) for us to review, please drop us an email at editor@kitaabinternational.comIf you want to review a book for Kitaab, please send us your suggestions with a brief note on yourself.

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


At the moment we are unable to pay our writers.

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.


37 thoughts on “Submissions

  1. Hi, do you consider self published as published? It is a great literary blog.

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  4. It is very pleasant that submissions are acknowledged very soon. Please keep it up.
    NAR DEO SHARMA. Poet, Critic, Linguist, Translator, Reviewer, Professor of English, INDIA

  5. Kitab is not publishing everything but concentrating on a few areas and it is expected to be achieving a near perfection result. Certainly as a poet and writer I feel it quite interesting to be in contact with it. My recent visit to Singapore has drawn me more towards it.

  6. Hi. I would like to publish some of my work here sometime. How could I get somebody to check on my work and see if it tallies with the standards the journal sets?

  7. hello sir i wishedto publish my work here, would u help me?

  8. Oh! Wonderful.. this is the right place for me and author’s like me. I’ll surely submit my short story. 🙂

  9. Hi,

    I am interested in pursuing writing as my career. I write poems and can write stories, I mostly blog them.

    I neend a kind suggestion from Kitaab, is there a way in which my poems can be reviewed, given feedback on and maybe published.

    Awaiting your response.


  10. i write short stories and poem. this is really well place to publish stories and poems.

    i want know where can submit the story.

    thanking you

    Bishan papola

  11. can you just tell me how to submit the poems i have written….
    and in which language do you accept?

  12. Do you reply to all the submissions? even if not accepting to publish?

  13. Short stories are also accepted?

  14. Umm…I just wanted to know wheather we are allowed to submit a poem also because I m a poet and probably I can not cook stories too well.

  15. I would love to share some flash fiction that I have written ( It is basically four lines a piece). Would it be eligible for submission?

  16. l will be very happy if can help my dream to be actualized because l have a story to tell the world.

  17. I really thanks the group for the help

  18. Can we submit the manuscript of a novel?

  19. Great work KITAAB, though i have some stories published on my own blog in hindi, may i consider them for KITAAB if i translate them into English ?

  20. Is Kitaab not accepting short fiction submissions as of now?

  21. Which type of stories do you want

  22. Can i submit my hindi poems??

  23. I write poems. I want to publish it.

  24. Can I submit my Haiku poems for a book? They are in english.

  25. Dear editor,
    Do you publish Hindi/Urdu poems too? If yes please provide your submission guidelines.


  26. Amazing & very informative article. Thanks for the information! Love it

  27. sory this kind plateform is not for us who are actuly urdu writers ,, but the name this plateform is kitaaab??? then why you give a name of urdu that urdu wirters are not allowed???? zafar sahab ???

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