Authors may submit manuscripts that conform to the scope and focus of the journal as elaborated in ‘About Us.’ Manuscripts of literary criticism, essays, interviews, reviews and short fiction should normally not exceed 2500 words in length and adhere to detailed Guidelines given below. 

Muse India will accept material submitted only in softcopy form sent through email, except under unusual circumstances of not having access to computer or Internet when it can be sent by post. Manuscripts should be created as files in MS-Word format or Text format. These should be attached to a covering email.

Where to send Submissions

Submissions of Poetry are to be sent to Ms Ambika Ananth at


Submissions of Book Reviews to Mr U Atreya Sarma at


Submissions of Literary Articles to Dr Charanjeet Kaur at

Submissions of Fiction to Ms Smitha Sehgal at


Submissions for 'Focus' and 'Feature' sections as notified in 'Forthcoming Issues' are to be sent to respective editors of the sections as mentioned.  

Preserve your back-ups

Authors are advised to preserve electronic backups of submitted material, as Muse India will not take the responsibility to return any material.

Authors submitting their work to be considered for publication in Muse India should be registered Members of the journal. If they are not already so, they should enrol as Members. Membership is free. All submissions should be accompanied by:

  • Membership details
  • Brief profile of the author
  • Photograph of the author (max image size - 1 Mb). Though this is optional we will prefer photo being sent.
  • Indication of the nature of material being submitted, i.e., literary article, poem, short fiction etc.

Editors will notify authors about material accepted for publication. However, this may typically take three to four weeks or more. No correspondence on submitted material will be entertained. 

Hard copy (typed, computer print out) submissions may be sent, under exceptional circumstances only, to Managing Editor, Muse India, Flat 207, Maruti Ville Green Apts, Vikrampuri, Secunderabad 500 009, Mobile - 0 98483 45490. Material meant for different sections (poetry, fiction, etc.) can be put in a single envelope and sent. Authors may note that unaccepted material will not be returned.

Copyright Notice

Copyright for articles published in this journal will rest with the authors, with first publication rights to Muse India ejournal. As the journal follows an open access policy, articles or extracts from articles may be used by others, with proper attribution, for academic and non-commercial use.

Authors are required to take, on their own, relevant approvals for any copyright material they may use in their work submitted to Muse India. The journal will not be responsible in any way for copyright infringements.

Guidelines for Submission of Prose 

The following guidelines will apply for submission of Literary Article, Book Review and Short Fiction.


1.   All material sent to Muse India must be original and unpublished work.

2.   All contributions should be submitted as MS Word documents only. Please do not send pdf files.

3.   Typical lengths of submissions should be -

                     - Book Reviews                             1000 - 1500 words

                     - Normal literary articles                 1500 - 2500 words

                     - Major literary essays/surveys        2500 - 4000 words

                     - Short fiction                              2000 - 2500 word

4.   In order to ensure a common format, contributors must adhere to the following:

      a.  Typed in double spacing; font type: Times New Roman; font size: 12 pt

      b.  The title of the article in 14 pt font size, bold, Times New Roman and centered.

      c.  The name of the author in the following line, 12 pt font size, bold italics,

           and centered.

      d.  Margins of 1” on top and bottom sides of the page.

      e.  Margins of 1.25” on left and right sides. (A standard Word document is 8.5” wide.

           With these margins on either side, the text will be of 6” width). In case of any

           other page size, leave margins of at least 1” on either side. 

f.     Do not use full stops in initials in names or for short forms (eg ‘T S Eliot’, not ‘T. S. Eliot’; ‘ibid’, not ‘ibid.’

g.   All paragraphs should start at the leftmost margin. The first line should not be indented. Leave space of an additional line between paragraphs.

      h.  Titles of books should be in italics throughout the article.

i.  Titles of essays/articles in Anthologies/Journals should be in single inverted commas.

j.   Citations should be included within the text of the article in brackets. For example (Seth 1990: 5).

     Surname of Author, followed by date of publication and page number of cited material.

k.     Brief passages quoted from a book, of 2 or 3 lines, may be included within a paragraph, within double inverted commas and with citation.

l.        Longer passages quoted should be as a separate paragraph, indented 0.5” inside. Citation should be given at the end of this paragraph.

m.    Use endnotes sparingly and only to explicate or elucidate a point. Endnotes should be all put together at the end of the article, before the Bibliography, and not as footnotes at end of each page.

n.     The List of books referred to should be included in the Bibliography at the end of the article. The Bibliography is to be arranged alphabetically and in the following format:

           For Books:

i.        Seth, Vikram. 1990, All You Who Sleep Tonight, New York, Alfred A Knopf.

           For articles in journals and anthologies:

           ii.   Merchant, Hoshang. 2010 ‘Kamala Suraiya’s Last Siren Songs’ in Journal of

                 the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Autumn 2010

                 (ed. GJV Prasad) JNU, New Delhi, pp 46-56.

o.      Websites referred should be at the end of Bibliography and in the following format –

           Marshall, Leon. ‘Mandela in Retirement: Peacemaker without Rest.’ National Geographic, 9 Feb 2001.

           Date of access-10 Oct 2005.

p.  If there are diacritical characters (special characters with symbols as in some sanskrit/phonetic words), these should be separately indicated at the end. These need special treatment in conversion.  

q.     Indian language terms should be in italics when they appear for the first time in the body of the text. The English equivalent or meaning should be given in a bracket immediately following the term [like prakriti (nature)]. Thereafter they can be in normal mode.


Declaration of work being original


Authors should certify on the submitted material that it is their original work (and in the case of literary criticism/articles, based on their own research) and no portion of it has been reproduced from any other source or work without the consent of the original author. As we have received complaints in the past from original authors about sections/passages from their work having been used without their knowledge or consent, any such instance will be viewed very seriously. 


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