Submission Guidelines

Mithila Review is a journal of international science fiction and fantasy devoted to the best of speculative writing, arts or culture from around the world. We welcome original submissions as well as translations from around the world. Please read the guidelines below to see if we’re accepting submissions at the moment.

Along with original speculative fiction and poetry, we will host reviews, discussions and appreciations of stories, books, movies, television series, arts, comics, etc that explore interstitial spaces and marginal experience in the world we live today.

What is speculative writing, arts or culture?

Speculative writing, arts and culture encompass literary and artistic works in the broad genre with supernatural, fantastical or futuristic elements i.e. science fiction, fantasy, science fantasy, horror, alternative history, magic realism, uncanny and weird. Learn more.

You’re welcome to join our Science Fiction and Fantasy group on Facebook for reading recommendations, academic resources and occasional call for submissions.



Mithila Review is CLOSED to poetry submissions. (Update: 14/09/20)

We welcome literary and speculative poetry from around the world. Please send us your best work. Our favorite poets include Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Amal El-Mohtar, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Gwendolyn Brooks, Kabir, Li-Young Lee, Shweta Narayan, Sofia Samatar, W.B. Yeats, among others.


Mithila Review is CLOSED to fiction submissions. (Update: 14/09/20)

We are looking for speculative fiction that explores the interstitial spaces and marginal experience. We are also open to excellent literary fiction with speculative elements.

Stories that we love regularly appear in leading SF magazines including Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, Tor, Uncanny, Apex, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Futures (Nature), Interfictions, Daily Science FictionDrabblecast, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, PodCastle, EscapePod, among others.

Important tips: 

Please send one story, essay, film or book review or up to 3 poems in a single document at a time to submissions[@]

Document formatting tips: Please use Times New Roman, Font Size 12. We accept .doc and .docx formats.

Response Time: 2-8 weeks. Average: 2 weeks. (Update: 04/08/17)

Publication Frequency: 3-4 issues per year.

Payment: If/when our Patreon funds permit, $10 for original poetry, essays, flash stories (under 2.5K words), and reprints; $50 for original stories between 4-8K words or longer. (Update: 10/24/16)

Rights: We need first world electronic rights (text), and non-exclusive audio and anthology rights for our planned annual anthology.  

Support Us: Mithila Review is underfunded. If you can, please support us on Patreon, and help us become a professional market for emerging and award-winning poets, authors and artists across the world.