This is a the call for submissions and guidelines for the journal section of Coldnoon. If you wish to write for the magazine, please follow the general guidelines of submissions here.
Online (ISSN 2278-9650): Monthly (12 times a year)
Print (ISSN 2278-9642): Quarterly (4 times a year; Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter). Not all works from the online journal will go into the print section. We shall only be taking a selection of online works into print.
Abstract submissions (300 words; only for research papers/opinion or feature articles/essays/nonfiction/travelogues): Rolling submissions.
Poetry (3-5 poems): 15th of each month. Rolling submissions.
This call is for the submissions in research papers, non-academic prose, nonfiction, travelogues, opinion pieces, film reviews, book reviews, feature articles and photo essays. Works of fiction are also welcome, however, only those pieces will be considered which have a strong affinity or relevance to studies of space, topography, geography or urban landscapes of any of the aforementioned cities.
- Nonfiction/Prose/Fiction/Travelogue/Opinion Piece/Research Paper/Feature/Film or Book Review: Send an abstract of 300 words. If selected, the final article should be of 2000-3500 words.
- Poetry: 3-5 poems.
- Photo essays (only for the online journal): A Maximum of eight photographs, of high resolution, with supporting text (poetry or prose of at least 50 words per photograph).
- Artworks (only for the online journal): More than welcome with supporting text (poetry or prose of at least 50 words per photograph).
We are looking for works that deal with — but need not be confined to — one or more of the following areas:
- Life in the city.
- Urban nostalgia.
- City descriptions.
- Culinary cultures.
- Urban histories and local legends.
- Portraits or character sketches of city dwellers.
- Travelling/walking in the city or a distinct space.
- Modes of transportation in daily life, and as represented in various media, across the ages.
- Historical representations of the cities.
- Cinematic, television or photographic representations.
- Iconic places in cities and their representations.
- Travelling between cities or shared histories, within the quartet.
- Illustrious personages in the city and their experiences, diaries, journals, or accounts.
- Political/geopolitical, socioeconomic implications, cultures, geographies and economies in flux.
- Realities and fictions (how cities influence fictional representations).
- Evolutionary mechanisms, space travels and explorations.
- Immigrants to the city and the diaspora.
- City bazaars.
- Seasonal/ political/ historical/ cultural/ demographic transitions.
- Please ensure that your submission is thoroughly proofread. We are unable to go ahead with submissions that show insufficient proficiency in the English language.
- Do not use in-text citations. All citations should be made as footnotes. Please follow the Chicago Manual style for footnote referencing. Do not add a bibliography or a list of references in addition.
- All submissions should only be left-aligned. Works (poems, for instance) with non-left-aligned or experimental lineation is strongly discouraged.
- Send us your submissions in an MS Word file (no other format shall be opened). Also, send up to five keywords separated by commas, as part of your submission. For instance, if your work is on the traffic of opium in Victorian India, your keywords may be: Victorian India, nineteenth century, British imperialism, opium, China…
- Attach a brief author bio-note in third person (as a separate attachment). The bio-notes should contain only professional information, affiliations, publications, and research or literary interests. All major publication names (books, magazines, periodicals, newspapers) should be italicized. All minor publication names (poems, essays, articles) should be within inverted commas.
- Also send a photograph of yourself (a clear mugshot and aesthetically appropriate for the purposes of attribution. Selfies, blurred or pixelated images shall not be opened).
- Include a short cover letter in the body of your email (introducing yourself and a sentence or two on why you would like Coldnoon to publish your work).
- Any submission received in PDF form or included in the body of the email will not be reviewed or accepted.
- Refrain from sending your work in more than one email address provided. If it is difficult for you to decide which email you must send your work across to then send it to us at any one address that you deem fit, and we shall get back to you as soon as we can.
- If your submission has not been accepted (we do read and review each submission very carefully), please wait at least six months before sending it to us again.
- Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us immediately should your work be accepted elsewhere.
Review & Feedback
We usually respond within 2 weeks of your submissions. If we do not you can presume that we would not be able to publish your work. We believe in utmost transparency in our publishing policies. You can always call us for a feedback, or a pitch regarding your work at 91-8130224674.