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PFN – Usawa Literary Review Seeking Submissions on: Appetite

April 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Primordial appetites – mother’s milk, a father’s warm touch, the flashy colours of a toy train, the appetite to love, the insatiable curiosity to delve into the mysteries of life. Before we know it, our appetites turn subliminal: to belong, to be, to ignite passion.

Epicurean, sartorial or romantic, how many walls should you scale before your appetite is satiated? What belief systems take away your very right to have the appetite to eat, drink, wear, love, be? Which insatiable appetites leave you, or your character starving forever in silence?

Only royalty had the right to the tender succulence of jackfruit, or to purple fabric. And isn’t there that infamous historical anecdote of the suggestion to have cake instead of bread that led to a revolution?

What revolutions are brewing in you? Give in to your appetite to resist, protest, unsilence – without restraint, without censorship. Gulp down this theme of appetite, allow it to reveal the hungers within you.

And then, write to us with your stories, poems, and essays. We’re waiting, famished, for your literary works.

General Guidelines

Mandatory Contributor Form: Please fill this form for your submission to be read by the Editors.

Submission Format:

  • Please include “SUBMISSION” along with the genre you are submitting for in the subject line of your email.
  • Kindly send all submissions in a Word File attached to the body of the email. The text (except for poetry) should be double spaced, utilizing the Garamond font, sized 12.
  • Compose your brief (~80 words) bio in third person within the email body of your submission. Please ensure to include your photograph and social media handles.

Submission Limitations:

  • You may submit up to one entry for each genre during a given submission period.
  • Although we prefer exclusive submissions, we understand if you choose to make simultaneous submissions. In such cases, please clearly indicate this in your submission and promptly notify us if another publication accepts your piece before our review. To withdraw your submission, kindly contact the sectional editor and the Managing Editor.
  • Please be aware that any work published in Usawa cannot be reprinted in any other publication, whether online or in print, until six months after the initial publishing date. After this period, we request that you seek permission from and credit Usawa wherever the piece is republished by contacting our Managing Editor.


Please submit 4-6 poems to our Poetry Editor, Babitha Marina Justin, at

Usawa will be publishing unpublished poems only. However, poems that have been shared on the author’s social media are acceptable. If you have previously published work that strongly resonates with our theme kindly share the same with the Editor stating why you would like the piece to be considered. The body of editors will review it collectively and take a decision accordingly.

Short Fiction:

Submit short fiction of length up to 5000 words to our Fiction Editors, Smita Sahay, at and, Kinshuk Gupta, at

While we primarily seek literary fiction, exceptional genre fiction is also welcome.


Submit non fiction of length up to 5000 words to our Non Fiction Editor, Namrata Pathak, at

We are looking for pieces that reflect honesty of the experience, personal or from the point of witness. Show us the universality of the personal, the ingredients that bind us all as human, one. Vulnerability, curiosity. An evident love for the language, care for the sentence and structure, and attention to detail. We do expect pieces to reflect craft but give us authenticity to go with it. Simply put, we may pick a piece that is honest over one that glorifies technique.

If addressing a topical issue, consider contacting the editor for timely consideration.


April 15
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Usawa Literary Review


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