About / Submissions

nether is a literary journal based in India. From 2009-2014 we published six print issues & sixteen fortnights (online issues). Since August 2020, we run as an online quarterly with one annual print issue.

We are now reading for our third revival issue, due in March, 2021.

Guest editor: Nandini Dhar

We’re excited to announce poet Nandini Dhar as our guest editor for nether’s third issue, which will go live on 30th March. In addition to the general submissions, Nandini would like to focus on the theme of family, conflict and everyday. Nandini is interested in how we bring in and relate to conflicts in the space of the domestic, in our private everyday. For instance, how do we write our parents? How do we write our inter-generational conflicts in these politically polarized times? How have online cultures (especially in this past year) shaped and impacted our familial relations? As always, we welcome poetry, prose, fiction and anything in between. Translations from other Indian languages are especially welcome (with permissions from the writer).

Issue submission deadline: 1 March, 2021
(Submissions need not necessarily pertain to the call. General submissions will be reviewed as usual. All submissions received after 1 March will be considered for Issue 4.)


We publish texts across all genres. We’re also interested in art, photography, and work which might overlap across all these forms. Submit between 2-5 poems and 1-2 pieces of fiction (Under 5,000 words). Please attach your submissions as a Word document, and please include a short bio (max 100-150 words) in the document. For visual poems, we prefer jpeg or pdf formats.

We are not accepting open art or photography submissions at the moment.

We have an “OPEN” section (on submittable) for work which doesn’t fall under the above categories. If you’re submitting via email please write OPEN in the subject if you think your work defies categorization.

Recommended file title: ‘Firstname Lastname_Submission type‘ (Prose, Fiction, Poems, Open)

Please submit all submissions of the same type in a single file.

If your writing requires special formatting, and must be sent in PDF, please note that we use the font Garamond, size 11, with a 1.15 line spacing for all our issues. It would be great if you could format your text using this font.

Submit (if you use submittable) or via email at nether.submissions@gmail.com
We consider unpublished work only. You are welcome to submit your work simultaneously to other publications, but if it is accepted for publication elsewhere, you are required to let us know immediately.


*nether reserves first-publication rights. Individual authors/artists retain the copyright of their work. nether Quarterly is free to read and, unfortunately, we don’t pay our contributors as of now.  


If you have a book of poems out in the past 6 months, and would like us to consider it for a review, please send us a query at nether.submissions@gmail.com, with ‘New in Poetry’ in the subject line. In your query, please do include the publication details (year of publication and publisher). If you are able to send us a pdf/ecopy, you are welcome to do so. Please do not send us hard copies of the book without a query first. Translations are welcome. Please note that sending us a copy is not a guarantee for inclusion in the quarterly. All new books will be reviewed and selected by Aswin Vijayan, who curates this section.

For all other queries, and if you’d like to come on board one of our issues as a reader, email netherquarterly@gmail.com

Avinab Datta-Areng
Divya Nadkarni

Visual Editor: Amrita Bagchi

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