June Jazz – A Celebration of Summer (June 2021)

Few countries celebrate the warmth of summer and its colours the way we do in India. The gentle shade of the large Gulmohur trees guides us through June in happiness, rain and celebration. To rejoice in the splendour of this season, we bring you the June Jazz – A Celebration of Summer at The Bangalore Review.

Through this celebration we aim to bring into focus every memory that associates our creativity with the month—its rain, music, art or just the very idea of the Indian summer in all its colours, passion and hope. Send us your poems, essays, stories and more for this very special issue.

Selected entries in each category will receive $100 in the form of PayPal transfer or in the form of a gift voucher where PayPal transfer isn’t possible. For more information on submission guidelines, you may check the relevant sections below:


Send in your best poems with a memory of June from India; your response to painting, cinema, music, food, photographs that resonate with the season. It could be an emotional connect or any situation that has led to the poem. Please send in not more than 2 (two) poems. While submitting, your sub heading should read—Poems for June Jazz, The Bangalore Review.


Your story could be about a memory of the Indian summer; your response to painting, cinema, music, food, photographs that resonate with the season, its colours, festivities, moods, fragrances, its warmth; any emotional connect or situation that inspires the story. Only one submission per person. Maximum word count: 4000 words. Your sub heading should read—Stories for June Jazz, The Bangalore Review.

Creative Nonfiction

Send in your best work with a memory of June from India; your response to painting, cinema, music, food, photographs that resonate with the season. It can take any form – essay, letter, memoir, profile, travelogue, narrative reportage, critique. Only one submission per person. Maximum word count: 4000 words. Your sub heading should read—Creative Nonfiction for June Jazz, The Bangalore Review.

General Guidelines

  • Please do not include any cover letter or introduction to yourself. Your submission should be in MS Word, 12-point readable font (Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri), double spaced.
  • We will not accept any simultaneous submissions for this issue.
  • Only well edited submissions will be accepted.
  • Any personal requests or affinity to the editorial members of The Bangalore Review will not be entertained.
  • Submissions will be open until midnight (Indian Standard Time) of April 30, 2021. The June Jazz issue will be online in the first week of June 2021.
  • Submissions may only be sent through our Submittable page.


The Bangalore Review recognises the value of translations in expanding the horizons of literature from around the world. Over the years, the magazine has received translations of writers both known and unknown from languages everywhere. To further encourage this trend, we are now introducing a section dedicated to translated works of poetry and fiction. More details on the our Submittable page.

Rolling Submissions

The world of literature holds no boundaries and we at The Bangalore Review are committed to publishing exemplary writing from all over. We publish literary fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews, criticism, poetry and art. If you happen to be in love with life and think that your words can generate a vision, send us a shout – we’ll probably like your work.

The Bangalore Review accepts submissions on a rolling basis. We do not consider work that has appeared elsewhere (including Web sites and personal blogs), or translations that have already been published in English. Simultaneous submissions are welcome but do notify us as soon as your work is accepted elsewhere. We read all submissions within 120 days, and will contact you if we’re interested in publishing your material. If you have not heard from us within 120 days, you may assume that we may not be able to publish your manuscript.

Special Note (added on March 27, 2020): You may kindly note that we are unable to send individual emails with rejections or feedback. We have been getting a lot of unkind emails filled with hate, frustration & anger, demanding a reply and asking for individual feedback. With a small team, we are unable to engage with these emails on a day-to-day basis. We are committed to reading every single work before arriving at a decision. When we received an overwhelming number of poetry submissions in June & July 2019, we paused the poetry submissions so that we would be able to give each entry sufficient time. If you see that 120 days have passed and you have not received any reply, please consider that we have chosen not to go ahead with publishing the work.

And because we don’t take rejections seriously, we hope that you won’t too. What matters though is sending in your best and most refreshing work, well edited and we’ll get talking. Include a brief biography (no more than 150 words) and a covering note with your submission. Before submitting, we strongly recommend that you read up recent issues to acquaint yourself with the kind of material that has been published previously.

We charge a nominal submission fee of $3 per submission. Submission fees are non-refundable. This fee will help cover submission processing fees, hosting fees and ongoing operational costs.


Copyright for articles, artwork & photographs published in this magazine shall rest with the authors, with first publication rights to The Bangalore Review. As the magazine follows an open access policy, articles or extracts from articles may be used by others, with proper attribution, for academic and non-commercial use. We reserve the right to publish the work in print in case we go for a print edition at a later time.

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