Q Publishing

Let the word speak for us.

  • Copyright

    • The Copyright Act, 1957, sets out your rights and responsibilities as the owner of an original piece of work. For more information, please download a copy of the Handbook of Copyright Law developed by the Department of Secondary Education and Higher Education, Government of India (http://copyright.gov.in/documents/handbook.html).

      We, at Queer Ink, ensure that the copyright of your work remains with you. As a copyright holder, you have the exclusive right and say in how your work will be used and distributed.


  • preferred word count

    • Our preferred word count for various genres is as follows:

      Fiction/Narrative non-fiction novels: 50,000–130,000 words

      Novellas: 17,500–50,000 words

      Novelette: 7,500–17,500 words

      Short story: 2,500–7,500 words

      Fan Fiction: 2,000–8,000 words

      Flash fiction: 100–1,000 words

      Micro-fiction: Up to 100 words


  • QI Publishing Process

    • QI Publishing aims to develop a professional relationship with writers to produce quality queer literature and promote their work. We expect you to read, format, and submit your manuscript as per our guidelines. This will allow us to consider your submission in a timely and thorough manner. Please do not send us your manuscript with no cover letter/summary. Any work sent without a short summary will not be considered.

      You will receive a confirmation of receipt email from us within 24 hours.

      If your manuscript has not been submitted for publishing elsewhere, the QI Selection Panel will review it and decide on selection within 60 days. Each manuscript is reviewed individually by the selection panel.

      Reprints will be considered only with a No Objection Certificate releasing you from the previous publishing agreement.

      If we accept your manuscript, you will receive a call from us. A publishing agreement will also be emailed for you to review post this phone call. We will start work on producing your book once the publishing agreement is signed and returned to us.

      Each manuscript has individual needs for editing, book design, and production, and we will communicate this with you throughout the book production process. Book production, from submission of manuscript to launch of print and/or e-book, may take up to six to twelve months.

  • submission guidelines

    • Please follow the guidelines explained below to ensure that your work is considered and processed in an efficient manner. We will acknowledge receipt of your submission within 24 hours.

      Email your submission to submissions@queer-ink.com, with the following information:

      Subject: Title of your work and your name,

      Body of email:

      a) Your legal and pen name

      b) Contact information, including email address, contact numbers, communication address, and website URL, if any

      c) A short summary of your work in two to three paragraphs (approximately 300 words)

      d) A brief profile of yourself with a list of previous published works (if any)

      e) A short note on why your work will appeal to our readers

      Attachment 1—About your work

      In a separate word document, provide the following information:

      a) Working title and your name

      b) Genre and word count of complete manuscript

      b) Summary of plot within 750 words

      c) Character description and storyline within 500 words

      d) Copyright holder name

      e) Has this work being submitted elsewhere for publishing?

      f) Is this submission for re-print? If yes, list prior publication details with a No Objection Certificate from the previous publisher.

      Attachment 2—Your work

      Attach your complete work as a word document (Please check Document Format).

      * A note on anonymity

      We welcome submissions by writers who prefer to use a different name in print. However, if your work is selected for publication, we will need your real name for legal purposes, including copyright and payments. But rest assured, we will keep your name completely confidential.

  • document format

    • Please send all submissions in Ms Word document (.doc or .docx format).

      Please follow the following formatting guidelines:

      • Language: English and/or any Indian Regional Language
      • Font: Times New Roman, 12point type, double-spaced
      • Page: One inch margin on all sides, left justified
      • New chapter: Insert Page break
      • Scene break: In case of significant break in time between scenes within a chapter, use *** centered between the scene.
  • QI Publishing

    • Queer Ink Publishing is dedicated to developing and encouraging storytellers to publish quality literature about India-specific sexuality and gender diverse communities, their lives and interactions with family, friends, and the society they live in.

      Beta readers

      Beta reading is a process of reading a manuscript with a critical eye prior to submission to a publisher. A beta reader is an experienced, non-paid reader who provides feedback on plot, character, setting, spelling, grammar, readability, and writing style. A beta reader’s feedback focuses on what works and areas of improvement.

      If you wish to play a part in shaping unique stories, please contact Shobhna at QueerInk@queer-ink.com


      Have a unique story to tell? We are always looking for quirky, queer, and fun stories to include in our potpourri of queer-friendly publications. We believe in collaborating with writers in a way that ensures that the end result is of the highest quality.

      Please check Calls for Submissions for more information.

  • Stories we will not publish

    • Although we welcome edgy works, we do have a few exceptions.

      Here are a few storylines we will not publish:

      • Do not write about someone else’s coming out experience,
      • “Meet, greet, do you have a room, let us have sex.” Please don’t submit stories with emotionless sex or which are titillating in nature.
      • Stories where the characters “opt for” a queer lifestyle because of a failed heteronormative relationship.
      • Unsafe sexual practices—we urge the writer to consider if this is necessary or appropriate to the development of character and story.
      • Inflammatory religious writings

      We explicitly do not accept works depicting:

      pornography, rape, incest, child abuse, bestiality, graphic violence for the sake of it, paedophila (adult sex with minors which is NOT the same as homosexuality).

‘If the story is in you, it has got to come out.’

William Faulkner

  • Be open to criticism

    • The most important part, and we cannot emphasise this enough, of being a writer is being open to criticism.

      Accepting criticism is crucial for you to improve your skill. Whether you are having your book beta read by your friend or edited by a professional editor, have an open mind toward all the feedback that you receive. A professional editor is eventually also your reader.

      However, someone’s dislike for your work may result from a bias. In which case, get another opinion. Speaking of bias, if you are having your book beta read by close friends and family, ask them to be ruthless in their feedback.

      Don’t sulk because someone didn’t like your way of writing dialogues. Make note of their feedback and work on it. Ninety percent of the time, the person giving you feedback is right. It’s their perception of your work, and that is how the readers will perceive it too. It only makes sense that you make sure your book is the best that it can possibly be, which involves working on the issues pointed out by a ‘reader’.


  • Understand the Process of Publishing

    • The process of publishing can seem complicated unless one takes the effort to understand it. It will help protect your interests as a writer and make sure that you don’t get the short end of the stick.

      There is a plethora of content related to publishing available online. Read through it and arm yourself with all the relevant information. You can also write in to us and we will try to help out in whatever way we can.


  • Honing your skill

    • Writing is about expressing yourself. It lets you go places. And it allows others to visit the places you’ve been. Whether you write because it makes you happy or it’s just something you’re good at or you have something to share, we believe evaluating your feelings about your own writing as well as that of others is important to develop an authentic and genuine writing voice.

      Every writer has strengths and weaknesses. You could be great at writing dialogue but not so great at plot development. Figure out your strengths and weaknesses and work on them. Ask yourself, what is the kind of writing you usually do? What kind of writing doesn’t seem like work at all? What is the typical length that you enjoy writing? Who is your audience? Whom do you enjoy writing for? Identify your writing process and work toward enhancing it to ensure high productivity.


  • Writer’s Responsibility

    • ‘Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. [. . .] It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.’

      Enid Bagnold

      What do you owe yourself when you write? What do you owe to your readers?

      What is written is often not the same as what is read, both being subjective and dependent on individual characteristics and experiences. Thus, it is imperative that you, as a writer, are able to create an interaction, which offers enough consistency to the reader.

      To become a better writer, to be more productive and fruitful, a complete understanding of your role is important. It will help you to be more goal-oriented, more introspective, and to come to terms with your shortcomings.

      One of your key responsibilities is that you completely understand and are able to relate to the reader. For this, you have to know who your target audience is, their age group and the typical demographics in order to gauge and, if needed, adjust your writing style. A reader should be able to understand what the writer is trying to say without having to mentally tax themselves (unless of course, the very goal is to do that).

      You have an audience, you are telling a story that needs to be shared. Be true to that story and to the ones listening to that story.


After the smashing success of our first anthology, Queer Ink is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our next collections of short stories. That’s right, collections! We are launching three new anthologies in the next year and we can’t do it without your stories!

We welcome regional language submissions and, for selected stories, will work with authors and translators to create English versions. All anthologies will be in English. All accepted stories will go through a professional editing process in which writers will retain ultimate control of story content.

Writers may be of any gender identity as long as the story features a primary character who is queer. As always, we welcome inquiries from unpublished authors—all you need is talent, passion, and a story to tell.

We are currently not reading short story submissions which are not of the themes listed here. However, if you have a unique novel idea, we want to hear from you!

We are also thrilled to announce that we are welcoming submissions for fan fiction for our blog. This is going to be an ongoing project with weekly posts of short fan fiction. This is your chance to write about your favourite movie or TV characters and shape their stories the way you want to! Want your fan fiction to be posted on our blog? Write to us at QueerInk@queer-ink.com.

  • A Lot Like Love

    • The theme of our next anthology is ‘Love’.

      Is your story about love at first sight or about love that has almost become camaraderie after years? Is it about love between youth or love between veterans? Is it about a passionate, whirlwind love that defied time or about a fleeting love that withered away? We want to hear your stories about this logic-defying feeling that leaves the best of us baffled.

      Make it sappy or cynical, but take us on a journey that will leave us with more feelings than when we began.

      The deadline for wooing us is 31 May 2016 via submissions@queer-ink.com

  • Pleasure Talks

    • It’s time we spoke about desire. Re­indulge, re­live, and re­imagine our desi queer fantasies—vanilla or otherwise.

      Tales of love. Tales of lust. Tales of want. Tales of satisfaction. We welcome them all. Send us your erotic tales of desire, be they based in reality or fantasy, concocted or experienced. You choose the genre; romance, mystery, sci­fi, comedy, or coming­ of ­age . . . anything, really! Just promise to keep it real spicy.

      All entries will be read by a panel of queer experts. There is no deadline for this anthology. The ones that really scorch our panel and are perfumed by a great narrative will make it to our first anthology on Indian Queer Erotica.

      The deadline for wooing us is 31 May 2016 via submissions@queer-ink.com

  • For Women, By Women

    • Our anthology with the theme ‘Women’ will explore lesbian characters whose lives, despite all the advancements of feminism, remain woefully hidden.

      The stories can be about sexual awakening, womanhood, discrimination, romantic relationships, motherhood, or angst. We are looking for interesting and unique perspectives that can throw a light on these rarely talked about issues.

      Feel free to set your story in any genre, time, or place, and don’t be afraid to push boundaries and explore taboo issues, but give us memorable, strong protagonists who will carve a place in our hearts.

      The deadline for this anthology is 31 May 2016. Email us on submissions@queer-ink.com

  • Something Spooky This Way Comes

    • This anthology ventures into the unknown with its ‘spooky’ theme.

      We are looking for scary aliens, mythological monsters, alternate universes, magic demons, undead creatures, and everything in between. Your story can be set in science fiction, horror, or fantasy fiction genre, but it has to leave us with an unnerving creepy-crawly feeling.

      So keep the heebie-jeebies coming via submissions@queer-ink.com, by 31 May 2016.


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