new issue

bengal lights welcomes submissions from all around the world. we especially urge writers of bangladeshi origin to submit. 

guidelines print issue

bengal lights seeks submissions in poetry, fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, personal essays and memoir. we will also consider short plays, artwork, photo essays and graphic novels. translations from all languages will be considered. they should be accompanied by photocopies of the original work. we are also looking for fast-paced, on-site reportage on current issues.

we will not consider book reviews, critical literary essays, or academically-oriented work. please submit only previously unpublished work. however, in the case of translations, depending on special cases (such as promoting upcoming bangladeshi writers, for example) and editorial discretion, previously published pieces will be considered. prose pieces have a limit of 5000 words. the prose word limit will be relaxed in the case of outstanding work. poems have no limit. simultaneous submissions are welcome but do notify us about it.

please adhere to strict standards in terms of misspellings, typos, grammar and syntax. works deficient in these areas will not be considered. we reserve the right to edit works as we see fit and to work with the writer on proposed re-writes and re-edits.

the 2017 issue was launched at the dhaka lit fest 2017. the last date for submissions for the 2018 issue is 31st august 2018. all submissions after that date will be considered for 2019, or later issues.

please send your work at write “submission print issue” in the subject line. a brief cover letter should be in the body of the email: include name, address, email address and the title. send work as word attachments. do not send docx attachments or text in the body of emails.

guidelines website

the website will be developed in the coming months. as befits a dynamic medium it will aspire to be far more topical and interactive: blogs, videos, book reviews, opinions, etc. in short, all the various elements that make for an interactive and vivacious website. please send us your suggestions regarding the site's evolution and development.

works for the website can be submitted in any genre and nothing is off-limits. previously published works can be considered if deemed suitable and relevant; if submitting such writing, please indicate previously published when and where. send your submissions for the website at please clearly state “submission website” in the subject line.

contact us with any questions or concerns related to your work at
contributors will receive two copies of the print issue in which their work appears.
the final selection of the material will be made by the editor.

was published in November 2018
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