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Shuddhashar Submissions

Shuddhashar publishes rigorous, analytical, and reflective writings in the forms of magazine articles, op-eds, reviews, long-form, and blogs. We do not have staff writers. Instead, we rely on contributions from free-lance writers, academics, students, activists, and creative writers, many of whom we solicit for specific topics. We always welcome new writers and ideas and encourage you to browse the website in order to suggest a topic that fits our themes. We seek articles that address critical issues about freedom of speech, human rights, democracy, freethinking, environmental responsibility, LGBTIQ+ rights, women’s rights, and literature. Our target regions are global, including but not limited to: South Asia, Southeast and East Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe, the UK, and the US.

We seek articles that provoke and encourage critical thinking and analysis from different perspectives. We do not publish writings that are hateful to one group or another.

Duties and Responsibilities of Editor and Author

Shuddhashar is a member of the Norsk Redaktørforening (Norwegian Association of Editors).

As such, the editor and publisher of Shuddhashar is obligated to safeguard freedom of expression, press freedom, and freedom of information. The editor shall also promote free dissemination of information and open, honest, and truth-seeking writing.

Authors are responsible for their content, opinions, and their representation of facts. It is the responsibility of the author to fact check information before submission, to provide proper acknowledgement of original sources through citations if warranted, and to ensure that the writing has not been previously published under their or another’s name. The author bears all responsibility for any of their writing that offends or misleads readers.

Shuddhashar Publishing Policy:

By publishing in Shuddhashar, authors guarantee that their submission is their original work and that it has not been previously published elsewhere (unless republication has been agreed to in advance by author and both publishers). Shuddhashar retains rights to promote articles by, for example, disseminating links to articles through social media platforms.

Authors are also responsible for guaranteeing that any artwork or images submitted with their article are their own, have been purchased, or are not copyright protected. If images are free-use, authors are required to provide all information concerning proper citations for use in Shuddhashar.

Shuddhashar’s Author Re-publication Policy:

After three months from the date of publication in Shuddhashar, authors are free to reprint their work in any publication, subject to acknowledging Shuddhashar (with link, date, and section/issue number) as the original publisher.

We ask that you promote the Shuddhashar magazine, including your article and others you find interesting, through social media and other avenues.

Submission guidelines:

Magazine articles center on themes of critical, contemporary relevance and are determined by the editor in advance. Typically, we solicit articles from writers for the magazine. If you wish to be considered for a future issue, please contact us. If you have an idea for a theme, we welcome your suggestion.

  1. The word limit is typically 1700-2000, unless otherwise stated.
  2. Directions for authors:
    • Submit your completed article by the deadline (midnight in your time zone). Submissions made after the deadline may be rejected.  
    • Submit your article as Word Doc attachment
    • Include your Title and Author’s name as you would like it published at top of first page.
    • At the bottom of last page, please include a biography about yourself written in prose and in the third person of approximately 70 words or less. You may include as little as you wish about your identity and current residence. If you are an ICORN or PEN guest, please state that.
    • You may use in-text citations, hyperlinks, or endnotes (not footnotes) and bibliography (any reputable style). Although citations are not required, especially for testimonials, we strongly encourage the use of citations in articles that address contemporary political issues or theories.
    • Submit a profile photo of yourself.
    • Please be aware that your article will go through an editorial review before publication. Articles will be edited for clarity and grammar. If substantive changes need to be made, the author will be notified.
  3. Photos or images can be included but need to be either from your personal collection or have no copyright restriction. It is the author’s responsibility to confirm that images are not restricted. We prefer an image that is abstract or representative of your writing.  (For article heading, the image should be approximately 700 px x 330 px. In-text images can by any size.)  If the image is from another website and is not copyright protected, please provide the URL link. We may edit the image to fit the theme of the magazine, if necessary.

We expect writers for our Eassy section to produce commentaries on contemporary sociopolitical issues and events that demand rigorous scrutiny, constructive criticism, and sober reflections. We encourage unsolicited articles. We will reply within ten days if interested.  Please be aware that your article will go through an editorial review before publication. After receiving your Essay, we will reply with edits if needed. Acceptance is not guaranteed.

  1. The word limit is 800-1500. Please submit your writing as a Word document. In the document, give the essay title together with a short, concise bio (70 words) highlighting your expertise in the field you have written on.
  2. Submit a profile photo of yourself.
  3. If required, Shuddhashar reserves the right to make necessary changes or improvements to the submitted work. If the work deserves significant changes, Shuddhashar will first consult with the author.
  4. We do not publish articles that summarise IGO and NGO reports.

We expect our long-from writers to produce in-depth, detailed, and nuanced analyses, preferably of contemporary socio-political issues or significant historical events.

  1. Send a pitch, and we will reply within ten days if interested.  After receiving the long-form article, we will reply within three weeks with edits if needed. Acceptance is not guaranteed.
  2. The word limit is 2000-4000 words.
  3. Please submit your writing as a Word document. The document should include your essay's title and a short, concise author bio (70 words).
  4. Submit a profile photo of yourself.
  5. If required, Shuddhashar reserves the right to bring any necessary changes/improvements to the submitted work. The author will be consulted if the work requires substantial editing.

Translation plays an indispensable role in the creation and communication of knowledge. This section aims at contributing to the larger struggle of breaking down language barriers and bringing people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds closer so that they can learn from each other — a prerequisite for creating a peaceful, tolerant world.

  1. If the translated piece was published on another platform, the translator should inform the editor beforehand. The translator must secure permission from the original author or their estate and provide this permission to the editor of Shuddhashar for their records.
  2. The translated piece should include a link to the original text (if available), a brief description of the original author, and the translator's short bio (70 words).
  3. Shuddhashar reserves the right to make grammatical and stylistic improvements to the translated work.
  4. The translation should be in any of the following three languages: Bangla, English or Norwegian.

We accept reviews of non-fiction books on political and philosophical issues and theories, aesthetics, key events, and figures from history. We also accept reviews of fiction books that address the human condition. These reviews should connect with Shuddhashar’s mission of promoting critical thinking and understanding of the human condition in its various manifestations.

  1. The book review should include a brief description of the author and a short bio of the reviewer (70 words)
  2. The word limit is 1000-1500.
  3. If the review was already published on another platform, the translator must inform the editor beforehand.
  4. We publish reviews of recently published books. The first edition of the reviewed book should not be more than three years old.  Exceptions may be considered if an older book suddenly has particular relevance to our current world (for instance: George Orwell’s 1984, Albert Camus’s The Plague), but in such cases the reviews need to be especially unique and thought-provoking.
  5. Book review can be written in Bangla, English or Norwegian.

We accept reviews of films and documentaries that reflect on the human condition or that deal with controversial issues and any uncomfortable truth. We do not publish reviews of films based on comics and video games.

  1. The word limit is 1000-1500.
  2. If the review was already published on another platform, the reviewer must inform the editor beforehand.
  3. We publish reviews of recently released films and documentaries. The film or documentary should have come out within the past 2 years.
  4. The film review can be written in Bangla, English or Norwegian.

Our blog section is dedicated to Rasel Parvez's memory. He was one of the first bloggers in the Bangla language. Rasel, a physicist by profession and a writer by avocation, penned brilliant pieces on a wide range of issues: from popular science to philosophy to religion. He was incarcerated for a brief period under section 57 of the Information Communication Act. Rasel, unfortunately, passed away a few years ago. We encourage new writers to make the best use of our blog section. Depending on the circumstances and quality of the work, we accept poetry and stories for the blog section. If found more suitable, articles submitted for the op-ed/long-form section could be instead published in the blog section.

Shuddhashar is publishing cartoons and art images for awareness and inspiration in our theme-based magazine issues and other sections such as Opinion. We are especially interested in political cartoons from anywhere in the world.
  1. Send images in high quality as jpg, gif, or png along with clear instructions about serial order and captions
  2. Include a short prose introduction in a Word document
  3. Include captions with translation (if necessary). These can be either brief or longer with analysis or explanation of context.
  4. If images are created by a single artist, please include a biography of up to 70 words in prose and written in the third person. If there are multiple artists, a brief description of name and place of origin or organization is sufficient.
  5. Numbers 2-4 should all be included in a single Word document submitted together with the images.
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