Write for Setu

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Submission Guidelines

Welcome dear friend!

We accept original theoretical or research articles, book reviews, interviews, poems and short fiction, as electronic submissions via email as attached documents (Microsoft word only; 14-p0int; Times Roman). The important details like the name and affiliation of the author must be given in a brief covering letter in the main body of the message

A brief covering letter and a courteous tone are highly appreciated.
Submission (content) as a single attachment in the Times New Roman font; Size: 14; brief author-bio and recent profile pic, as two separate attachments: Total of three attachments (No PDFS, please). Subject line must be : Submission of Poem/ Fiction/ Article etc. The email must include the statement claiming that you have read the submission guidelines, you agree to the policy of the journal and that the submission is original and does not contain plagiarized material.

You are requested to maintain a gap of a minimum of three months between submissions. The same  should be emailed to SetuEdit@gmail.com. Simultaneous submissions not acceptable.

If not followed as per the given guidelines, the said submission is liable for summary rejection.

Wait for three months before making queries, please.
Due to large volumes of submissions, it takes time. The journal tries to shorten the wait period.
All submissions get duly processed; individually attended to and proper notifications sent.

Any content that promotes enmity or hatred of any kind or against any group or community or region or nationality is not acceptable for us. Porn, in the name of Art, is not accepted at all.

Note: Decision of Setu would be final and no explanation or reason should be asked or would be given. 

Format of the critical papers, articles and creative content

Authors are requested to follow the MLA style strictly, while preparing the research articles. Authors are also requested to include the following in the format of their critical articles/ essays/ creative/non-creative pieces:

1. Full title with subtitle, if any. Times New Roman font, size 14, bold (not all capital letters). Please do not underline the titles and italicize the in-text citations.
2. Name without title.
3. An abstract of the article of about 100-150 words.
4. Authors should note that the main body of the text should be prepared in such a way that no formatting is needed afterwards. Heading, sub-headings and illustrations should be well incorporated within the main body of the article. Times New Roman font, size 14 and justified.
5. There is no word-limit for path-breaking and quality articles. In general, well-argued essays/ articles should not exceed 5000-6000 words, inclusive of works cited.
6. All portions of the articles should be single-line spaced, with neutral background.
7. Author should be careful regarding grammatical and typographical errors.
8. All essays submitted must be in English for review. Quotations in languages other than English must be accompanied by translations and font file.
9. All images and other artifacts must be sent as attachments. Please do not embed images in the word documents.
10. Ensure that the background color is neutral and there are no white patches in your word document.
11. The docs---text; brief bio and a recent front picture---should be preferably sent as attachments.

Important points:

---Do not decorate your submission with lines, borders, special characters etc., which may lead to rejection.
---All citations should be at the end of the paper only.
---Footnotes should be avoided.

Fiction, Non-fiction (Creative), Poetry, Translation

Our mission is to publish the finest fiction (up to 10,000 words), with special attention to character-driven stories that examine the depths and heights of emotions and motivation from a broad variety of cultural and social perspectives. We are also interested in more experimental narratives as well as well-written flash fiction. Surprise us with your writing. There are no restrictions on subjects and themes. For poetry, we aim to publish challenging and engaging works by both established and emerging poets. Font and font-size remain as mentioned above. The content must be error-free and print ready.

Please note:

---Fiction: Submit one piece at one time. Literary or radical fiction preferred. Flash of 1000 words welcome. Two pieces of flash of 500 words, and, one piece of flash of 1000 words, at a time.
---Creative non-fiction and life stories, well-executed, are also considered.
---Poetry: Submit minimum three and maximum five poems. Radical style, theme and imagery most preferred. Send as attachment.
---Include a short third-person biographical note and a recent picture, as two separate attachments.
---Only previously unpublished works are considered.
---Write your full name without the academic title.

Important: For poetry, prose and articles submissions, please use bold font for the titles, centred on the left. Place your name after the first title and do not repeat in subsequent pieces (in case of poetry content of more than one). Do not underline the title/s; first letter, in uppercase only. Do not use copyright declaration, after each poem, as it distracts and arrests the flow. The copyrights rest with you as the poet/author. The compliance saves lot of work for the volunteers working as advisers on the edit board---Ed.


Please note:

---Unsolicited translations will not be accepted.

Process and formatting of the translation pieces:

---Such pieces are generally solicited.
---In case you are interested in translation, first, please get the editorial approval by sending a pitch about the original work and author. Once approved, send a brief introductory note, discussing the source and their current relevance, and, the translated text that must read natural, not trite or cliched in English. Credentials of the translator and pic also should be there, along with the picture of the author translated.
---Non-compliance will lead to rejection. No notification will be sent to the translators.


Interviews should be short and not exceed five pages at any cost. The literary conversations must show familiarity with the writer and discuss the technical issues related to craft, style, politics and vision, among other allied topics. These can serve as resource for future or present scholarship on a given author and their works.

At no point, the platform be used as a promotion for either of the two involved in the talk.

It must remain brief, objective, critical and analytical; not flattering. 

Please get the interviews approved before sending as a formal document---length and questions in general in order to avoid conflict of interest later on.
Interview pitches are welcome.

Serious writing is main focus.
Emerging and established voices can be probed through interviews.

Book Review

Please: get the pitch approved first. Formatting of the review: A covering note. The review follows the current international standards and should contain all the necessary publication and other important details about the author,book, year, pages, price, ISBN, visual of the cover page; a demonstrated familiarity with the domain, form and styles is highly appreciated by the edit team. Review/critique must be objective and should be maximum 1000 words. Setu does not do inhouse book reviews but welcomes outside ones for consideration.

Brief bios and recent pictures of the concerned authors and reviewers; along with the visuals of the books, must be there, as separate attachments, please.


Maximum five-seven minute recordings
Quality and high-resolution pictures
Clear voice
Audio in mp3 format and video in mp4 format
Large files be sent on We Transfer; crisp contents, compact files that can easily open 


Setu is entitled to publish submitted work in any form (online or in print). The editor-in-chief can also reproduce the submission in any form (book/ anthology) and authors will be reported about the publication in other form. We allow our authors flexible rights to republish and reproduce and distribute their published contents with third parties anywhere in any format on the following conditions:

1. The authors will inform the editor-in-chief about the intended republication or reproduction by third parties by sending a signed letter.

2. The authors will acknowledge credits to Setu as the first publisher and include the URL (the original link location) in their works.

No Fee and No Payment

All submissions to Setu are free. We do not charge any submission fee or reading fee. We  do not charge our readers. There is no provision for payment to authors.

Third-Party Contents

As a submitting author, curator, or editor of a work, you are responsible for legitimate ownership of the copyright including all third-party contents that were not created by you. Please do not send any material with unknown, or disputed ownership / copyright.

Plagiarism Policy

By submitting paper for publication to the journal, you as contributor/ author/ co-author state that:
You are fully aware that plagiarism is wrong and you know that plagiarism is the use of another person’s idea or published work and pretend that it is one’s own.

You declare that each contribution to your work from other people published or unpublished sources have been acknowledged and the sources of information have been referenced.

You certify that you will not allow anyone to copy your work with the intention of passing it off as his/her own work.

You certify that you are solely responsible for any incomplete reference that may remain in your work.

Publication of books

In case of publication of books of poetry, prose or other forms of creative writing, the interested authors are welcome to submit a precise presentation in word doc that contains the respective book proposals, along with a brief publication history, declaration of originality and non-plagiarism of the content and author-bio for technical and professional evaluation by the team of editors and experts of the given fields. Setu publishes select books on purely merit and quality and operates on no-profit and no-loss basis only. The email id remains the same: setuedit@gmail.com. The process of edit review might take three months or so. Please visit Setu Publications Showcase for more details of our publishing process.

Guest editors and their job

An opportunity for dedicated and volunteering authors to create further value-addition through their rich contributions by guest-editing some special editions of the journal for niche audiences. The primary aim of sending of such a special invitation to a select and distinguished author is to have a further collaboration---creative and critical--- with them and via such singular projects, of wider engagements with the reading and writing communities of the world.

Here are the main responsibilities of a guest editor:


---Select a theme in consultation with the Setu editors
---A concept note on the approved theme for circulation and publicity
---Create a particular id
---Deadline (for the guest editor)
---No PDFs. Word docs only. 14-point. Times Roman.
---A declaration of originality and no-plagiarism by the submitting contributor
---Professionally-done selection of the submissions and editing
---List of the contents to be sent that must include: Itemized mode: (guest editorial; list of the contributors and their brief bios, pictures and texts within a single file)
---The updated bio and a recent picture of the guest editor as the last item
---Deadline for Setu: 25th of the given month
---Cooperation with the main editorial team of Setu during production process
---Print-ready, error-free material to be sent to the commissioning editor/ editor. The same is forwarded for publication by Anurag Sharma, editor-in-chief and publisher from Pittsburgh, USA
---Sending of the live link by the guest editor to the contributors, first week of the succeeding month.

Guest editors, please note while submitting the material for special editions:

1. Photos of participating authors may be submitted in a zip file. JPEG is our preferred image format. Please name the images as name-surname.ext, making sure that there are no spaces in file names.
2. A word file with bio and and submission of each poet, in alphabetical order by poet's first names
3. A numbered list of the poets either in the beginning of the file mentioned in (2), or as a separate list.
4. Your guest editorial

Please note: Non-compliance with the given guidelines will automatically lead to a summary rejection of the submissions and no notification sent to the concerned writers.