Call for Stories

The deadline for our first CFS has now passed. Thanks to all those who sent in their entries. For others who were too late, please wait until we send out a call for our next issue!

The inaugural issue of SF, slated for release on the day of the festival of Vishu (14 April) this year, will be themed around the idea of “reversal of expectations.” The sting in the tail or the volta is a popular, but challenging, narrative device by which a whole spectrum of themes and plots – traversing comic, tragic, and tragicomic modes – can be written. Some of the masters of the short story genre – Manto, Saki, Maupassant, Ambai, Basheer, Woolf, Joyce, and many more – have used the device of reversal/twist to stunning effects.

We challenge writers to try their hand at the volta, play with anagnorisis, epiphany, peripeteia – all dramatic devices – in the span of a short story of 4000 words or less. Write something riotously funny or gut-wrenchingly sad, but push the limits of the short story and upturn readerly expectations.

Please consult our submission guidelines and send in your entries (only one per person) by 21 March 2021.

All submissions are to be sent by email to:

“The only people who see the whole picture are the ones who step out of the frame.” — Salman Rushdie