A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

We request authors to follow the format specified below while sending in their submissions.

General Submission Guidelines

  • Please address the mail subject as ‘category – full name’, for example, ‘I Column – (your full name)’ and email to – blogeditor@tarshi.net
  • Format: A Word document (doc or .docx) with English (UK) spellings. The font should be Times New Roman,12 Point and single-spaced.
  • Please send us the author’s biography of no more than 50 words.
  • Original and unpublished media will be preferred. In the event that the work was accepted for publication elsewhere, please inform us.
  • While we do not pay for submissions, we trust that this will be a useful platform to share your experiences and contribute to our eMagazine.
  • Any material that disrespects human dignity or offends people on the basis of caste, class, gender, race, religious affiliation, sexual and gender identities or disabilities will be rejected. TARSHI also reserves the right to choose and accordingly edit any submission that does not meet its standards. We also reserve the right to add editor’s note to any post to contextualize it for our audience.
  • Submissions in TARSHI’s eMagazine, In Plainspeak are copyright protected and owned by TARSHI, unless the author has explicitly requested to retain their rights. TARSHI may advertise and/or publish the content on social media including Facebook, Twitter, and similar platforms.
  • The author is however welcome to link to these articles in their personal blogs and websites, as long as TARSHI is credited. If the author would like to republish their work, please email for permission to blogeditor@tarshi.net.

The following are the details of each category:

The section has reviews of books Hot off the Press as well as older books including those that are considered to be classics in the field of sexuality. TARSHI’s eMagazine also publishes reviews of poetry, films, fiction, and non-fiction, exhibitions, events and prefers to review books by emerging writers and smaller publications.
Word Limit: 800 – 1200 words

Issue in Focus
An article focused on writing a nuanced perspective piece on the selected theme of the month. It can also include a particular campaign/movement in the region – history, the development of the movement, how mobilizing is happening, etc.
Word Limit: 800 – 1200 words

The ‘I’ Column
A personal account of how individuals see the theme affecting them and highlight their affirmation or violation in a variety of cultural and country settings.
Word Limit: 800 – 1200 words

This occasional column is a motley collection of poetry, fiction or non-fiction, music, viewpoints, op-eds.
Word Limit: 1000 – 1500 words

Visual Corner
This section will have film reviews, a collection of thematic videos along with a display of various forms of art.

Video Page: a collection of video interviews, short documentaries or thematic short films.
Word Limit: The video should be accompanied by a short note of 250 – 300 words.

Format: Video – mpeg/mp4 format, upload your video on YouTube and share the link with us or you can submit videos compressed for YouTube.

Brushstrokes: a display of artwork, photographs, cartoons etc.
A maximum of 5 photographs will be accepted in the case of visual art. Minimum Resolution: 1200 x 1800 pixels; size should not exceed 5 MB (megabytes).
Word Limit: A short note of 250 – 300 words describing the context.
Format: visual art in .jpeg, pdf and tiff files

For guest submissions/posts
We get a lot of submissions and might not be able to respond to your submissions right away. We will try to respond by four weeks, but sometimes we might take as long as six weeks. However, we reserve the right to decline submissions or to suggest changes before publishing them.

In Plainspeak publishes two issues fortnightly with a new theme each month. Submissions not pertaining to the theme of the month are also welcome.