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 – email@example.com
- 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- Original and unpublished media will be preferred.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 print the content to make available as handouts or digests of articles for students, NGOs, participants of trainings and other such audiences. TARSHI may also translate the published content into Hindi, advertise and/or publish the content on social media including Facebook, Twitter, and similar online platforms or make print versions available as handouts or digests.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
This section has selected cross posts from other blogs and websites relevant to the issue of the month. It features photo essays, personal opinions, articles, poems and other resource links that have been previously published. Feel free to send us recommendations of posts that you think we could include here.
Content Syndication Policy
All content on this e-Magazine is copyrighted. Please write to us for permission if you wish to reproduce or republish any content. The entries are allowed to be syndicated provided that:
- The content is properly attributed as per the following:
- For original work: The republished article must carry the blurb: “This article [or review/post/video/interview] was originally published in the [month, date] edition of In Plainspeak, an e-magazine on issues of sexual and reproductive health in the Global South.” In addition, the author must be attributed along with their bio as published in In Plainspeak.
- For content syndicated by TARSHI: The reposted article must carry the blurb: “Curated by TARSHI in [add month and year] in their e-magazine, In Plainspeak [with ‘In Plainspeak‘ hyperlinked to where the article was posted in this e-Magazine].” In addition, the author must be attributed along with a link to the original source.
- No commercial gain is made by content syndication, including the display of advertisements around the content.
- Once republished, a link to the article/post be emailed to us at email@example.com.
All syndicated content should abide by TARSHI’s submission policy. In cases that may require exceptions, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. This policy is subject to change without any prior notice.