Updates: Issue / Nominations | Mid 2019


Hello, dear readers, writers and contributors,

It was in mid March — only a little over three months before now — that we began accepting submissions for the fourth issue of Bold + Italic. The entry of genres picked up wonderful pace initially and during the time that numbers were gradually surpassing each previous number, we added to our positivity by nominating some poems for Best Indian Poetry 2019, those being:

• Time Warp, Simran Keshwani

• A Whiff of Spice, Uma Venkatraman

• Black, Divya Devarajan

• A Rube Goldberg Day, Aditya Shankar

We moved further, wrote to each of our nominees and congratulated them. And all this time, on the other side of the road, numerous submissions kept appearing each day, made it to our door: some came in and had to leave even though we wanted them to stay; some stayed a little longer, took tea; some, some more tea; and there were others that never left and happily added up as family. — One is those was Monica Lewis’ humorous THE MOST GOLDEN TICKET, alongside David Appelbaum’s the bicycle man.

All of this did keep us quite busy — and the very added up family now appears as our Issue 04, with artwork by Jeremy Nathan Marks and Anne Casey as our featured poet this time.

It is a wonderful issue — has been compiled to be one — and while we plan to send a set of poems and fiction we published as nominations for Best of the Net this year, please take some time to go through it. It won’t be a time ‘wasted’!

Also, before we leave, we’re still open to creative nonfiction submissions and those of art; however, for the fifth issue, we are also soliciting some of our favourite writers for their wonderful works.

Stay tuned,


Lisa, Kat & Jayant

“April is the Cruellest Month”


But, by far, has it been so really?

Hello Wonderful Readers,

It’s been a bit over a month and a half now since the time that Issue 03 appeared. With a number of wonderful writers from far-off planets. With a wonderful artwork, from Jim Zola, which was an ‘at-a-glance’ selection.

So, this blog post today means to celebrate such writing — such wonderful writing. And, to say just so, we’re cheering for those pieces that we published in Issue 03, which were read the most:

  1. You Said I Can Nurture, Richard Thomas: a total of 155 people have read this poem so far.
  2. Moon, Fiona Perry: by far a total of 134 people have tracked her here.
  3. Perspectives on a Crime Scene, Alex Stolis: we’ve been receiving several emails saying that this set of poems is a beauty, while 123 people have read it thus.

But then, these are all poems, and the most read prose piece from our Issue 03 is Cristina Bresser de Campos’ Grandpa Orsini, which is a success in itself too — with 95 reads thus far.

On the other hand, while we have received 20 per cent more submissions this time than any of the previous issues, we’ve also been planning to nominate some poems from our first two issues for the Best Indian Poetry, further updates regarding which we’ll put up sometime soon — very soon, let’s hope!

And until then, we’re hoping to read more from you, be it fiction, nonfiction, poetry or else (and we wish to look at more art pieces very much!)


Kat, Lisa & Jayant

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PS: Have a look at Duotrope’s interview with one of us to know more about our preferences.

Cover photo: shot at Bandipora, Jammu & Kashmir, India; shot by Naureen.