As the online content for Bad Form grows to exciting new heights, we want anyone who chooses to write for us to feel equally as inspired. We want to hear your voice loud and clear, so we’re excited to announce the launch of We Want Your Words

Every month, there will be a chosen theme for you to write on; it will be culturally relevant and hopefully, inspire more personable writing about topics Bad Form wants to shine a light on. Whether this is the first piece of writing you’ve chosen to submit or you’re a longstanding contributor to Bad Form, we want to hear what you have to say. We think short stories, literary essays and poems are the best form for We Want Your Words so on this occasion, we won’t be accepting book reviews.

Our first theme is A Suitable Boy. The 1993 novel by Vikram Seth has recently been adapted into a BBC drama and has received mixed reviews in it’s first week of airing. Seth’s novel has long been applauded for its representations of love in post-partition India, the Hindu-Muslim conflict, the caste system as well as highlighting many other important issues. However, the new series has faced criticism regarding it’s stereotypes of South Asian culture, the limited spoken Hindi and Urdu as well as the series being written by Andrew Davies, a British writer who notably adapted Pride and Prejudice and War & Peace for the small screen.

Whether you’ve read the book, watched the series or done neither, we’re intrigued to hear what you have to say about the topics unearthed by A Suitable Boy. Proposed writing for We Want Your Words could be on the representation of Indian partition within literature, depictions of romance and sexuality within South Asian communities or even, the ways South Asian narratives are often side-lined in favour of a Westernised gaze. You can find some interesting prompts in this article and this Twitter thread. Note: we’re not looking for a TV or book review so get creative! 

Submissions for We Want Your Words: A Suitable Boy will be open for two weeks and will close on August 14th. We will pick the most interesting and thought provoking pieces and publish them on our website in a free to download pamphlet.

There’s no word limit for poetry submissions whilst literary essays and short stories can be up to 1,500 words. As usual, submissions are open to those from Black, Asian and marginalised community backgrounds across the globe. You may enter as many submissions as you like.

We cannot pay for submissions at this time (though are actively working to change that).


Please submit via the Google Form here.

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Quarterly literary review magazine by Black, Asian, and marginalised community writers.