• Open to all residents of Goa, Goans in the diaspora, and non-Goans exploring Goa-related issues, this quarterly journal peer-reviews and showcases literary writing which includes the short story (upto 3,000 words), flash fiction (upto 500 words) poetry (upto 3 poems), and short memoir and travel writing (upto 2,000 words).

  • You may also submit art, art-related articles, photography and book reviews which if selected will be published by us. Please refer to our style-guide, here, before submitting. We absolutely do not republish articles including those published on blogs or Face Book pages.

  • Your submission must be sent as a word document. Please do not attach a pdf.

  • To submit, email your entry to the subject line: ‘Joao Roque Review Submission’.

  • The body of your email must contain your name, and in case of translations, your name and that of the original author, an address and a short bio. Translations from Konkani, Marathi, and Portuguese are encouraged, as long as you have permission from the original author. In case your writing is featured, you will share the credit/prize along with the original author.  

  • We accept simultaneous and multiple submissions (up to 3). If your writing is accepted elsewhere for publication, please let us know as soon as possible. 

  • You retain full rights to your work. If the story or essay is republished, please do acknowledge as having 'first appeared in the Joao Roque Literary Journal.'

  • Please don't take rejection seriously. Keep sending us your stories. The goal is to keep writing!!


  • Your writing will enjoy a world-wide audience chiefly in America, Canada, Britain, Kenya, Portugal and India. Every issue of JRLJ is hosted on Goan Voice UK and other portals including Goan fora and social media.

  • Previously unpublished fiction and literary non-fiction writing will be judged at the end of each calendar year for an overall excellence award and a winner will be announced on our website.  The prize will be restricted to original entries and emerging writers only. Those who have been published by a major commercial publishing house will not qualify. The winning piece of writing will be awarded a cash prize of IRS 10,000 and it will be published on the regional newspaper The Goan.

  • Select writers will be invited to read their writing at a literary evening hosted at the Dogears Bookstore, Margoa, Goa.

  • We retain the right to publish your writing on our website, in a regional newspaper, and in an anthology. The world-wide copyright reverts back to the writer after first publication.

  • We are entirely self-funded and at this point in time unable to pay you. We do hope however to showcase your writing and mentor the craft.