About

MeanPepperVine is our lair, our cottage in the mountains where we safe-keep all the special things that ‘quicken our hearts.’

The Mean Journal is an online literary magazine based in India. We publish original fiction, tales of free-spirited voyagers, artworks, photo essays, and thoughts on the written word. We adore stories and love foraging for words, daydreaming about snippets from our favorite poems, setting off on voyages to coasts unknown, and geeking out on gorgeous illustrations and photographs.

Those that quicken the heart:

Black Tea. Masahisa Fukase. Snake Plants. Khawthlangtuipui. Habit Rouge. Varanasi. The Ganges. Sans Soleil. Vangchhia. Knize Ten. Waiting for Godot. Mountains. Dayanita Singh. Sunday Mornings. Hampi. Indie Bookstores. Toba Tek Singh. Instant Light by Tarkovsky. Adil Jussawalla.

Team MeanPepperVine:

Founder/EditorRuati Chhangte is the founding editor, gofer, clueless tech person and reader in chief at Meanpeppervine. A passionate gardener, photobook collector and black tea addict, she has a writing related day job, and also moonlights as a freelance fiction editor on occasion.

Fiction EditorSalini Vineeth is a Bangalore-based fiction writer. She is passionate about reading and writing fiction, and has a soft spot for well-crafted short stories, the kind of stories you can’t stop thinking about. She is looking forward to read new writers and soul-stirring writing.

Frequent Collaborators:

Alyssa Pachuau is an artist from Manipur.

Davidson Yambem is an artist from Manipur.

Manoa Ralte is a radio personality from Aizawl, Mizoram.

We welcome submissions and are open to collaborating with storytellers. For submission and collaboration related queries please refer to our Submission Guidelines.

Find The Mean Journal on Instagram @MeanPepperVine