Monday, September 03, 2007

Call for submissions to an anthology of Southeast Asian Literature

From Panitikan

Another late-on-the-news announcement on my part but aspiring writers still have two weeks to crank out something:

Southeast Asia has been a region long divided not only by geographical and cultural boundaries but by the question of identity and belonging. One anthology will attempt to present the shades of contemporary Southeast Asian experiences of cultural/sexual identity, globalization, immigrant/expatriate experience, third culture phenomena, and new technologies, among others.

The call for submissions is open to Southeast Asian writers and translators under 40 years old. The anthology will focus on works dealing with contemporary themes, or employing new forms in poetry; prose (fiction, travelogues, essays, blogs, text, etc); drama (one-act plays, short screen/teleplays); graphic arts and comics (under 30 pages long); and everything in between—literary experiments as well as genre works (horror, sci-fi, fantasy, etc, or combinations thereof). Works must be limited to 8,000 words and must be in English (translations must be accompanied by the original text). Previously published works are also welcome.

Please send submissions to, as attachments in MS Word document format. Deadline for manuscripts is September 15, 2007. Contributors will get multiple copies of the book.

The anthology editors are Jerome Kugan (Malaysia) and Mervin Espina (Philippines)

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