Where possible, we feature the works we publish in the original language alongside the translations. When using Submittable please submit the translation and in the cover letter state what you know about the rights to the original piece. Also be prepared to provide bios and a short translator's note about the piece.
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Indian Language Literature Feature
Our January 2017 issue will unveil our first Special Feature on Indian language literature! We seek previously unpublished English translations of Indian language work by contemporary writers who are disenfranchised and underrepresented by the hegemonies within Indian society.
Ever since its last general election in 2014, India has been subsumed by heated political arguments about the rights and systematic persecution of minorities and minoritized voices. Writers have been victims as well as dissidents in this conflict. Karnataka and Maharashtra saw targeted attacks on “rationalist” and Dalit writers. In Tamil Nadu a writer publicly declared he’d give up writing, when his book faced right-wing demands for censorship. Across the country, from Punjab to Gujarat to Kerala, writers returned their national honors in protest.
Our goal, for this Special Feature, is to honor the social and political agency of Indian language literature, and create a space for the ideas and literary talent of those writers that have been historically marginalized by India’s patriarchal, caste-based narrative. We are looking for works translated into English from any Indian language, on any topic, by any writer who resists or is excluded from this narrative due to caste, gender, sexuality, religion, or geography.
We welcome up to 15 pages of single-spaced poetry and double-spaced prose (fiction and nonfiction), and up to 20 pages of drama (one-act or excerpted). Although it is impossible for one special feature to fully represent the astonishing breadth of Indian languages, cultures, politics, and landscapes, we hope in this small way to celebrate the diversity and dissent within Indian writing.
Only if submitting here via Submittable is not possible, you may send your piece via email to India Editors-at-Large Poorna Swami and Naheed Patel. Please read the general guidelines below before submitting work or contacting us with questions. Spread the word!
Deadline: November 1, 2016
For our Writers on Writers feature in every issue, we continue to invite, as always, essays (written in English, passionately, in less than 2500 words) about a relatively unknown author writing in a language other than English that deserves more attention from the English-speaking world. All other requirements apply. Rolling deadline.