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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Cha Journal seeks "Writing Malaysia"

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Deadline: February 14, 2020

We are happy to announce that in June 2020 Cha will be publishing a special “Writing Malaysia” issue. Submissions of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and art are accepted between 15 October 2019 and 14 February 2020. If you have something original, bizarre, daring or thought-provoking to say about Malaysia, we would like to hear from you.

Please note that we can only accept submissions in English or translated into English.

GUIDELINES: If you would like to have your poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and photography & art considered for Cha’s “Writing Malaysia” issue, please submit your work by email to Please include “Writing Malaysia” in the subject line.

Submissions to the issue must conform to our guidelines:

Literary genres
// Poetry: 1 to 4 poems; no more than 60 lines each
// Fiction and creative non-fiction: 1 to 2 pieces; 100 to 5000 words each
// Photography & art: 1 to 10 pieces
// "Lost Teas": Works from any of the above genres which have been previously published in journals/magazines that have now folded. If submitting for "Lost Teas", please include the periodical and issue/date the work appeared. Please note that this is the only place we accept reprints.

// Send submissions via email to
// Please consult these page(s) for the appropriate email subject line(s): Issue 45 (June 2019), Feature on Tiananmen (June 2019) and the "Auditory Cortex" Special Issue (April 2019)
// If you are sending us work in different genres, please send them in seperate emails
// All writings should be included in the body of the email (i.e. no attachments)
// Include a brief biography (no more than 100 words)
// If you are sending us a piece of travel writing, please also consider inserting images to the piece. Here is an example
// Submit all visual work in jpeg format
// Simultaneous submissions are welcomed, but notify us as soon as possible if a piece is accepted for publication elsewhere
// Apart from "Lost Teas" submissions (see above), all work must be original and previously unpublished

NOTE: Submissions that do not comply to our guidelines will not be read. We only notify writers/artists whose work has been accepted for publication in the journal.

Although we are very willing to comment on published works (see A Cup of Fine Tea), please note that we are unable to provide feedback on all submitted pieces.

Authors retain all rights. We would appreciate it, however, if you indicate that your work was first published in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal in any subsequent publication.

We regret we are unable to pay our contributors at this time.

Response time
4-6 months. Please consider your submissions unsuccessful if you do not hear from us after 6 months.

Cha commits to nominating contributors' work for awards and recognition. Nominations are announced on the Cha blog.

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