Call for New Asian Short Stories

Call for New Asian Short Stories

This is an invitation to Asian writers, as well as writers of Asian origin/background living in diaspora, to submit new and previously unpublished short stories for a volume of Asian stories to be edited by Professor M.A. Quayum and published by Silverfish Books, Kuala Lumpur. We welcome stories of the highest quality from new, emerging and established writers, on any theme, but preferably on issues dealing with multiculturalism, racial/ethnic/religious harmony and rights of minorities, women and children. Stories addressing issues of identity of culturally uprooted people and their “exilic” condition are also welcome.

Stories should be submitted in Microsoft Word document to via email. Submissions close on 31 December 2017 and the edited volume is expected to come out by September 2018.

Terms and conditions of entry:

  1. Submission ought to be new, unpublished and not submitted elsewhere.
  2. Each author is allowed to submit only one story.
  3. Stories must be in English, typed double-spaced in Times New Roman.
  4. Stories should be between 2000-5000 words in length.
  5. Submissions in any other genre are not considered.
  6. Writers should include their name, a short summary of the story (200 words) and an author profile (100 words max.) on the cover page of the submission.
  7. No submissions will be accepted by post or after the deadline.
  8. Only successful writers will be contacted after the review process.
  9. Successful writers will not be paid any honorarium but will be entitled to a free copy of the book and additional copies at an author discounted price.
  10. Copyright of the individual story will remain with the author but copyright of the book will belong to the publisher and the editor.
  11. Further queries on the project should be sent to


About the Editor

M.A. Quayum is Professor of English at the International Islamic University Malaysia and Adjunct Professor in the School of Humanities at Flinders University, Australia. He has published 32 books and more than 100 articles in different areas of literature. Quayum is the founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of Asiatic: An International Journal of Asian Literatures, Cultures and Englishes (indexed in Scopus and Thomson Reuters). He has previously edited 2 collections of Asian short stories: A Rainbow Feast: New Asian Short Stories (Singapore: Marshall Cavendish, 2010) and Twenty-two New Asian Short Stories (Kuala Lumpur: Silverfish Books, 2016).