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Call for Papers – Issue 62.2: Focus on Asia and the Indian Ocean Region

Submissions are now open for Issue 62.2: Westerly‘s second print issue for 2017, a themed issue with a special focus on Asia and the Indian Ocean Region.

We would like to extend an invitation to submit works of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and essays relevant to this theme.

Submission deadline: August 31st 2017.

Submission is through Westerly‘s online portal only.

This special print issue of Westerly continues the Magazine’s exploration of Australia’s (and especially Western Australia’s) geographic and cultural position within the Asian and Indian Ocean region. While deeply rooted in Australian creative writing, the Magazine has historically situated itself within a broader literary landscape, enriched by influences from Asia, India, West Africa and the Middle East.

Westerly 62.2 is dedicated to opening a creative space to foster these diverse cultural networks, and explore the connections between Australia and our geographic region. It will combine commissioned work, from international writers and organisations publishing in this area (including the China Australia Writing Centre and the Australia-Korea Foundation), with submissions from a general call out.

We are looking for writing which engages with the connections between Australia, Asia and the Indian Ocean Region, in any genre and from any perspective. We encourage both Australian and international authors to submit. This issue follows a history of westward-looking special issues, available for free download from the Digital Archive. For inspiration, and for the context of Westerly‘s past engagement with Asia and the Indian Ocean, go see:

All submissions should observe the theme, and standard requirements apply:

Poetry: maximum of five poems, with maximum 50 lines each
Fiction and creative nonfiction: maximum 3500 words
Essays: maximum 5000 words
Reviews: between 500-700 words, to be published online or in print

Submission is through Westerly‘s online portal only.

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