Tuesday, May 23, 2006

In a feminine tongue

Zubaan is planning to produce an anthology of short fiction showcasing new women writers from South Asia. Called the 'Zubaan book of new writing by young women', the book will focus on works by young writers in their 20s and 30s.

* The writers should be women of South Asian origin, but may be based anywhere in the world. Non-resident Indian writers as well as those in India are encouraged to write in.
* Stories can be of any length, ideally anywhere between 2-5,000 words, and should be complete stand-alone narratives.
* All submissions must be in English.
* The anthology will be of fictional writing, and a variety of genres will be included- from humourous pieces to science fiction, fantasy, detective stories, and other forms, which may fall under the general rubric of 'speculative fiction'.
* Preference will be given to unpublished stories.

Selection will be on merit, and the stories would be read by Zubaan's in-house editorial team. The final selection for inclusion would rest with the Editor.

Complete stories should be sent as word attachments to:
with the subject line "Submission for Young Writers Anthology". Along with their story, writers should email a short biography about themselves, including details of their published writings (if any).

Responsibility for the editing, design, production and sales of the book rests with the publishers. Copyright for individual pieces would rest with the respective authors, but rights in the anthology as a whole would rest with the publishers, who will actively pursue the sale of translation and co-publication rights for the book.
Selected writers will receive a modest fee for their work.

All submissions should be received by July 31st 2006.

Zubaan is a small independent feminist publisher, based in New Delhi. Headed by Urvashi Butalia, who co-founded India's first feminist press, Kali for Women, Zubaan is committed to publishing books by, for, on, and about women and women's issues in South Asia for an international market.