Monday, July 9, 2012

The Sangam House Residency Programme


The Sangam House applications close on July 31. 
Their residency offers a brilliant opportunity to writers from all over the world to live and work in an environment of creativity. 
As their website states:
The intention of Sangam House is to bring together writers from around the world to live and work in a safe, peaceful setting, a space made necessary on many levels by the world we now live in. 
Get your applications in on time:

Out of Print Submissions

Out of Print is an online literary quarterly for short fiction with a connection to the Indian subcontinent.
We seek original writing in English or translated into English that is strong, well-crafted and reflects the pace and transition of our times. Based out of India, we are interested in submissions with a connection to the subcontinent from around the world. We encourage new writers and we encourage writing that tells a story.

No previously published work unless solicited

Word count between 1000 and 4000

Submissions to be cut and paste into the body of an email to 

Subject line should contain the word 'SUBMISSION' only

A cover letter with name, postal address, email address and telephone number

A short, approximately, 150 word biographical sketch

No attachments please.
Which means, of course, that all the material – story, cover letter, biographical sketch – to be included in the body of the email

One story at a time, please

Line spacing, 2, no special fonts

Simultaneous submissions are accepted - please inform us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere

No offensive, excessively violent or sexually explicit writing

On acceptance we may ask you to work with us on editing the story

Submissions all year round

We are a quarterly - we may take the entire three months before responding

Please wait one month after withdrawing or hearing from us about a submission that is in process before submitting again

If your work has been accepted, we probably won't publish another of your pieces in a consecutive issue

Copyright remains with the author. Out of Print has first electronic rights and e-archival rights. Should your piece be reprinted, we request the courtesy of an acknowledgement stating that the piece was first published in Out of Print with a link, if possible. Sending us a submission is tantamount to accepting this agreement.

No payment, unfortunately – we continue to seek sponsors.
In the mean time, we hope you will contribute to one of India's first online literary magazines dedicated to the short story.

For more on the kind of writing that interests us, and the reasons we may reject a submission, check Six Questions For Out of Print 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Out of Print 8

The June 2012 issue of Out of Print goes live  in July! Which might cause some sense of being out of sync among our readers. But we trust they have the faith and imagination to handle it.

In this issue we are pleased and proud to present six new stories.

We feature Rahul Soni’s metaphoric and finely told Local. A man on a local train in Mumbai finds himself transported to a place that echoes his emptiness of purpose, a solitary space where all is minimised to the random, to the accidental. Radhika Venkatarayan’s The History of Objects also examines a minimal existence, although her story is about acquisition and the meaning of letting go. The Brothers Kansara, an extract from Vidya Samson’s Indian Maiden’s Bust Loose uses a light hearted and amusing style to deconstruct the meaning of family and the mindlessness of social constraints. In Mansha Tandon’s The Invisible Constituency the reader must once again confront societal constraints, this time, with devastating consequences – the mass produced working environment of the young technology recruit allows little room for individuality. Anubha Yadav’s Naked Gods told from the point of view of a child is an intensely observant piece that follows the disintegration of a young man who is unable to come to terms with the corruption of his own innocence. Sashikanta Mishra’s Deerskin deals with a different scale and scope of corruption – social and institutional. Balance is perturbed when an unshakeably honest forest officer is posted in the region and only a higher power can resolve the situation. 

The issue features art by Anju Dodiya entitled The Difficulty