Bernice Chauly, guest editor of the “Writing Malaysia” Issue of Cha. (Photo credit: Daniel Adams)

NOTE: The “Writing Malaysia” issue is postponed untill further notice.

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.

Bernice Chauly (please click HERE for Bernice’s biography) will be reading both the poetry and prose submissions with the co-editors Tamara Ho and Jeff Zroback.

We are also looking for books on or about Malaysia to review in the “Writing Malaysia” issue. We welcome submissions of review copies from publishers, authors and translators. If you have a recent book (2016 – 2019) of any genre about Malaysia you would like reviewed (and has not yet been reviewed in the journal), please write to our reviews editor Eddie Tay at for further discussion. Note that we will require print copies or pdf proofs no later than 15 January 2020 (the sooner the better) to be considered for use in the issue.

If you would like to propose to review a relevant book, film, art exhibition, or any other cultural production for the “Writing Malaysia” edition, please write to co-editor Tamara Ho at with your ideas no later than 30 January 2020 (again, the sooner the better). Please note that the reviewed items can be in Chinese or other languages, so long as the reviews are written in 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.

[See a list of Cha‘s special editions and features here.]


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  4. Sept 2020.
    I was born and grew up in Malaysia until I was 11. I went to the Convent in Malacca. I left relatives in Singapore I never met and two I met. They were mixed Singapore Chinese and English.
    I would love to read your literature and join you. With kind regards, Maggie.
    Email :


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