[CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS] The Write to Power Special Feature 

Visit Write to Power
to read the selected poems
as well as the poets’ reflections
on their poems.

Cha: An Asian Literary Journal is accepting submissions of poems for a new ongoing series “Fight with Words, Write to Power” (in short, “Write to Power”). We welcome Asia-focused poems—original or newly translated into English from other languages—that centre their energy on using words to speak truth and respond to power, be it power in the guise of individuals, hierarchical systems, states, governments, or other forms of authority. We seek poetry that highlights injustice, oppression, and issues that threaten people’s safety, wellbeing, and livelihoods, as well as poetry that envisions a better future. Poets are also invited to imagine via the medium of poetry situations, experiences, or plights they might not have personally encountered but are passionate about. We believe in words and we believe poetry empowers us. 

Selected poems are published on a rolling basis on Cha: An Asian Literary Journal‘s main website, active for the first time since June/July 2019. Each poet can submit up to TWO poems previously unpublished for consideration. Please read the guidelines below very carefully.


  • Submissions of no more than TWO previously unpublished poems (each no more than 40 lines) should be sent to t@asiancha.com with the subject line “Write to Power: [Your surname]”.
  • Poems must be sent in the body of the email.
  • Please include a biography (no more than 200 words).
  • If a poem is accepted for publication, we will ask the poet to send us a reflection on the work.
  • Accepted poems are published on Cha: An Asian Literary Journal on a rolling basis. Please note that we will only be contacting poets whose work is accepted for publication.
  • Closing date: ongoing until further notice.

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