New updates on 4 Cha contributors: Nicholas Wong, Fiona Sze-Lorrain, Wendy Xu and W. F. Lantry

Nicholas Wong

Nicholas Wong has a new poem in The Pinch. The piece, “Meditations on How to Break up with my Sick Boyfriend”, is the poem of the month on the site. Another poem by Nick is forthcoming in the Fall 2012 print issue.  
|| See Nicholas Wong’s Cha’s profile here.


Fiona Sze-Lorrain and Wendy Xu

A new issue of Drunken Boat is out! Read Fiona Sze-Lorrain‘s translation of Yang Jian’s poems “Winter Day” and “Ancient Mansion” and Wendy Xu‘s “Ruptured Heart Theory” in the issue.
|| Fiona Sze-Lorrain’s poetry was published in Issue 12 of Cha and her book Water The Moon is reviewed in the same issue.
|| Wendy Xu’s poetry was published in Issue #16 of Cha. 

W. F. Lantry

Congratulations to W.F. Lantry! He has won The Linnet’s Wings inaugural prize for poetry, in audio with the poem “Ocotillo Wells”, from his chapbook Journey to the Interior. Learn more about The Linnet’s Wings and the prize here.
|| Read W.F. Lantry’s Cha profile.


New updates on 5 Cha contributors: Marc Vincenz, Mani Rao, Eleanor Goodman, Grace V. S. Chin and Rumjhum Biswas

Marc Vincenz, Mani Rao and Eleanor Goodman

The April 2012 issue of Asymptote is now available and you can read Marc Vincenz‘s Mani Rao‘s and Eleanor Goodman‘s work in it.
|| Read Marc Vincenz’s Cha profile. 
|| Mani Rao’s poetry was published in Issue #1 of Cha.
|| Eleanor Goodman’s poetry and translation were published in Issue 14 of Cha.


Grace V. S. Chin

In the Spotlight: Bruneian Plays in English, an anthology edited by Grace V. S. Chin, is now published! Learn more about the book here.

|| Grace V. S. Chin’s poetry was published in Issue #4 and Issue #5 of Cha. Her poem “Clotheslines” was discussed on A Cup of Fine Tea. 


Rumjhum Biswas

 Congratulations to Rumjhum Biswas! Her short story “The Well” has been named the winner of Anam Cara Short Fiction Competition. The judge Vanessa Gebbie has the following to say about Rumjhum’s work: “I thought the interpretation of the theme was great – slightly off-centre, unexpected and original. So many congratulations to the writer”. Rumjhum has won a place on Vanessa Gebbie’s short fiction retreatLearn more about the competition and other winning stories here
|| See Rumjhum Biswas’s Cha profile. 


New updates on 4 Cha contributors: Kit Kelen, Nicolette Wong, Kristine Ong Muslim and W.F. Lantry

Christopher (Kit) Kelen’s poetry was published in issue #1 of Cha. 


Nicolette Wong

Nicolette Wong‘s short fiction “The Bathroom” (p. v) is included in the April 2012 issue of Short, Fast and Deadly.
Nicolette Wong’s short stories were published in Issue #1 and Issue #6 of Cha.   


Kristine Ong Muslim

 In the new issue of mixer, which is devoted to stories about ‘women and the problems they confront in a culture bent on defining and controlling them’, you can find Kristine Ong Muslim‘s ekphrastic prose poem “The Village of Mermaids”
Kristine Ong Muslim’s poetry was published in issue #9 of Cha and her poem “Preface to a Pornographer’s Dirty Book” is discussed here.

W.F. Lantry
Congratulations to W.F. Lantry! He has won the 2012 LaNelle Daniel Prize in Poetry for “Restoration”, a metaphysical love poem, written in rhymed pentameter. More information about the Prize here.
Read W.F. Lantry’s Cha profile.   


Cha contributors win Best Short Writing in the World 2011

Congratulations to Robert Masterson. His poignant poem “The Distance Between These Things” wins Fleeting Magazine’s Best Short Writing in the World 2011. Robert will receive a year’s subscription to Stack, a personalised monthly selection of the best independent magazines from the UK, Europe and America.

Marc Vincenz wins third place with his social critique poem “While Facing the Urinal” and he will receive three months’ subscription to Stack.

Vineet Kaul and Alistair Noon were finalists.

Fleeting publishes short fiction and poetry that is daring, erudite, amusing and infectious. They are accepting open submissions now.

  • Robert Masterson’s poetry will be featured in the fourth anniversary issue of Cha, due out in November 2011.
  • Marc Vincenz’s poetry was published in Issue 10 of Cha.
  • Vineet Kaul’s poetry was published in Issue #13 of Cha.
  • Alistair Noon’s poetry and creative non-fiction were published in issue #2 of Cha. His poem “The Expat Partner: An Email” is discussed here.

Prashani Rambukwella wins the Gratiaen Prize 2009

We are very delighted to announce that Cha contributor and our friend Prashani Rambukwella (pictured above), author of Mythil’s Secret, was awarded The Gratiaen Prize for Creative Writing in English (2009) on Saturday 8th May, 2010 at a ceremony in Sri Lanka.

In her speech, Prashani says, “Didn’t think that a children’s book could ever win the Gratiaen. Thank you very much to the judges. I hope this encourages more of us to write for our children. I’ll tell you what I found most surprising about writing a book. When I started eight years ago on Mythil’s Secret I thought writing a book and getting it published would be a solitary journey. But I was so wrong. First of all the reading you do as a child and the influences of your childhood really play a huge role, at least it did for me and you will see those influences in Mythil’s Secrets.” (qtd. from Sri Lanka’s Daily Mail)

The Gratiaen Prize was instituted by Michael Ondaatje, a joint-winner of the Booker Prize in 1992 for his novel The English Patient. The award is given annually to the best work of literary writing in English by a resident Sri Lankan. This year, the judges are Vijita Fernando, Asoka de Zoysa and Rohan Ponniah.

Cha had the opportunity to publish an excerpt from Prashani’s Mythil’s Secret in Issue #8 of the journal. Read it here. A review of the book is forthcoming in the May/June 2010 Issue of Cha as well.

Congratulations, Prashani! We are very happy for you!