Cha – Call for Submissions – Issue #24 (June 2014)

due out in June 2014.

Cha: An Asian Literary Journal
 is now calling for submissions for Issue # 24, scheduled for publication in June 2014.

Please send in (preferably Asian-themed) poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews, photography & art for consideration. Submission guidelines can be found here. Deadline: 15 March, 2013.

Michael Gray (poetry) and Sushma Joshi (prose) will act as guest editors and read the submissions with the editors. Please contact Reviews Editor Eddie Tay at if you want to review a book or have a book reviewed in the journal.

We love returning contributors — past contributors are very welcome to send us their new works.

If you have any questions, please feel free to write to any of the Cha staff at
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Sushma Joshi’s The End of the World | Get your copy in Hong Kong

The End of the World by Cha contributor and Nepalese writer Sushma Joshi, is now available in Bookazine, HK. The fifty copies will arrive soon, so please go to the bookstore and book your copy before the stocks run out! This edition is brought out by Sansar Media, and is only available in SE Asia, at present.
The End of the World was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Author Sushma Joshi was born and brought up in Kathmandu. She has a BA from Brown University, USA.
Sansar Media aims to jumpstart the publishing industry in Nepal by paying authors a fair royalty, strengthening copyright, and encouraging a new generation of writers to devote themselves to literature and scholarship. It also aims to instill a culture of reading and literacy by printing low-cost books from profits generated from its more profitable titles.

Reviews for The End of the World:
What makes The End of the World stand out as a collection of short
stories is Joshi’s masterful and elegant use of language. … a
confident debut collection for Joshi, in which the deceptively simple
exterior of her prose peels away to reveal multiple layers of
investigation into human longing and emptiness.
The Kathmandu Post

This compilation of short stories, Sushma Joshi’s first book, is
firmly rooted in the Nepali experience, especially of the past
decade…Joshi does well in giving voice to these desires, drawing the
reader in with poignant and humorous portrayals of the characters’
quests for fulfillment.
Surabhi Pudasaini, Himal Magazine

Sushma Joshi’s writing and perseverance has not only raised the bar in
English medium literature in Nepal, but created it when there was
virtually none.
Emma Sciantarelli, WAVE Magazine

Deeply evocative, the stories present glimpses of small, private
dramas that are shaped by larger political happenings… Unlike other
works by English writers in Nepal, Joshi’s stories are firmly rooted
in Nepal’s soil.
Deepak Adhikari, Nepal Monitor

The End of the World certainly marks a new beginning and will, with
hope, lead to a flourishing literary publishing industry in Nepal.
Abha Eli Phoboo, Republica

Sushma Joshi’s fiction has been published in issue #3 of Cha.

CHA contributors in Mascara Literary Review

  • Anindita Sengupta’s poetry was published in issue #3 of Cha.
  • Sushma Joshi’s fiction was published in issue #3 of Cha.
  • Ouyang Yu’s poetry was published in issue #4 of Cha.
  • Michelle Cahill’s poetry was published in issue #2 of Cha.

Sushma Joshi and the Ubud Festival in the media

There has been some newspaper coverage on the Ubud Festival 2009, of which Cha contributor Sushma Joshi is one of the speakers/participants. Read the following articles to learn more:
Sushma Joshi’s fiction has been published inissue #3 of Cha.

CHA contributors in Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2009

Cha contributors Viki Holmes, Sushma Joshi, Kate Rogers and Ng Yi-Sheng will be appearing in the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. Support them by joining the festival!

  • Viki Holmes’s poetry was published in issue#3 of Cha and her review of Gillian Sze’s Fish Bones was published in issue #8 of the journal.
  • Sushma Joshi’s fiction has been published inissue #3 of Cha.
  • Kate Rogers’s review of Ching-In Chen’s The Heart’s Traffic: a Novel in Poems and Todd Swift’s Seaway: New and Selected Poems has been published in issue #8 of Cha.
  • Ng Yi-Sheng’s poetry has been published in issue #8 of Cha.

Sushma Joshi’s book longlisted for the FOC Award

Great news! Cha contributor Sushma Joshi‘s book of short stories The End of the World, has been longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2009. Other books on the list include Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nocturnes (Faber and Faber Limited) and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s The Thing Around Your Neck (Fourth Estate LTD).

Sushma feels that it is an honor to be on the same list as these writers whose work she loves.

Congratulations and good luck, Sushma! Cha editors are very happy for you!

Sushma Joshi’s fiction has been published in issue #3 of Cha.

New Nepal, New Voices Co-edited by Sushma Joshi

New Nepal, New Voices, co-edited by Sushma Joshi and published by Rupa Publications, has recently been launched.

Some reviews of the book:
1) “To Cut a Long Story Short
2) “Anglicized Portraits” (see below)

Editors Sushma Joshi and Ajit Baral explain in their note that because they had decided to take stories written in English (and not accept translations) for this anthology, they had difficulty in finding works by Janjati and Dalit women of Nepal. This immediately places the writers in the category of English-literate Nepalese and Nepal-dwelling westerners, not quite befitting the title New Nepal New Voices (Rupa).

The choice of the first story ‘The Face Of Carolyn Flint’ is jarring. And reading it would be reason enough to put the book aside. But the second story, ‘Scorpion’s Sting’ prompts you to carry on. It is followed by ‘Love And Lust In The Maoist Hinterland’, ‘Old Iron Trunks’, ‘Law and Order’, ‘Regiment Training In An Open Ground’, each of which captures the basic essence of the Himalayan nation. And among these stories, Greta Rana’s ‘The Hill’ is outstanding. Facets of Nepalese society, mostly Kathmandu based, are neatly packaged in stories like ‘Dark Kathmandu Sideways’ and ‘The Interview’. The language is easy and evolved, despite the occasional use of American slangs. Manjushree Thapa’s ‘Walk Fast’ is one of the most concisely written in the collection. And while it does not actually tell a tale, it engenders a larger story which builds itself up in the reader’s mind.

Despite the initial hiccups, the anthology is an impressive collection of stories from Nepal — a country with no dearth of ideas or talent. It is a promising sign of things to come. Jyoti Thapa Mani

Sushma Joshi’s fiction has been published in issue #3 of Cha.