Call for Submissions: Anthology of New Short Stories from Hong Kong


Call for Submissions: Anthology of New Short Stories from Hong Kong

In 2013, CCC Press will publish the sixth anthology in its World Englishes Literature series, a book of new short stories in English(es) from Hong Kong. This follows four volumes of African writing, one of which was shortlisted for the 2011 Caine Prize, and a further volume of short stories from Malaysia (forthcoming, 1 May 2012).

The Hong Kong anthology will be edited by Xu Xi and Marshall Moore.

Contributors should ordinarily be residents of Hong Kong and stories should have Hong Kong or its culture as a theme or setting. The series is designed to represent Anglophone writing in a linguistic context in which English is not the sole or dominant language and to convey a strong sense of place and particular culture. By implication, the volume is not intended as a vehicle for expatriate writers who happen simply to live there temporarily; neither is this a collection of Hong Kong Chinese diaspora writing. However, Hong Kong’s unusual political situation—it has never been an independent nation or city-state—gives rise to an Anglophone writing that departs from the usual colonial and post-colonial literature. Therefore, both expatriate and diaspora authors might, in some instances, render a more persuasive contemporary fiction than a “native” resident.

Should you submit, your story must be original and unpublished in any previous form or by any previous means. It should be not more than 8,000 words in length and submitted electronically in MS Word or a compatible format. While we are open to short-shorts or flash fiction, we are unlikely to consider anything less than 1,000 words in length, or a combination of no more than three pieces by one author that comprise at least 1,000 words. It should be adult fiction (in the sense that it is not children’s or YA fiction). It should be written primarily in English and must not be a translation of a previously published work in another language.

Writers may submit any number of stories for consideration, although only one story can be accepted for publication. Payment for published stories will be £50 (GBP). If your story is chosen for the publication, we will ask you to provide a few sentences about yourself and your work (around 200 words).

Please send submissions by email to Marshall Moore at: marshall (at) typhoon-media (dot) com.

SUBMISSIONS should be emailed as a WORD document (.doc) attachment in standard manuscript format, i.e.: double-spaced, 12-point type (serif font like Times or Garamond, no fancy fonts please), with 1” margins on all sides.

In the subject line, be sure to type something along the lines of WORLD ENGLISHES ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSION as well as your name.

Closing date for submissions: NOVEMBER 1, 2012 

To find out more about the series in which this book will be published, please go to http://www.newventures.net/HTM/Butterfly%20Dreams.htm (includes free previews).


  • Xu Xi’s creative non-fiction was published in issue #6 of Cha.
  • Marshall More’s essay on publishing in Hong Kong was published in issue #15 of Cha.

Xu Xi Discusses Multilingual Heritage at the Hong Kong Book Fair July 2010


“We were postmodern before the term was invented. This is what I like most about Hong Kong.”
“We talk about the great Chinese novel, the great Russian novel, the great British or American novel, … to even put ‘great’ in front of a Hong Kong novel is almost an oxymoron, because ….”

— Xu Xi


Xu Xi discusses multilingual heritage

Xu Xi’s creative non-fiction was published in issue #6 of Cha.

one by one OUTLOUD 5 May





one by one

one person:

one poem ~ story ~ song…


the following poets/writers/artists will perform

akin jeje
brian mulcahy
yuen che-hung
christian johnson
zheng danyi
dave mckirdy
fanny-min becker
chan fongie
shoko fujioka
gerard henry
gillian bickley
jessica yeung
jonathan douglas
keon lee
chung ling
mary jane newton
michael holland
michael ingham
pauline burton
salah elewa
sarah brennan
sayed gouda
shahilla shariff
sonia au
stephen richards
mak su yin
tanya hart
virginia chu
wong yankwaii

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5 may 2010 ~ fringe club ~ 8pm ~ free
emcee: madeleine marie slavick
presented by OUTLOUD (est. 1999)

FIFTY-FIFTY Relaunch Event at Pacific Coffee

Fifty-Fifty, the anthology edited by Xu Xi and published by Haven Books (Hong Kong), will be relaunched with a new cover. To celebrate Haven Books has teamed up with Pacific Coffee to bring the anthology to the general public at a “Meet the Authors” event held on two dates in September 2009: first in Central and two weeks later in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 / 7 – 8.30pm
Pacific Coffee, 52-54 Wellington Street, Central
Thursday, September 24, 2009 / 7 – 8.30pm
Pacific Coffee, G/F New World Centre, 18-24 Salisbury Road, TST
Fifty-Fifty features work by many Cha contributors, including Xu Xi (issue #6), Martin Alexander (issue #3), Andrew Barker (issue #7), Cecilia Chan (issue #7), David Clarke (issue #1), Louise Ho (issue #4), Viki Holmes (issues #3 and #8), Alan Jefferies (issue #7), Agnes Lam (issue #2), Elbert S.P. Lee (issue #1), Arthur Leung (issue #1 and guest poetry editor of issue #6), Mani Rao (issue #1), Kate Rogers (issue #8), Nicholas Y. B. Wong (issue #1 and guest editor of issue #4) and Cha‘s founding co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-ming.
If you are in Hong Kong in September, do join the Fifty-Fifty writers at these exciting meetings!