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).
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Should you submit, your story must be original and unpublished in any previous form or by any previous means.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.