Jaggery, a DesiLit arts and literature journal, connects South Asian diasporic writers and homeland writers; we also welcome non-South Asians with a deep and thoughtful connection to South Asian countries, who bring their own intersecting perspectives to the conversation. (By South Asia we mean Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, The Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.)  Our hope with Jaggery is to create a journal that offers the best writing by and about South Asians and their diaspora. Dark, complex, intense — and totally delicious.  For more information on the journal, visit:  http://jaggerylit.com

 

We publish ART, ESSAYS, FICTION, POETRY, REVIEWS, and an advice column. We prefer original, previously unpublished submissions; we solicit reprints only in exceptional cases. We accept simultaneous submissions, provided you let us know immediately if it is being published elsewhere.  We’re purchasing ongoing worldwide digital rights, for use in web and possible downloaded forms (ebook, PDF, etc.).  Six months after publication, you may request to have your work removed from our online archive.  We follow a blind submission review process and pay $100 for fiction, $25 for nonfiction/poetry/art.  

Our next reading period will open November 6, 2017, and close December 8, 2017.

When you are ready to submit, please visit our submission system at https://jaggery.submittable.com/submit.  Submittable will securely send Jaggery's editors your work and e-mail you a confirmation that it has been received.  If your piece is accepted, we will contact you to request a bio for publication.  Once you have submitted your work, you can check the status of your submission by signing onto your Submittable account. We aim to respond to all submissions within three months. 

IMPORTANT:  We are reading submissions blind, to ensure your work has the fairest reading.  Submittable will allow you to include a short cover letter with your work; you may include one if you wish, but it will not be viewed by department editors until after they have read and considered your work.  It is important that you strip your name from your actual manuscript.  Non-blind submissions may be summarily rejected.

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Specific questions may be directed to the following:

General: Anu Mahadev, editor-in-chief, editor.jaggery@gmail.com
Art: Satya Gummuluri, art.jaggery@gmail.com
Essays: Wafa Hamid, essays.jaggery@gmail.com
Fiction: Atreyee Gohain, fiction.jaggery@gmail.com
Poetry: Gowri Koneswaran, poetry.jaggery@gmail.com
Reviews: Ravi Shenoy, reviews.jaggery@gmail.com

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Ends on December 8, 2017

Jaggery seeks engrossing, entertaining, and enlightening fiction from or about South Asia and its diasporas. We wish to showcase fiction that moves minds and hearts, that takes risks in shedding new light on our lives, and is a pleasure to read and reread, from both emerging and established voices.  We accept all types of stories, including excerpts from longer pieces. An excerpt should, however, stand alone as a complete work. We strongly prefer stories under 5000 words, but will consider longer pieces. There is no minimum length requirement.   Payment is $25 / piece.

IMPORTANT:  We are reading submissions blind, to ensure your work has the fairest reading.  Submittable will allow you to include a short cover letter with your work; you may include one if you wish, but it will not be viewed by department editors until after they have read and considered your work.  It is important that you strip your name from your actual manuscript.  Non-blind submissions may be summarily rejected.

The editorial group will review all stories and their responses will become available on Submittable within 2-3 weeks after the submission deadline.  Accepted contributors will be sent editorial suggestions and revisions, and will work with the fiction editors to finalize the piece for publication.
Art
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Jaggery seeks original works that are inspired by or capture the essence of South Asia or its diaspora. Photography, painting, digitally designed/compiled works as well as documentation of interesting site-specific installations, ritualistic time-based, and experimental art projects are all welcome. We are also interested in original, imaginative illustrations to feature along with the literary works that we publish. We pay a $25 honorarium to each accepted artist.  LIMIT:  3-5 images (JPG format, maximum file size per image - 500K) 

IMPORTANT:  We are reading submissions blind, to ensure your work has the fairest reading.  Submittable will allow you to include a short cover letter with your work; you may include one if you wish, but it will not be viewed by department editors until after they have viewed and considered your work.  It is important that you strip your name from your actual art pieces.  Non-blind submissions may be summarily rejected.

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Non-fiction contributions are invited for publication in Jaggery. Publishable pieces consider the changing, dynamic nature of South Asian society as reflected in its literature and other cultural productions such as art, film, and theatre, as well as more experimental genres and installations. We welcome innovative writing that finds new ways to see traditional issues. We are interested in reflections on identity and process, as well as contemporary ethical, spatial, or social concerns.  We encourage an inter-disciplinary approach to cultural productions, reflecting the eclectic ways in which South Asia can be viewed:  opinion pieces, literary criticism, interviews, editorial journalism, travel writing, memoir, and creative non-fiction.  WORD LIMIT : 1000 - 5000 words.  Payment is $25 / piece.

IMPORTANT:  We are reading submissions blind, to ensure your work has the fairest reading.  Submittable will allow you to include a short cover letter with your work; you may include one if you wish, but it will not be viewed by department editors until after they have read and considered your work.  It is important that you strip your name from your actual manuscript.  Non-blind submissions may be summarily rejected.

Notes and formatting instructions:

• Essays must be not more than 5000 words, excluding references and headings but including endnotes.

• Please follow the MLA guidelines, available in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed. New York: MLA, 2009. You can also view the guidelines online at sites such as https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

• Bibliographic information about any works consulted in the crafting of your piece should be comprehensively listed in a Works Cited page at the end of your essay, formatted according to MLA guidelines.

• Use endnotes rather than footnotes. Notes should be numerical (1, 2, 3). Entitle list of endnotes “Notes.” This should appear before the Works Cited page. Endnotes should be sparsely used for contextual information.

• Acknowledgements should appear before "Notes," in a section labeled "Acknowledgements."

• It is preferable to avoid abbreviations and acronyms.  

• All essays must be submitted without the name of the contributor. This is important, as all submissions are blind for review. The Submittable portal has a facility where personal details and biographical information can be given separately, which editors can access only after final decisions have been made.

• The editorial group will review all papers and their responses will become available on Submittable within 2-3 weeks after the submission deadline.

Ends on December 8, 2017

Jaggery seeks poems inspired by South Asia and its diasporas that challenge, celebrate, ruminate, and advocate. Poets submitting pieces for consideration need not identify as South Asian or South Asian hyphenates; however, the poems submitted should. Jaggery welcomes original unpublished poems as well as translations of poems written in South Asian languages.  SUB LIMIT: 3 poems (10 pages maximum total).  Payment is $25 / piece.

IMPORTANT:  We are reading submissions blind, to ensure your work has the fairest reading.  Submittable will allow you to include a short cover letter with your work; you may include one if you wish, but it will not be viewed by department editors until after they have read and considered your work.  It is important that you strip your name from your actual manuscript.  Non-blind submissions may be summarily rejected.

Ends on December 8, 2017

Jaggery solicits reviews of books on a wide range of subjects pertaining to South Asians, South Asia and South Asian diasporas. We seek fair and unbiased reviews of academic/popular-cultural books (creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry), film, music, and theater. Each review should be addressed to the general reader and should include a description of contents and a critical appraisal.  WORD LIMIT: 1000 words.  Payment is $25 / piece.

IMPORTANT:  We are reading submissions blind, to ensure your work has the fairest reading.  Submittable will allow you to include a short cover letter with your work; you may include one if you wish, but it will not be viewed by department editors until after they have read and considered your work.  It is important that you strip your name from your actual manuscript.  Non-blind submissions may be summarily rejected.