Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Workshops: PG Wodehouse

Hello fine readers: A workshop organised by Out of Print author, Nisha Susan, and Gaurav Jain.


WHAT PG WODEHOUSE CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT READING, WRITING & LIVING



Spend a weekend with the master of laughs and learn some profound lessons along the way.

On Reading: How to resist your education, be aware of prevalent conventions, enjoy the classics and consume both pop and high culture.

On Writing: How to keep a discipline, increase your efficiency, plan meticulously, understand your market, create universal appeal, be prolific, form zinger sentences, create fantastic characters and plot intricately.

On Living: How to remain cheerful in adversity, not misinterpret events, draw strength from childhood, keep lifelong friends, and foil all the zany schemes, dumb employers, bossy employees, horrible relatives and pesky pets out there.

In general, how to read better, write better and not be an insufferable literary git. Or something like that.

Testimonials
 from past participants: http://goo.gl/2evF2 

Dates: Saturday, April 6 2:00-6:00 pm & Sunday, April 7 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Venue: Indian Social Institute, Benson Town, Bangalore

Cost: Rs 2,500 (Includes tea/snacks on Saturday and lunch on Sunday)

Instructors: Nisha Susan & Gaurav Jain are prominent writers and critics. Susan is a fiction writer and former Culture Editor at Tehelkamagazine whose short stories have been published by Penguin, Zubaan and Out of Print. She was a columnist for Time Out Delhi and currently writes a film column for TheBigIndianPicture.com. Her latest short story is published this month in the anthology Of Mothers & Others. Jain is a critic and former Literary Editor at Tehelka magazine who won the 2012 Press Club Award for Excellence in Journalism. He was on the jury last year for Elle India’s selection of the Best South Asian Young Writers.Susan and Jain were also the editors of Tehelka's annual issue of short stories for many years, where they commissioned and edited some of the finest south Asian writers such as Amitava Kumar, Ruskin Bond, Devdutt Pattanaik, Sarnath Banerjee, Anjum Hasan, HM Naqvi, Musharraf Ali Farooqi, etc.


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Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Literary Magazine Database: Earthen Lamp Journal


E
Earthen Lamp Journal
Website: www.earthenlampjournal.com
Genre: Themed journal featuring all genres of literature
Focus: Literary writing: fiction (including translations, novelettes, extracts), creative non-fiction, poetry, reviews, interviews, art
Format: Online
Contact Details:
   submissions@earthenlampjournal.com
Editors:
   Divya Dubey
   Mariam Karim Ahlawat
   Abdullah Khan
   Suneetha Balakrishnan
   KG Sreenivas
   Renu Kaul
Frequency: Three times a year
Last Issue: January 2013

The Literary Magazine Database: Muse India


M
Muse India, the literary ejournal
Genre: All genres of literature
Focus: Indian Writing in English and translations from all regional literatures
Format: Online
Contact Details:
Editors:
   G S P Rao – Founding Managing Editor and Chief Editor
   Ambika Ananth – Poetry
   T Vijay Kumar – General
   Charanjeet Kaur – Literary Articles
   Atreya Sarma – Fiction & Book Reviews
Frequency: Bi-monthly
Last Issue: Mar-Apr 2013

The Literary Magazine Database: nether


N
nether
Genre: poetry/prose/short fiction/non-fiction
Focus: writing in India
Format: Print
Contact Details:
   Divya Nadkarni,
   1 Kamal Niwas,
   Mogul Lane,
   Mahim, Mumbai 400016
Editors :
   Divya Nadkarni
   AB Datta
   Rohan Chhetri
Frequency: Quarterly
Last Issue: February 2012
Submission Guidelines: http://nethermagazine.org/about/
Reading Period: All year

The Literary Magazine Database: Papercuts


P
Papercuts
Website: http://www.desiwriterslounge.net/papercuts
Genre: poetry/fiction/reportage
Focus: Promotion of aspiring South Asian writers
Format: Online
Contact Details:
Editors:
   Afia Aslam – Editor
   Omer Wahaj – Managing Editor
   Farheen Zehra – Associate  Editor
   Shehla Wynne – Prose  Editor
   Waqas Naeem – Prose  Editor 
   Noorulain Noor – Lead  Poetry Editor
   Osman Khalid Butt – Poetry Editor 
   Hera Naguib – Poetry Editor
   Amita Rao – Poetry Editor
Frequency: Biannual
Last Issue: Volume 11, Prequel, winter, 2013
Reading Period: All year

The Literary Magazine Database: Out of Print


O
Out of Print
Genre: literary short fiction
Focus: Writing connected to the subcontinent
Format: Online
Contact Details
Editors:
   Indira Chandrasekhar – Founding Editor
   Samhita Arni – Editor
   Mira Brunner – Editor (on hiatus)
Frequency: Quarterly
Last Issue: Issue 10, March 2013
Submission Guidelines:
Reading Period: All year
Editor’s Comments:
See our Six Questions interview for a sense of what we look for

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Literary Magazine Database at Out of Print

The Literary Magazine Database:
Click on the link  next to a listing to see more information supplied by the respective magazine editors.

We are in the process of compiling a database of magazines that publish literary short fiction connected to the South Asian subcontinent.


A
Almost Island
Website: http://almostisland.com

B
Bengal Lights
Website: http://bengallights.com

Bombay Literary Magazine (The)
Website: http://bombayliterarymagazine.com

C
Caravan

Criterion (The)
Website: http://the-criterion.com

D
DesiLitinactive

E
Earthen Lamp Journal
Website: http://earthenlampjournal.com


F
Four Quarters Magazine (The)
Website: http://tfqmagazine.org

H

Helter Skelter (/New Writing)
Website: http://helterskelter.in

Himal Southasian
Website: http://himalmag.com


J
Jaggery

L
Little Magazine (The)

M
Madras Mag

Muse India, the literary ejournal

N
nether
Website: http://nethermagazine.org

North East Review
O
Open Road Review

Out of Print

P
Papercuts

Pratilipi


Click on the link  next to a listing to see more information supplied by the respective magazine editors.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Out of Print Author Series: Altaf Tyrewala



Altaf Tyrewala's extraordinary Ministry of Hurt Sentiments was launched in October of 2012. Written in verse, its critical and uncompromising gaze is cast on the city of Mumbai and revealed through layers of stories.

His Mischief in Neta Nagar appeared in in the December 2011 issue of Out of Print and was picked up by a Norwegian publishing house. It will be part of an anthology that introduces young Norwegian teenagers to different cultures through the world of English literature!



Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Altaf Tyrewala in a Norwegian anthology


I was tremendously excited by a letter I received a few weeks ago from the Aschehoug Publishing House in Norway. Here is what it said:

Our education department is currently working on a new edition of REFLECTIONS, which is a textbook for learners of English in Norwegian upper secondary schools who are taking an in-depth course in English language studies and key issues related to culture and society in the English-speaking world. English-language literature forms part of the curriculum requirements for this course, and in addition to text written by the authors themselves, the book will also serve as an anthology of English-language literature. The authors of the book are Hellevi Haugen, Julia Kagge, Jan Erik Mustad, Nora Nordan, Ulla Rahbek, Audun Rugset, and Sigrid Brevik Wangsness.

REFLECTIONS was published in 2008 and needs to be revised and updated. We would like to include the short story Mischief In Neta Nagar by Altaf Tyrewala in the new edition, which will be called NEW REFLECTIONS. We found the short story here: 

I put Altaf in touch with them immediately – which was a minorly thrilling adventure in itself. The Norwegians needed a response urgently and Altaf’s internet was being gimpy so he hadn’t responded. I had to send urgent messages to lovely friends of Out of Print, Chandrahas Choudhury and Annie Zaidi for alternate ways to get the message across, and – I’d like to throw in a car chase or a shady alleyway scene, but – it was all quite straightforward after that.

Altaf tells me that everything has gone smoothly and he only awaits the delivery of New Reflections



Announcing the Bristol Short Story Prize

Rebecca Lloyd, writer, editor, Out of Print author, winner of the inaugural Bristol Short Story Prize and friend of Out of Print put the organisers of the highly regarded Bristol Prize in touch with us. 
The 2013 prize opened last week. Here are the details:

The 2013 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age.
Stories can be on any theme or subject and
entry can be made online via the website or by
post. Entries must be previously unpublished
with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). The
entry fee is £8 per story.
The closing date for entries is April 30th 2013.

Prizes:
 
1st £1000 plus £150 Waterstone’s gift card
2nd £700  plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card
3rd £400   plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card
17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the writers
whose stories appear on the shortlist. All 20 shortlisted
writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short
Story Prize Anthology Volume 6. The winning story will, also, be published
in Bristol Review of Books magazine.

The 20 shortlisted writers will be invited to an awards ceremony
 
in Bristol in October 2013 when the winners will be announced and the anthology launched.
Any shortlisted writers unable to attend the awards ceremony will be sent their prizes.
The awards ceremony will be part of the 2013 Bristol Festival of Literature.

Judging panel : Ali Reynolds (literary consultant, former Random House editor)
 
Bidisha (writer, broadcaster, critic) Anna Britten (author and  journalist)
Chris Wakling (novelist, Creative Writing tutor)

Full details and rules at 
www.bristolprize.co.uk

Monday, March 18, 2013

Out of Print 10


In the March 2013 release of Out of Print, our tenth, we feature five stories. They range in focus from accenting societal disparities, as in Sathya Saran’s The Anklet, and Murli Melwani’s Gift for the Goddess, to looking inward as do Salma’s On the Edge and Rheea Mukherjee’s A Larger Design, where quotidian navigations are skewed by the characters’ psychologies, and Tanuj Solanki’s Sentatoms, in which the personal and the creative are examined

The acutely fine cover art is by Olivia Fraser from her series, Sacred Landscape.

The issue brings new features: the links have now been organised so contributors, and successes that pertain to the authors are more easily accessed. A list of works that we run on occasion on the blog, stories that are chosen on a case by case basis, may also be read through the links.

As always, it is an honour to present the new edition of Out of Print. 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Image of an Anklet

The exquisite ornament that inspired Sathya Saran's story, The Anklet, in the new issue of Out of Print!

Photo credit: Shiv Saran

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Out of Print Author Series: Annam Manthiram


Annam Manthiram has a new collection of short stories called Dysfunction published by Aqueous Press. 

I think often about the things that factor into putting a collection together – does a collection work best if the stories are coherent in terms of style or of setting, should they have a common thread, should they be linked or follow specific characters?


Judging from the blurb, and the comments from other writers, Dysfunction, as a collection is true to its name. The stories are ‘dramatically different in style and form’, they take you to ‘disparate worlds’ and ‘map the territory of the unloved’. They range from the wicked (a divorcĂ©e recounts her failed marriages sardonically from A to Z), to heart-wrenchingly commonplace (an older Indian woman struggles to find a husband during humiliating bride-viewings), and emotionally barren (a mother cannot understand why her family doesn’t love her enough to remember her son’s first birthday). At times funny, concludes the blurb, but always incisive, this collection of stories examines the survival of those whose only certainty is dysfunction.

Annam's story, the sad and disturbing The Reincarnation of Chamunda appeared in the Mythology issue of Out of Print in June, 2011 is in the collection.

We are ordering our copy of Dysfuntion now.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Out of Print Author Series: Sampurna Chattarji


Sampurna Chattarji releases a new book, this time, we are proud to say, a short story collection! 

With the enticing title, Dirty Love, the stories in the collection are set, as detailed in the blurb, in the restless swirl of a Bombay where dream-shuttles speed through the rain and men fall prey to dirty love. Reeking of sewers, fish markets, slaughtered meat, and peopled with loners, misfits and drifters, these tales prise open the surface of everyday existence.


Sampurna’s ability to go deep into a character are evident from Just Looking, published in the March 2012 issue of Out of Print. We look forward to reading Dirty Love!


Friday, March 8, 2013

Short Fiction on the Out of Print Blog

Short Fiction on the Out of Print Blog

Suneeta Rao: Pink Doll
Indu Parvathi: A Version of She Can Sing
Monika Pant: The Pink Doll
Ila: Travails of a Dyeing Grandmother
Ayesha Aleem: Shoes
Sonali Bhatia: Clown Shoes and a Couple of Cats
Sucharita Dutta-Asane: Absolution
Joshua Salomon Gannon: Moksha: Ravana's Monologue
Sumitra Krishnan: Salamanca Story

Non-fiction on the Out of Print Blog
Ranjit Hoskote: Kekoo Gandhy


Out of Print is listed at

Contributors




Divya A
Bride Barter

Janhavi Acharekar
Green Room excerpted from Wanderers All

Farah Ahamed
Dr Patel

Shahnaz Aijazuddin
The False God Laqa excerpted from a translation of Tilism-e-Hoshruba

Bhumika Anand
Dosa

Ananthamurthy U R      
Apoorva   translation from Kannada, Deep Ganesh
The Hunt, The Bangle and The Chameleon   translation from Kannada, Deepa Ganesh  
Bara, an excerpt   translation from Kannada, Chandan Gowda

Ananth Aravamudan
The Real Connect

Clare Arni
Cover, Issue 1

Samhita Arni      
Sita      
Cover, Issue 2 

Renu Balakrishnan
Spider Man

Vrinda Baliga
The Closed Door

Jan Banning
Cover, Issue 5

Jahnavi Barua    
Birdsong              

Kaushik Barua
Come ON Take a TRIP excerpted from No Direction Rome

Sohini Basak
Pour Out The Evening Dose of Snails

Swapnil Bhatnagar
The Fuse

Suzanne Biever
The Blue Man

Tulsi Charan Bisht
Death of a Clerk

R K Biswas
Word Among Poets

Shom Biswas
The Other Transgression

Trisha Bora        
1969       

Patrick Bryson   
The Boundary Man         

Mira Brunner
Cover, Issue 7
Cover, Issue 18

Urvashi Butalia
Sexual Violence and Impunity with Navasharan Singh, for Zubaan

Satyajit Chakraborty
An Expensive Name

Indira Chandrasekhar     
Lennard-Jones Potentials                

Sampurna Chattarji     
Just Looking    
   
Salil Chaturvedi
Sirhanna

Meenakshi Jauhari Chawla         
Chandrahas Choudhury   
Dnyaneshwar Kulkarni Changes His Name                

Shebana Coelho
Who Sees Colour First

Gitanjali Dang
Burial at Sea

Nabina Das
Decoded

Prasanta Das      
The Girl with Good Handwriting                
Moina

Anannya Dasgupta
Swimming Pool

Delna Dastur
Cover, Issue 21

Esther David
Dwaraka - The Floating Kitchen

Anjali Deshpande
A Post Modern Murder

Neeta Deshpande           
The Winning Move                
Lucinda Nelson Dhavan 
         
Neha Dixit
Sexual Violence and Sectarian Violence

Dion D'Souza
The Maid

Divya Dubey       
Ma Tujhe Salaam                  

Musharraf Ali Farooqi    
           
Olivia Fraser
Cover, Issue 10

Nighat Gandhi   
Translation from Urdu of Firdaus Haider's The Cow    
Water of Life
Sharmaji's Shoes
             
Chitra Ganesh
Tales of Amnesia
Cover, Issue 18

Deepa Ganesh  
Translation from Kannada of U R Ananthamurthy's stories Apoorva and The Hunt, The Bangle and The Chameleon

Chandra Ganguly-Meyer
The Monkey God

Natasha Gayari
Chennai Summer

Farah Ghuznavi
Getting There
Escaping the Mirror

Niven Govinden
Grains

Chandan Gowda
Translation from Kannada of K P Purnachandra Tejaswi's An Indentured Spirit
Translation from Kannada of U R Ananthamurthy's Bara

Medha Gupta
Alice in Abadghar

Ratna Gupta
Image accompanying The Reincarnation of Chamunda by Annam Manthiram
         
Mortada Gzar
The Helmet House   translation from Arabic by Yasmeen S Hanoosh

Firdaus Haider   
The Cow   translation from Urdu, Nighat Gandhi   

Archana Hande
Cover, Issue 11
             
Yasmeen S Hanoosh
Translation from Arabic of Mortada Gzar's The Helmet House 

N S Harsha
Cover, Issue 9

Anjum Hasan     

Roshna Kapadia                
Eyes Like Yours                
Jyotsna Kapur
The Song

Neera Kashyap
Supplication

Saudha Kasim    
The Well              

Herra Khan
Cover, Issue 16

Mridula Koshy   
The Good Mother           

Ajay Krishnan    

V Sanjay Kumar
Karivardan excerpted from Accustomed Earth

Sheila Kumar
Tryst

Zui Kumar-Reddy
Look Me in The I

Ranjeeta Kumari
Cover, Issue 23

Rebecca Lloyd   

Javed Ahmed Malik
Taj Mahal

Kuzhali Manickavel          
The Dolphin King     
Whore       

Sharanya Mannivanan   
The High Priestess Never Marries                

Annam Manthiram          
Reincarnationof Chamunda                

Rohini Manyam Seshasayee
Canonball

Neha Margosa
Sixteen

Harman Mavi
You are Dead

Vijay Medtia
Haram

Avantika Mehta
The Green Thumb

Kamalakshi Mehta
Beautiful

Tashan Mehta   

Murli Melwani
Gift for the Goddess

Rajendra Kumar Mishra
A Moment of Happiness and Death translation from Hindi by the author

Sashikanta Mishra           
Deerskin              
Patriots of The Will                

Rheea Mukherjee
A Larger Design
Rectification Still

Yamuna Mukherjee
Cover, Dormant Issue
Cover, Issue 13

G R K Murty
Translation from Telugu of G V Krishna Rao's Dollhouse

Shabnam Nadiya
Do it by the Numbers

Rihan Najib
An Age of Prudence

Brinda S Narayan
@The Shanghai Tea House

Mahesh Natarajan          
Uma Parameswaran       
Sridevi
               
Janice Pariat       
Embassy       

Mohit Parikh
Recess     

Ajay Patri
Enrolment

Devdutt Pattanaik           
Iravan 

Sudhir Patwardhan
Cover, Issue 20

Srinath Perur     
Accidents of Fate      
Translation from Kannada of Vivek Shabhag's Ghachar Ghochar       

Arun Prakash
Thus, The Tale of Miss Tapna

Sudarshan Purohit
Translation from Hindi of Ajay Navaria's Honour

Anupama Raju
Translation from Malayalam of Paul Zacharaiah's The Bar

Mahesh Ramchandani   
The Fartanic Curses                

V Ramaswamy
Translation from Bengali of Subimal Mishra's Who's Responsible
Translation from Bengali of Subimal Mishra's Lord You Showed me the Way

Kaushiki Rao
Obituary

Mahesh Rao
The Smoke is Rising: An Excerpt

G V Krishna Rao
Dollhouse

Shruthi Rao
Blink

Ravindran               
Love Is A Thing Of The Cities       

Daisy Rockwell
Translation from Hindi of Srilal Shukla's Among the Hunters
Translation from Hindi of Arun Prakash's Thus, The Tale of Miss Tapna

Anita Roy             
Jenna

Madhumita Roy
Love Letter
   
G Sadasiv
The Necklace, Continued

Ram Sadasiv
Graphic Design for Pravin Vemuri's Thalaivar versus the Killer Toddlers

Salma
On the Edge   translation from Tamil, N Kalyan Raman

Sathya Saran
The Anklet
The Lost Note
Growing Up

Vidya Samson    
Indian Maidens Bust Loose: The Brothers Kansara                

Mohinder Singh Sarna
A Defender of Humanity   translation from Punjabi, Navtej Sarna

Navtej Sarna
Translation from Punjabi of Mohinder Singh Sarna's A Defender of Humanity

Priya Sarukkai-Chabria   
Hear Me                

Neeraj Sebastian
Bangalore in Flower

Vivek Shanbhag   translation from Kannada, Srinath Perur
Ghachar Ghochar, an excerpt  

Shweta Sharan
She Takes The Bus

Parvati Sharma
That Family Feeling
Not a Folk Tale, Featuring A Dog

Bikram Sharma
The Family Tapestry

Murzban Shroff                
Mind Over Matter                

Srilal Shukla
Among the Hunters   translation from Hindi by Daisy Rockwell

Navsharan Singh
Sexual Violence and Impunity with Urvashi Butalia, for Zubaan

Hasanthika Sirisena
The Other One

Harsh Snehanshu
Swing

Tanuj Solanki
Sentatoms
The Same Story Through The Theoretical Framework Of A Grand Kaleidoscope
The Same Experiment, Again

Noon's Entry excerpted from Neon Noon
The Issue

Rahul Soni           
Local
 
Pavithra Srinivasan
The Good Wife, A Retelling
    
Susmita Srivastava           
The Man Who Wore a Hat                

Karthik Subramanian      
Samskaara                

Nisha Susan        
The Woman Who Forgot To Invent Facebook     

Shruti Swamy
Black Dog

Janet H Swinney
Drishti

Mansha Tandon               
The Invisible Constituency                

K P Purnachandra Tejaswi
An Indentured Spirit   translation from Kannada, Chandan Gowda

Rashmi Terdal
Translation from Kannada of Vasudhendra's Bedbug

Amrita Tripathi
Excerpt from the Sibius Knot

Salil Tripathi
The Brave Ones

Jessica Tyner      
The Stopgap       

Altaf Tyrewala   
Mischief in Netanagar   
Vishnu Sandwich Stall             

Usha K R              
Sepia Tones        

Vinayak Varma  
Star Light, Star Bright                

Vasudhendra
Bedbug, translated from Kannada by Rashmi Terdal

Pravin Vemuri
Thalaivar versus the Killer Toddlers   graphic design, Ram Sadasiv

Radhika Venkatarayan   
The Gift                

Sowmya Vidyadhar
The Hole in the Wall

Kaushik Viswanath
Karma

Anubha Yadav   
The Naked Gods              
11/9

Paul Zacharaiah   translation from Malayalam, Anupama Raju
The Bar

Annie Zaidi          
Sujatha 
Inverter

Hananah Zaheer
A Moment of Silence

Fehmida Zakeer               
Basic Instincts            
A Season of Premature Twilight

Jason Zeitler
The Water's Edge