Call for Submissions
Welcome to 'Our Space', the inaugural publication of Women Empowered-India (WE).
Announcing the first Kamala Das Poetry Award 2018, from Women Empowered-India (WE) :
Awarded to poet Sujatha Mathai, for lifetime contribution to poetry. Our deepest respects to her.
We prefer unpublished work in English from anywhere in the world. But if you are submitting work that has been previously published, or has appeared online, in blogs, on Facebook, etc. please mention in acknowledgements.
We welcome unsolicited submissions of poetry, only original work for now, during our submission period, May 15 – June 15.
Please submit a maximum of five poems at a time, along with a very brief note about the poet in the third person. Combine the poems and introduction in a single document and send it in the body of the email, OR upload it as one attachment. (Multiple attachments will go unread). Accepted formats: PDF and Word.
Submit at firstname.lastname@example.org (with 'Poetry/haiku' in the subject line).
Simultaneous submissions are NOT accepted for our inaugural publication.
Please submit one article/essay/interview on a theme of your choice from the ones mentioned below. Send it in the body of the email, OR in a PDF or Word attachment. Submit at email@example.com. (with 'Essay/Review' in the subject line)
We prefer unpublished work and no simultaneous submissions. But if you are submitting work that has been previously published or has appeared online, in blogs, on Facebook, etc. please mention in acknowledgements.
1. Feminism – own it, define it, illumine its scope, let it reach out to people with its ‘equal’ core.
2. Common goals - the unifying nature of shared goals to nullify differences and create understanding.
3. Rings of shared knowledge – counterpoints to violence, ignorance, prejudiice
4. Spring, song, gulmohar - all that you find beautiful, hold with love, want to cherish
5. Faith and Shraddha - your own experiences/awareness
(Inspired by Swami Parthasarthy's lectures on Vedanta).
Faith is to believe in something before you know it. The bird that starts chirping, feeling the light, when the dawn is yet to come and it is dark....
Shraddha is taking that faith to transform yourself with the tenets therein, with full respect in your heart.
Poetry haiku senryu haibun essay flash-fiction micro-fiction review
What we love
Give us in your offerings a glimpse of your fiercely fought for territory, your landscape of desires, the ones that will change your world one step at a time.... tell us how you want to (re)belong. ..
Give us choice. Give us shape. A contour we can call our own. Give us 'brave'.
Give us the warts in the things you know and tell us how you see them.... how you'd like to see them go...
Give us innocence, and love.... and strong... maybe the colours in a song...?
Give us light, light, more light… and tell us when you’ve not been afraid to walk in the dark.
Give us insights.
Give us the sound of your footsteps,
as you’ve walked across spaces where you belong and called your own, or
the ones that are unknown….. give us freedom.
Enjoy writing. And sharing joy with your work…we look forward to reading everything.
Submission to the inaugural issue is free
For the inaugural issue there is no payment offered, however, copies of the book may be offered to contributors.
Kala Ramesh (haiku/haibun) Taseer Gujral (Poetry)
Abha Iyengar (flash fiction) Mohd. Farhan (Reviews)
Smeetha Bhoumik - Chief Editor