Saturday 3 July 2010


Please note that we are no longer accepting submissions for "The China Issue". We are, however, accepting works for the Fourth Anniversary Issue. See here.

[Read the Chinese versions here or download the English call PDF here.]

Cha: An Asian Literary Journal is now accepting submissions for "The China Issue", an edition of the journal devoted exclusively to work from and about contemporary China. The issue, which will be published in June/July 2011, will feature poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, scholarly works and visual art exploring the modern Middle Kingdom. We are looking for submissions from a wide range of Chinese and international voices on the social, political and cultural forces which are shaping the country. If you have something interesting, opinionated or fresh to say about China today, we would like to hear from you. Please note that we can only accept submissions in English.

We are pleased to announce that Cha former contributor, distinguished Chinese scholar and poet Yibing Huang will be joining Cha as guest editor for the issue (see his biography below) and read the submissions with co-editors Tammy Ho and Jeff Zroback. Huang has graciously agreed to lend us his extensive knowledge of Chinese literature and keen critical eye to help us select the pieces and shape the issue.

The Reviews section will be devoted exclusively to books related to China. If you have a recent book that you think would be right for review in "The China Issue", we encourage you to contact our Reviews Editor Eddie Tay at Books should be sent to Eddie before the end of March 2011.

If you would like to have work considered for "The China Issue", please submit by email to by 15th April, 2011. Please include "The China Issue" in the subject line of the email or your work will automatically be considered for one of the regular issues. Submissions to the issue should conform to our guidelines.

YIBING HUANG (pen-name: Mai Mang) was born in Changde, Hunan, China and inherited Tujia ethnic minority blood from his mother. After receiving his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Chinese Literature from Beijing University, he moved to the U.S. in 1993. He holds a second Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. Huang's poetry has been published in China since the 1980s and can be found in many anthologies. As a "blindist," he is the author of two books of poetry: Stone Turtle: Poems 1987-2000 (2005) and Approaching Blindness (2005). Most recently, he published Contemporary Chinese Literature: From the Cultural Revolution to the Future (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), a book that presents case studies of the generation of Chinese writers which spent its formative years during the Cultural Revolution and focuses on this generation's identity shift from "orphans of history" to "cultural bastards." A traveler in the world who has given poetry readings in China and in the U.S., Huang is currently an associate professor of Chinese at Connecticut College.
Call also posted/mentioned in the following places:
  • Asian Australian Studies Research Network [link]
  • Asia-Pacific Writing Partnership [link]
  • Asia Writes [link]
  • Canadian Arts Connect [link]
  • China Daily [link]
  • China English [link]
  • Chinalyst: English Language China blogs [link]
  • Co-Views [link]
  • Crg Hill's poetry scorecard [link]
  • Drunken Boat [link, link]
  • Duotrope's Digest [link]
  • English Department, University of Pennsylvania [link]
  • Hong Kong Writers' Circle, The [link]
  • Hot Stuff [link]
  • Jennifer Hossman's eLearning for Writers [link]
  • just a moment [link]
  • Lantern Review Blog [link]
  • Listen and Be Heard Network Arts News [link]
  • New Pages (posted on July 10) [link]
  • New Zealand Poetry Society [link]
  • Northern Territory Writers' Centre, The [link]
  • On The Other Side of the Eye [link]
  • Paper Republic: Chinese Literature in Translation [link]
  • Places for writers [link
  • POETICS Digest - 5 Jul 2010 to 6 Jul 2010 (#2010-157)
  • Rutgers-Newark MFA: Blog [link]
  • Simon Fraser University [link]
  • Toad Press [link]

1 comment:

  1. Hi, there,Cha looks very interesting and found my work in it! Do you review book in Chinese? I have a new book of poetry, would love to have it reviewed by Cha.

    Zhang Er (


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