Call for submissions: The Best Asian Short Stories (TBASS) by Kitaab

The Best Asian Short Stories (TBASS) series will showcase arresting contemporary short fiction from Asia. The inaugural edition of The Best Asian Short Stories (TBASS) is due for publishing in 2017.

The Best Asian inaugural edition will choose the best twenty or so short stories from the submissions.

The Best Asian aims to showcase stories offering fresh insights into the experience of being Asian. We seek fiction that transcends borders and social and political divisions, while drawing us into the lives of people and the places where they come from. Send us stories that ask questions and probe ambiguities; stories of uneasy choices, introspection, thought and insights, of moments of epiphany or catharsis. Enthral us with tales of the magical, the profound, the absurd and the chilling. Send us stories that tug at the heartstrings, or leave us raw and shaken. We want writing that will move us, and continue to resonate after the last page is read. We value genuine, sincere writing.

The Best Asian is looking for symphonies of style and heartfelt emotions.

We want strong stories well-told, in language which is controlled and precise, yet innovative and delicately crafted with love. We would appreciate attention to craft. Hastily scribbled drafts with errors which a simple spell check can rectify, will hurt our sensibilities. Send us your best work, whether previously unpublished or published.

Monideepa SahuThe series will be edited by author and columnist Monideepa Sahu. Monideepa studied English literature at Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, and did her post graduation at Delhi University. She began her career in the management cadres of the State Bank group before veering off into writing. She has authored Going Home in the Rain, and Other Stories (Kitaab, Singapore), Riddle of the Seventh Stone (Zubaan) and Rabindranath Tagore: The Renaissance Man (Penguin/Puffin). Her short fiction has been accepted into collections from Central Michigan University, Northeastern Illinois University, Marshall Cavendish (Singapore), Puffin, Scholastic India, and elsewhere. She has been a Views columnist with Bangalore Mirror (Times of India Group), and regularly writes for The Deccan Herald and other mainstream publications. She is Fiction Editor with Kitaab.

Spending her first half of life in New Delhi and Washington D. C., and the second half in Bangalore, she is now living out of suitcases and packing boxes. During her nomadic phases, she has also called Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bhubaneswar and charming small towns in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh her home.

Rules and regulations

Submissions within 5000 words should be e-mailed to

Submissions must be word.doc attachments typed double spaced in legible fonts, preferably Times New Roman 12. The submission should also be pasted within the body of the covering mail.

Please include an author bio note of 100 words.

The subject line of the email should read as: Submission/TBASS/author’s name

Up to two submissions will be considered from each writer.

Translations will be considered, with original author’s permission.

Simultaneous submissions will be considered. Please intimate us immediately if the story is accepted elsewhere.

Deadline: November 15, 2016



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