Call for Submissions: The Best Asian Speculative Fiction

Kitaab is seeking high quality short stories for The Best Asian Speculative Fiction anthology to be published next year. We take a liberal approach towards defining the speculative and will look beyond popular categories of science-fiction, fantasy and horror though these are very much welcome. Our anthology editor is looking forward to reading a variety of stories which could include dystopian, apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, weird, utopian, alternate history, superhero and any permutations and combinations of these. But first and foremost your story should be engaging with attention to characterisation and plot.

Give us stellar tales that slip past the quotidian and the mundane, transporting your reader to the edges of the possible and realms further still. Whisk us away to Murakamiesque wonderlands or Huxleian cacotopias; indulge us with the outré, the outlandish, the uncanny. We are looking here for a whiff of the Asimovian imagination, a taste of Lovecraftian weird, a dash of Atwoodesque futures. Take us on journeys through chinks of space-time, fling us into situations of climate change horror. No fan fiction please. Give us mind-blowing originals.

The best three stories (decided by the editor) will get cash prizes or Amazon vouchers (worth $50 each)! All selected contributors will each receive 2 complimentary copies of the final publication. 

If you are interested to delve a little deeper into speculative fiction, here is an article by Annie Neugebauer.

The Best Asian Speculative Fiction anthology will be edited by Rajat Chaudhuri on behalf of Kitaab, Singapore. Rajat is the author of three works of fiction – Hotel CalcuttaAmber Dusk and a collection of stories in Bengali titled Calculus. He has been a Charles Wallace Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Chichester, United Kingdom, a Hawthornden Castle Fellow, Scotland, a Korean Arts Council-InKo Fellow resident at Toji Cultural Centre, South Korea and a Sangam House India resident writer. This year, he was a judge for the short story segment of Asian English Olympics organised by BINUS university, Indonesia.

Rajat’s fiction, reviews and non-fiction have appeared in Eclectica, American Book Review, Asian Review of Books, Outlook magazine, The Telegraph, Scroll, Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi) and elsewhere. He was a civil society climate change advocate at the United Nations, New York, has worked for a Japanese consular mission and is a past contributor to the United Nations Human Development Report. Currently he teaches a popular online creative writing course ( for students of an Indonesian university. His new novel, a dystopian work set across Asia and Europe, will be published next year. Website:

Rules and regulations

Submissions between 3000-5000 words should be e-mailed to Submissions must be made to both ids to qualify.

Asians of all nationalities living anywhere in the world can send their stories.

Submissions must be MSWORD (.doc/.docx) 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/TBASF/author’s name.

Up to two submissions will be considered from each writer.

Translations are welcome, provided prior permissions are taken by translators from original authors.

Previously published work in print or online (including blogs, magazines or other online fora) will not be accepted.

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

Deadline: January 15, 2018