December 2, 2023


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Call for Submissions: The Best Asian Poetry 2021

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TBAP 2021

Kitaab (Singapore) is seeking high-quality poetry submissions for its inaugural The Best Asian Poetry 2021 anthology, the latest addition to the long-standing annual Best Asian series of anthologies which aims to celebrate Asian literature as a constantly evolving, innovative and vibrant mode of literary expression.

   There is no specific focus for our 2021 issue, only poetic excellence is the criterion. The anthology will be published in the last quarter of 2021 and we hope to launch it at the Singapore Writers Festival like our past prose anthologies. (Check out our earlier anthologies here)


   The Best Asian Poetry 2021 anthology will be introduced, selected and edited by Sudeep Sen:

Sudeep Sen’s [] prize-winning books include: Postmarked India: New & Selected Poems (HarperCollins), Rain, Aria (A. K. Ramanujan Translation Award), Fractals: New & Selected Poems | Translations 1980-2015 (London Magazine Editions), EroText (Vintage: Penguin Random House), and Kaifi Azmi: Poems | Nazms (Bloomsbury). He has edited influential anthologies, including: The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry, World English Poetry, and Modern English Poetry by Younger Indians (Sahitya Akademi). Anthropocene: Climate Change, Contagion, Consolation; Blue Nude: Ekphrasis & New Poems (Jorge Zalamea International Poetry Prize) and The Whispering Anklets are forthcoming. Sen’s works have been translated into over 25 languages. His words have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Newsweek, Guardian, Observer, Independent, Telegraph, Financial Times, Herald, Poetry Review, Literary Review, Harvard Review, Hindu, Hindustan Times, Times of India, Indian Express, Outlook, India Today, and broadcast on bbc, pbs, cnn ibn, ndtv, air & Doordarshan. Sen’s newer work appears in New Writing 15 (Granta), Language for a New Century (Norton), Leela: An Erotic Play of Verse and Art (Collins), Indian Love Poems (Knopf/Random House/Everyman), Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe), Initiate: Oxford New Writing (Blackwell), and Name me a Word (Yale). He is the editorial director of AARK ARTS, editor of Atlas, and currently the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Museo Camera. Sen is the first Asian honoured to deliver the Derek Walcott Lecture and read at the Nobel Laureate Festival. The Government of India awarded him the senior fellowship for “outstanding persons in the field of culture/literature.”


   Asians of all nationalities living anywhere in the world are eligible. By ‘Asian writers’, we mean all writers who belong to the continent of Asia. Non-Asian authors who have resided in and written extensively about an Asian country may also be considered in special cases.

Deadlines and Fees

   Submission fee (until 31 March 2021): Free, but you have to be an annual subscriber of Kitaab (Become a subscriber here at S$10 a year). All submissions must be made together with the submission fee receipt or screenshot paid. For fee waiver requests in case of financial difficulties, please write to us at

Format & Guidelines

   Submissions should be emailed to and cc to Please write the following as the subject header: Submission/TBAP2021/Author’s name (& Country)

   Submissions must be sent as a MSWORD (.doc/.docx) attachment, typed single-spaced in Garamond 11 points, in the following order: 1. Name & Country; 2. Date of Birth & Country of Residence; 3. Author Bio: 100-150 words (maximum); 4. Only ONE submission (up to 5 poems) will be considered from each writer.

   We prefer unpublished work, but previously published work in print or online maybe considered if the author provides gratis reprint rights. The rights will remain with the author/poet and Kitaab will only have non-exclusive publishing rights. 

   Translations from other languages are welcome but the submitter will be responsible for making sure that all copyright permissions are duly taken ahead of time. Simultaneous submissions are not encouraged, but will be considered in special cases. Please inform us immediately if the poem/s is/are accepted elsewhere.


   As an honorarium, each selected poet will get a complimentary copy of the anthology or a $25 Kitaab voucher. 

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