September 28, 2023


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Call for Submissions: The Best Asian Short Stories 2023

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The anthology will be published in the last quarter of 2023.

Kitaab is seeking short story submissions for The Best Asian Short Stories 2023 anthology, the latest in the annual TBASS series of anthologies, which aims to celebrate the Asian short story as a constantly evolving, innovative and vibrant mode of literary expression.

The focus of our 2023 issue is LOSS but stories on other themes will be considered too. We are looking for well-crafted literary fiction and creative non-fiction that is able to capture the attention of our readers. Everyone has a story to tell about loss and everyone knows a story of loss – be it the loss of a person in their lives, a place, a memory, or even of practices and old ways. And we all cope rather differently to the loss. Tell us your story or a story close to your heart. Show us your journey. 

The anthology will be published in the last quarter of 2023.

We will also select some web-extra stories: these will be stories that were not selected for the print version of the book to be published as Web specials. 

The Best Asian Short Stories 2023 anthology will be edited by – Dr. Anitha Devi Pillai. 

Anitha Devi Pillai (PhD) is an applied linguist, author, translator, and poet. She has published both academic and creative work. She teaches a variety of writing courses at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, including creative writing, writing pedagogy and academic writing. She is best known for her award-winning research on the Malayalee community in Singapore which was supported by a grant from the National Heritage Board, Singapore. Many of her poems as well as short stories have made their way into the classrooms in Singapore, India, Australia, and the Philippines. Her work generally explores themes such as identity, heritage, and culture. Amongst other roles, Anitha is also the Co-Director of the ‘16th International Conference on the Short Story in English’ editor of special issue of SARE journal, and a fiction editor at PR&TA journal.


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 will also be considered.

Submission Guidelines

  • Only one submission will be considered from each writer.
  • Previously published work in print or online (including blogs, magazines or other online fora) or translations will not be accepted. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are not encouraged but will be considered. Please inform us immediately if the story is accepted elsewhere.
  • Submissions between 3000-5000 words should be e-mailed to 

Submission fee: None (submissions are free)

Submission Deadline: 15 April, 2023

Format – Please adhere to this strictly

  • Submissions must be MSWORD (.doc/.docx) attachments, 
  • typed double spaced 
  • Times New Roman 12 font
  • The submission should also be pasted within the body of the covering mail. 
  • The subject line of the email should read as: Submission/TBASS2023/author’s name. 
  • Do include a 200 word summary of the story before the story
  • Please include an author bio note of 100 words after the story
  • The order of submission should be: Title of story/Author’s Name/ Summary/ Narrative/ Author’s Bio.

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