nether is a literary journal based in India. From 2009-2014 we published six print issues & sixteen fortnights (online issues). Since August 2020, we run as an online quarterly.
We are now reading for our fourth issue, due in July, 2021.
**Due to the overwhelming burden of COVID in India, we have decided to postpone our fourth issue by one month. The issue is now being planned for July 30th. The deadline to submit to our guest editor’s call is now June 20th. Those who have already submitted, you can expect to hear back from us by early July. In the meantime, stay safe and take care.
Guest editor: Yogesh Maitreya
We’re excited to announce poet and translator Yogesh Maitreya as our guest editor for nether’s fourth issue, which will go live on 30th July.
ISSUE THEME: “POLITICS IS PERSONAL“
We have often heard the cliché: “the personal is the political”. But have we ever thought about how “politics is personal”? “Politics” is not only limited to action, or to the field of affairs of the state, but is also deeply personal, as it is social, cultural and literary. What we perceive around us and how we are affected by it, is the manifestation of how we think and are, as persons. In India, a person is in a nutshell, caste. But the tragedy of our society is that it is hardly honest and has long ceased to accept its position from a caste location. But caste is there, as a subconscious, and with deep undercurrents in our literary practices; especially those in the English language. Now is the time to consciously think and write about it. This issue intends to engage with the narratives of authors who are conscious of the trajectories of their caste location. It is interested in an uninhibited engagement with the question of caste, and its foundational role in the very imagining of the work (fiction, poetry or prose; written or intended). We call upon writers to take an acknowledgement of their caste position as the locus from which the world is experienced and understood. We call upon upper caste writers to recognize and problematise their privilege and the aesthetic and literary traditions they’ve inherited. This issue is, as such, dedicated to visibilising the larger truth of Indian society in English literature.
Issue submission deadline: 20 JUNE, 2021
(General submissions will be reviewed as usual. All submissions received after 20 June will be considered for Issue 5.)
We publish texts across all genres. We’re also interested in art, photography, and work which might overlap across all these forms. Submit between 2-5 poems and 1-2 pieces of fiction (Under 5,000 words). Please attach your submissions as a Word document, and please include a short bio (max 100-150 words) in the document. For visual poems, we prefer jpeg or pdf formats.
We are not accepting open art or photography submissions at the moment.
We have an “OPEN” section (on submittable) for work which doesn’t fall under the above categories. If you’re submitting via email please write OPEN in the subject if you think your work defies categorization.
Recommended file title: ‘Firstname Lastname_Submission type‘ (Prose, Fiction, Poems, Open)
Please submit all submissions of the same type in a single file.
If your writing requires special formatting, and must be sent in PDF, please note that we use the font Garamond, size 11, with a 1.15 line spacing for all our issues. It would be great if you could format your text using this font.
Submit (if you use submittable) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We consider unpublished work only. You are welcome to submit your work simultaneously to other publications, but if it is accepted for publication elsewhere, you are required to let us know immediately.
*nether reserves first-publication rights. Individual authors/artists retain the copyright of their work. nether Quarterly is free to read and, unfortunately, we don’t pay our contributors as of now.
‘NEW IN POETRY’ GUIDELINES
If you have a book of poems out in the past 6 months, and would like us to consider it for a review, please send us a query at email@example.com, with ‘New in Poetry’ in the subject line. In your query, please do include the publication details (year of publication and publisher). If you are able to send us a pdf/ecopy, you are welcome to do so. Please do not send us hard copies of the book without a query first. Translations are welcome. Please note that sending us a copy is not a guarantee for inclusion in the quarterly. All new books will be reviewed and selected by Aswin Vijayan, who curates this section.
For all other queries, and if you’d like to come on board one of our issues as a reader, email firstname.lastname@example.org