Submission Call and Guidelines

We are now reading for our fifth issue, due in March-April 2022.

ISSUE THEME: Being and Belongingness

For this issue we are looking for writing that thinks along two axes: the personal, and being in context. Our identities—who we are—are dynamic and open-ended processes that come to form in concert with others around us. “I come to become who I am in relation to how others see me.” We are equally molded by our contexts—where we belong—and the shared-experiences these contexts afford. We invite writing that reflects on these processes: who are we? How do we become subjects? How do we undo the (often oppressive/repressive) processes of subject formation? We especially invite writing that engages with the ‘we’ aspect of identity formation (you could consider the phrase “we are” as a prompt to take off from). How do we express our identity, our subjectivity, in and as a ‘we’? Long-form responses (exceeding our standard word-limit) in any form—poetry, fiction, non-fiction—are welcome. And as always, translations are especially welcome.

Issue submission deadline: 20 FEBRUARY, 2022

(General submissions and submissions received so far will be reviewed as usual. All submissions received after 20th Feb will be considered for Issue 6.)

Guest editors:
Shalim M Hussain is a writer, translator, teacher and researcher based in Assam. His books include a poetry anthology titled Betel Nut City and two translations- Asimot Jar Heral Sima (by Kanchan Barua) and Post-Colonial Poetry (by Kamal Kumar Tanti), both translated from Assamese to English. He is currently co-writing a book titled Critical History of Assamese Literature, to be published by Orient Blackswan in 2022. He is an Assistant Professor at Government Model College of Borkhola, Assam. His translation of Miya Poetry to be published by Tilted Axis Press has won PEN Translate awards for 2021.

Abdul Kalam Azad is a human rights researcher, writer and community mobilizer from Assam. Abdul is working on his PhD thesis at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and is currently based at the Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York, UK, as a visiting fellow. Abdul previously worked with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati. Abdul has written extensively on the issues of statelessness and human rights abuses in the state of Assam for national and international media platforms.  


We publish texts across all genres. 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 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.

Please include your name in the file title. 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.

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.

Submit (if you use submittable) or via email at

*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.  

**We are not accepting open art or photography submissions at the moment.


If you have a book of poems published in the past 6 months, and would like us to consider it for a review, please send us a query at, 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.

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