Submission Call and Guidelines

                                ISSUE 6 THEME:  The Banality of Disempowerment and Silence

                                GUEST EDITOR: HUZAIFA PANDIT

                                READING PERIOD 5TH OCTOBER – 5TH DECEMBER

For this issue Huzaifa would like to focus on the theme of identities and how they are negotiated and contested in times as these. He is interested in how identities are articulated through the grit of everyday routines and rituals, especially in zones and times which are extraordinary in themselves through violence, subversion, polarisation and contestation. For instance, how do we write the banality of disempowerment and silence in face of incremental violence? How does identity come across in translation of languages and spaces which share a relation of kinship with that of ours? How do we trace these kinships? Poetry, prose and fiction are all welcome, though poetry will receive some preferential treatment. Translations from Urdu and Kashmiri are especially welcome.


Huzaifa Pandit works as Assistant Professor, English at Government Degree College Pampore, Kashmir. He pursued his PhD on Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Agha Shahid Ali and Mahmoud Darwish: Poetics of Resistance’ at University of Kashmir. He is also the author of ‘Green is the Colour of Memory’ (Hawakal Publishers) which won the first edition of Rhythm Divine Poets Chapbook Contest 2017. Besides he is the winner of several poetry contests like Glass House Poetry Competition and Bound Poetry Contest. His poems, translations, interviews, essays and papers have been published in various journals like Post-Colonial Studies, Indian Literature, PaperCuts, Life and Legends, Jaggery Lit, JLA India, Outlook and Poetry at Sangam.



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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