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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 September-October, 2021.

**Update: For personal reasons Yogesh Maitreya has decided to step down as the guest editor for issue #4. In communication with Yogesh, we approached writer Rahee Punyashloka to join us and take over the call. We are happy to say that Rahee has agreed. The call (below) remains the same. On Rahee’s request we have decided to keep submissions open until 15 September 2021. All submissions received after this date will be read for the January issue. We will be in touch with you soon. Thank you so much for understanding! We are very excited to begin reading the submissions we have received so far, and look forward to reading many more! In the meantime, stay safe and take care.

Guest editor: Rahee Punyashloka*
We’re excited to announce writer and artist Rahee Punyashloka as our guest editor for nether’s fourth issue, which will go live in early October.

*Rahee Punyashloka is a writer, visual artist, experimental filmmaker, and scholar from Bhubaneswar, India. His works have had numerous exhibitions including at the International Film Festival, Rotterdam and the Tribeca Film Festival, New York. He creates Ambedkarite art and anti-caste discourse under the moniker ‘artedkar’. Currently, he is revising his debut novel, A Manual for Shapeshifting, under the mentorship of Madhuri Vijay, as part of the South Asia Speaks program.

ISSUE THEME: “POLITICS IS PERSONAL” (Original call by Yogesh Maitreya)

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: 15 SEPTEMBER, 2021
(General submissions will be reviewed as usual, and all submissions received so far . 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 submit@netherquarterly.com
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.  


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 nether.submissions@gmail.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 info@netherquarterly.com

Avinab Datta-Areng
Divya Nadkarni

Visual Editor:
Amrita Bagchi

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