ELJ is a literary e-journal that will be published three times a year beginning from January 2013. We plan to publish fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and book reviews. We'd like to invite talented writers from everywhere, as long as the pieces are well written and have universal appeal. Each issue will be based on a theme. Yes, we accept unsolicited submissions. More details on our submissions page.


Our philosophy is simple. If it's well written, interesting, and relevant, publish it. ELJ aims to publish the best writing from established as well as new authors. Since we plan to do three issues a year, and slots are limited, we would obviously like to include only the best, so do make sure that you send us the very best you have.


The theme for our Sep. 2013 issue is 'East, West: Juxtapositions and Intersections'. The deadline is July 15, 2013.


The Wait is and is Not - Nitasha Kaul

You Don't Mess with Viru - Jayant Kripalani

The Last Journey Home - Siddhartha Gigoo

Family Trip - Mihir Vatsa

For the Longest Time - Mridula Koshy

The Tree's Passport - Sumana Roy

I Try to be so Buddhist - Robert Sugg

Oh God, My God - GB Prabhat

Stroke at Noon - KL Chowdhury
(personal narrative)

Unbroken Awareness - Tendair Mwanaka

Island of a Thousand Mirrors - Nayomi Munaweera

My Hungry Workers - Sourabh Gupta
(personal narrative)

The Stone - Anupam Choudhary

The Return - Shirani Rajapakse

The Unsent Email - Shyama Laxman

Poetry: Naseer Ahmed Nasir
(Translated by Bina Biswas)

Dr Bhikbab Changes His World - Sheela Jaywant

The Pillar of Society - Manju Kak

Book Reviews

Distant Traveller - Attia Hosain
(Mita Bose)

London Company - Farrukh Dhondy
(Rakhshanda Jalil)

The Cripple and His Talismans - Anosh Irani
(Mariam Karim)

Their Language of Love - Bapsi Sidhwa
(Arjun Raj Gaind)

Silk Fish Opium - Jaina Sanga
(Suneetha Balakrishnan)

The Blind Man's Garden - Nadeem Aslam
(Mariam Karim)

The Almond Tree - Michelle Corasanti
(Bina Biswas)

Nobody Can Love You More - Mayank Austen Soofi
(KG Sreenivas)

Along the Red River - Sabita Goswami
(Abdullah Khan)

Tales of a Journalist, Bureaucrat, Spy - Som Nath Dhar
(KG Sreenivas)

Che in Paona Bazaar - Kishalay Bhattacharjee
(S Ramesh)

Best from the Bookery


Tan Twan Eng
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni


Paintings: Donovan Roebert
Poetry: Priya Sarukkai Chabria


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Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
Divya Dubey

Divya Dubey
Divya Dubey is the publisher of Gyaana Books and a new literary
e-journal, the Earthen Lamp Journal ( She also runs Authorz Coracle, a resource for aspiring writers. Divya has worked with trade books, academic and textbook publishing, as well as graphic novels. She is a former student of St Stephen's College (Delhi) and Oxford Brookes University (UK). Her articles have been published by The Bookseller (UK), The Hindu Literary Review, Hindustan Times, Pravasi Bharatiya, All About Book Publishing, Book Link, The Publisher's Post, the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Indo-Asian News Service, and others. Some of her short fiction has appeared in literary journals such as Out-of-Print, Muse India, Kindle Magazine, and Urban Voice 4. She was a finalist for the British Council YCE Award, Publishing, 2010.

Contributing Editors
Mariam Karim

Mariam Karim Ahlawat
Mariam is a teacher of French language and literature (JNU, Kashmir University, Alliance Francaise), translator, instruction designer (educational software), freelance editor, and published writer of fiction (for both children and adults). She holds three postgraduate degrees and in literature and pedagogy -- from India ( JNU) and France( Sorbonne), and has been the recipient of several scholarships and fellowships, and the Egide Artist's Residency in Paris. Her first novel, My Little Boat, published by Penguin India, was nominated for the International IMPAC Award, and the sequel was long-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2009. She has also published stories in several anthologies including the South Asian Review (USA) and Our Voice (the PEN International Women Writer's anthology in English, Spanish, and French).

Abdullah Kham

Abdullah Khan
Abdullah Khan is a banker by profession. Born in a village near Motihari, Bihar, he was initially educated in Islamic and Urdu-medium schools. In the mid-1990s, he discovered that he shared his place of birth with George Orwell. And this Orwellian connection with his home district drew him towards literature. He writes on literary and social issues for a number of Indian and international publications, including The Hindu, Brooklyn Rail, The Book Review, and The Daily Star amongst others. He is currently working on his first novel.

Suneetha Balakrishnan

Suneetha Balakrishnan
Suneetha Balakrishnan is a writer, translator, and reviewer based in Trivandrum, Kerala, having contributed short fiction and poetry to various anthologies published in India and the UK. She is a certified creative writing trainer from the British Council, and a former writer in residence at Sangam House. She has also worked as a faculty member for various English language and literature courses at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), IMG Kerala. Suneetha's works have been published by the Caravan, Muse India, Sahitya Akademi's Indian Literature, Live IT, Media Voice Mag, and Reading Hour. She has also written for The Hindu, The Hindu Literary Review, The Business Standard, Times of India, Economic Times, Windows and Aisles, SpiceRoute, and Kalakaumudi – a literary magazine in the regional language Malayalam.

KG Sreenivas

KG Sreenivas
KG Sreenivas until recently led publishing operations at IANS-Publishing, the outsource publishing vertical of IANS. Presently a communication consultant, Sreenivas has had diverse professional experience in the media – radio, print, newswire, and publishing, having worked with leading national and international media houses like The Indian Express Group, the erstwhile BridgeNews, Cambridge European Associates UK, PressWire News UK, and Pearson Education India. Sreenivas has also led offshore publishing operations for clients based in the Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Europe. Currently on a sabbatical, Sreenivas writes occasional poetry and is working on his first novel.

Renu Kaul

Renu Kaul Verma
Renu Kaul Verma is a founder-director of Vitasta Publishing Private Limited, and specialises both in fiction as well as non-fiction books. She is a former journalist, who has worked with major Indian dailies such as the Indian Express and the Hindustan Times. She also publishes a monthly newspaper focused on the Indian publishing industry, called Book Link.