/ Earthen Lamp Journal

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ELJ is offering an opportunity to professional and amateur photographers / artists / illustrators to showcase their creativity. In case you wish you showcase your work, please send us three best samples in high resolution (min width: 1600px / min height: 1600px). The images/artwork should be related to the theme of the issue. We'd be happy to include it with a photo-credit. However, there is no monetary compensation. Please write to us for details. The photographs/illustrations/artwork must be accompanied by creative captions (20-50 words). If they're accompanied by flash fiction (100 words or less), even better!


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


Dilip Bobb


ELJ is a literary e-journal, which plans to publish three issues in 2013. We are interested in fiction, creative non-fiction, a little poetry, book reviews, interviews, and art. Though our focus is mainly on writing from Asia, we appreciate good writing and, if you have an extraordinary story well told, we will be delighted to include it. Each issue is based on a theme. We accept unsolicited submissions, but do follow our guidelines carefully. Since there are limited slots, please submit the best piece you have. You can submit one piece per category at a time. Only the final version must be submitted. For obvious reasons, we cannot allow changes/revisions once the piece has been received.


The copyright rests with the author. We ask for the right to publish the piece in the e-journal, and to keep it in our archives. If you wish to re-publish the piece elsewhere, after it has appeared in our journal, please mention in that pubication that it first appeared in ELJ.


ELJ pays Rs 1000 per piece to all contributors either based in India or with an account in India. On behalf of the other contributors, ELJ can donate the amount to any person/organization in India they wish.

Theme and Deadline

Submissions for Issue III (Sep 2013) now open.

Theme: East, West: Juxtapositions and Intersections

Deadline: July 15, 2013

All submissions must be previously unpublished work. Pieces posted on blogs/any website/e-zine/ print media, etc, count as published matter and will be ineligible. We do not accept children's stories/poems, or academic work.

Fiction: flash fic (750-1000 words), short stories (1500-3000 words), novelettes (8000-10,000 words), or novel extracts (up to 3000 words). Though we don't insist on it, it will be better if the extract is a stand-alone piece. It should be from a book that is scheduled to be published within the next two or three months, or has been published the same month. Translations are allowed as long as the author has all the required permissions and all legalities are clear. Those are the author's responsibility.

Non-fic: memoirs, travel writing, personal essays, personal narrative essays, literary-journalistic essays, opinion, comment (1000-3000 words). We do not publish academic works.

Poetry: no particular length, but shouldn't be toooo long.

Reviews: Publishers/authors are welcome to send their latest books to ELJ for review. The criteria: They should be original works; they should be recent publications; they should have literary value; and they should fit into the theme of our next issue. The emphasis is on 'literary', whether they are fiction or non-fiction works. If you have any queries, please write to info@earthenlampjournal.com

Please send the books to Harishankar Gautam, ELJ, D-220, Sector 55, Noida 201307, UP, India.

We do not accept unsolicited book reviews.

All submissions must be in word doc only. Please use Arial 10/12, and leave one line space between the paragraphs. Do mention your name, postal address, email ID, mobile no., and word count, in a header on every page. Of course, you must not forget to put page numbers on the document. In the subject line, please say submission: genre, title, word count, and your name. Do not write anything else. Your submission (word) document should have your name, followed by the title of the submission, and genre. Please add a short author bio (50-100 words) on the same document. You can mail the submissions to: submissions@earthenlampjournal.com. We accept submissions by email only. Please do not send us any material that does not conform with the theme of the issue or our guidelines.

Policy on Simultaneous Submissions

You can make simultaneous submissions, but please don't forget to inform us immediately if your work is accepted by another publication.

Reading Time

Though we try our best to get back to you as soon as we can, depending on the number of submissions, it may take up to a month after the deadline..