Past and Future

It is time to think of the future now that Eastlit has made it past six months and has published six online issues. Over this period we have also seen constant growth in readership. Just from March to April saw a 50% increase. Bryn and I have also managed to increase administrative efficiency to the point where we are now confident that we can start thinking about moving to the next stage in Eastlit’s development. We would also like to thank all of you who have contributed work, read the journal and given us feedback over the first six months. We would not be where we are without you.

The Future

The first thing to say about the future is that we do not plan on changing what we offer now. However, there are a number of things we are looking at adding:

  • Issues of Eastlit that can be downloaded. This means you would not need to be online to read Eastlit. You could also read it on reading devices such as Kindles. It may also make things easier on the eye.
  • Photograph and visual art section. While concentrating on English literature in East and South East Asia, in response to some requests, we are thinking of taking submissions of photographs or other works of visual art. We believe this would add a nice juxtaposition to the text, and also create more of a magazine feel.
  • Non-native writers. We plan on actively promoting Eastlit and its free editorial services for non-native writers in the future. We are also thinking of offering some form of online creative writing courses aimed at non-native writers. This is all part of our longer term aim of supporting local writers. We would dearly love to take this all to some of the poorer countries of the region, but that is probably for a later stage. Our longer term aim is to increase the amount of local non-native pieces without cutting the amount of quality native written pieces we publish. Eastlit would just become a larger publication.
  • Revisiting older issues/pieces. We do plan on highlighting or reissuing pieces of work that can be buried in older issues as time goes by. One of the things I personally heard from writers when first mulling the idea of Eastlit was that they had pieces published years ago that they felt were now just lost in either a dead journal or a years old unviewed issue. We at Eastlit want to try and ensure that this will not happen to work published on Eastlit.
  • Archive. Any issue older than 3 months is now listed on the currently minimalist Archive page. For now just click the picture on this page to enter the issue. I will probably be redesigning the archive page in the next few months. Hey, any ideas on what it should or should not have would be great!

These are our plans, but before moving ahead with them, we would as always appreciate any thoughts, comments or criticism. At Eastlit we do want to remain genuinely responsive to our contributors and readers and be as transparent as we can. I am letting you know about this now before we move ahead, so we can factor in any feedback we get. As the plans are formulated I will give updated reports here.

These plans together coupled with increased viewing does mean extra cost for us, and that brings me to the next topic.

Fund Raising

Firstly, this is not a sudden request for donations or largesse,  but a request for any advice or ideas on how funds could be raised to cover increased costs. Bryn and I are not looking at being paid or even recouping what we have already spent on setting up Eastlit. However, to move ahead on the new projects, we are looking at ways we could cover some or even all of the cost of a project. Our personal funds are not unlimited! Neither of us are businessmen or have any experience or knowledge of raising funds. If anyone reading this does, some advice would be welcome. You can contact us here.

Previously we mentioned advertising. However, this was not popular as it was seen as anything from selling out to ruining the look. So I guess that option is ruled out. We will also not indulge in anything that risks the independence of Eastlit, its aims or its editorial policy. Apart from that we are open to suggestions, but please bear in mind neither of us can cook cakes that anyone will buy.

It would also be nice if one day we could offer some remuneration for contributions, or maybe more realistically competition prizes.

May Issue

Past and Future Page: Table of Content: The complete list of contents for the Eastlit May Issue is below. Please click on a link to go to the page. We hope you enjoy the work in the May issue of Eastlit. Eastlit Cover. The picture is Renewal of Vows and is submitted by Tom Sheehan featuring his old friends Stanley "Ike" George Kujawski (7-20-21 to 5-3-12) and Setsuko "Dottie" Haghara Kujawski (3-3-22 to 11-15-88). They were Married in Tokyo on 11-12-47. Married for 41 years. The poem At the Lake featured in this issue of Eastlit is dedicated to Stanley Kujawski. The Eastlit May cover design is by Graham Lawrence. Editorial by Bryn Tennant. Blame it on the Farmer by Stefanie Field. At the Lake by Tom Sheehan. The Cebuanos by Charlie Canning. Three Poems by Anna Yin. The poems are: The Map Home, Visiting "The Warrior Emperor and China's Terracotta Army" and A Chinese Nightingale. The Battle of Mianzi by Nichole Reber. Life Cycle by Richard Lutman. Life Cycle is the third chapter of The Iron Buttefly. Five Poems by James Underwood. The poems are: Absent, Currents, Mine, Semaphore and Whiter. Gavin is a Nazi by Christopher Luppi. Five Poems by James Austin Farrell. The poems are: The Battle of the Bulge, Five Star, Rainy Season, Sentiments and The Night Bazaar. A Girl Named Indira by Ashutosh Ravikrishnan. Three Poems by Dawnell Harrison. The poems are: Wounded Whisper, Quiet and Time. Master by Nicholas Keys. How not Write: 1. How Not to Market Yourself by Steve Rosse. The first in a series of short advisory pieces by author and editor Stever Rosse. Contributors. An alphabetical list of all the contributors to the May issue of Eastlit complete with biographies of all the writers and poets can be found in this section. Note on Work: Please note that we publish work as received. We do not edit work for minor errors. We regard these as decisions made by the author. The one exception is that we may work with second language writers to help them say what they want to say. Please note all work whether writing or pictures remains the copyrighted work of its authors. Subscribe to our newsletter for all the latest on upcoming issues, competitions, incentives, contributors and news in general. The independent offshoot of Eastlit The International Writers Group can be found on Google+.The May issue has already been read by a very large number of people. I did hear a report or two of the server being down on occasion. If you notice this, could you please let me know as we do have a plan to upgrade hosting, but with cost a consideration it is not yet urgent although could become so!

Anyway the May issue with the last part of the Iron Butterfly and the first of the How Not to Write series as well as writers new and previous to Eastlit is out and receiving good feedback. If you haven’t seen it yet, just click on the picture to the left. It has more content than the last few issues. The cover picture is explained inside.


Don’t forget you can now also submit translations into English of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. In fact we positively welcome this. Please read our submissions page first. Then submit through the submissions e-mail.

Other News

There is not much else to say. However, I would like to thank all those who have contributed to the first six issues. I have really enjoyed everything I have read even in some cases if it hasn’t been published. Remember that you can submit more any time, and we will just slot it in for consideration for one of the next few issues.

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