April News

Well it is Happy Thai New Year (Songkhran) to everyone who celebrates it at the start of this news post. It is very hot in Thailand and the five days of water throwing where I live is in full flow. People really seem to be enjoying themselves this year, which is a great thing.

Still, sitting in the garden at 9:45 I had better turn my mind to things Eastlit and give an update of what is going on before the temperature rises too high and the partying begins.

May Issue

The May issue of Eastlit will be bigger than the April issue. The plan is to have it out on May 1 for International Labour Day. It will include fiction, poetry, a novel extract and non-fiction and the first of a series on how not to write!

How Not to Write

Starting in the May issue we will be running a series titled How Not to Write by Steve Rosse. Steve Rosse is a former columnist for The Nation newspaper in Bangkok. He has written a number of books and is an accomplished editor with an eye for good and bad writing!  He has had a number of pieces published in Eastlit since its launch. We hope that writers both new and experienced will find his advice and tips useful.

April Issue

Table of Content: The complete list of contents for the Eastlit April Issue is below. Please click on a link to go to the page. We hope you enjoy the work in the April issue of Eastlit. Eastlit Cover. The picture is Urumqi in Winter by Xenia Taiga. The Eastlit April cover design is by Graham Lawrence. Note: Urumqi is the capital of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China, in the northwest of the country. Editorial by Graham Lawrence. Five Poems by Rose Lu. The poems are: It's Neither Frivolous nor Drifty, A Fan, Alley, Bride of Spring and Your Autumn Leaves, My Water. Going Back to Emerald Hill by Chew Yi Wei. Black Void by Dan Asenlund. Author's note: "Black Void," is a magic realism tale taking place in a northern suburb of Seoul, South Korea. Three Poems by Tendai R. Mwanaka. The poems are: A Road to Somewhere, The Real Nuclear Threat and Intent. Three Pantoums by Colin W. Campbell. The pantoums are: Whispers, Radio Show and Mutiara 93250. J.R. and M.S. do PP by Matt Sipprell. The Articulate Mind by Steve Rosse. China - A Sequence by Iain Maloney. Contributors. An alphabetical list of all the contributors to the April 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 April issue of Eastlit was a small one. However, it has attracted a lot of interest. If you have not seen it yet, why not take a look at our unique cover. If you prefer, you can go straight to the table of contents. Eastlit’s April issue has a mix of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. The contributors come from across the region and outside. They include expatriates as well as local writers, and we feature both writers new to Eastlit and a couple of old hands. The cover picture is provided by Xenia Taiga this month. Thanks to all those who contributed ad to those who have read it.

Eastlit and Readers

Over the course of this year to date, there has been a steady increase in the number of readers visiting the site. We would like to thank our readers for their support of the site and its contributors. Without you Eastlit would not be here. We also invite comments or suggestions through the usual contact.

Previously Published Authors

Please remember that you can submit more work at any time. In fact we love to see more from authors we have already published. The only limitation is that in general we do not publish authors in consecutive months. We also welcome submission or work from authors previously rejected. Every piece will be judged on its merits.

Non-Native Writers

At Eastlit we are happy at the number of pieces of work we have received from writers whose native language is not English. Thank you. We hope these submissions continue to increase. Don’t forget that we offer free advice and editing on pieces to non-native writers.

The Butterfly’s Body

The May issue of Eastlit will see the publication of Life Cycle, which is the final chapter of The Iron Butterfly by Richard Lutman. The first two chapters are The Butterfly’s Body and The Colors of the WingsThese were published in the January and March issues of Eastlit respectively.


You can now also submit translations into English of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. In fact we positively welcome this if anyone has work. Please read our submissions page first. Then submit through the submissions e-mail.

Other News

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Not much else to say except:

Sawadee Pee Mai.