Introducing Lontar: Southeast Asian SFF in English

LONTAR is a quarterly literary journal of Southeast Asian speculative fiction in English, published and distributed by Math Paper Press in Singapore.

The editors of LONTAR are looking for quality literary writing with elements of the fantastic, which is in some way connected with the cultures, traditions, mythologies, folk religions, and/or daily life in Southeast Asia. While we are happy to look at works by writers outside of the region, we want to actively encourage Southeast Asian writers to submit your work.

LONTAR is not a market for horror fiction, but we may consider dark fantasy (and please do educate yourself on the difference between the two). We are also not a market for erotica, although some sexual content (as long as it is integral to the plot) is acceptable. (And it should go without saying, but we’re also not interested in fan fiction.)

Please see the below categories (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Sequential Art) for specific descriptions of what we would like to receive from our potential contributors. When you are ready to submit your work, please be sure to do so under the appropriate category to ensure that it goes to the correct editor. Do not send submissions for consideration via email, as they will be deleted unread.

Do yourself a favor and consult the list of clichéd story premises to avoid at Strange Horizons’ guidelines for “Stories We’ve Seen Too Often,” as well as William Shunn’s article on Proper Manuscript Format. And please refrain from giving a description of your piece in your cover letter; previous publication credits are fine, but your submission should speak for itself.

Upon acceptance, your piece will appear in both the print and e-book editions of the journal; we also reserve the right to publish your piece as an extract or in full on our website. We buy First Worldwide Print and Electronic Rights; in exchange, payment is a $25 SGD honorarium via PayPal (or $10 SGD per poem) and two contributor copies of the issue in which it appears.

We will consider simultaneous submissions, but request that you contact us immediately if your piece is bought elsewhere first. We do not accept unsolicited reprints.

Please wait to hear from us about your submission before sending another; LONTAR is a labor of love, and although we will attempt to get back to you as soon as possible, please wait 90 days before querying about your submission. We regret the use of form letters, but are unable to send personalized rejections at this time.

We look forward to seeing your work!


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