Asia Literary Review

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Asia Literary Review publishes fiction, non-fiction, reportage, memoir, travel writing, literary essays, humour, documentary and themed photographic essays, photography, art and poetry from and about Asia.


Pieces should be a minimum of 3,600 words and may range up to 16,000 words. Shorter ‘sketches’ and ‘vignettes’ will be considered. ALR does not publish academic work, book reviews, or travel writing without a narrative focus. Excerpts and adaptations from longer works should stand alone, complete in their own right. Simultaneous submissions and translations are acceptable.


Submissions are preferred by email as a Word attachment to, formatted in Times New Roman 12pt with 1.5 line spacing. Poems may be sent directly to Martin Alexander (


We aim to read each manuscript within four months but unfortunately can only respond individually to successful submissions.


All contributions accepted for publication will be subject to editing in collaboration with the author.


We ask that you familiarise yourself thoroughly with the magazine before making a submission and consider whether your piece meets our criteria. Discounted subscriptions are available here.

On Acceptance

by noid on August 14, 2009 - 12:23am

Learned about this market in the August 17, 2009 issue of the Asian edition of Time Magazine (which has former President Corazon 'Cory' Aquino as the cover).  The article said that 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize winner Miguel Syjuco had a short story featured in a past issue. Meanwhile sighted the works of Filipinos Alfred 'Krip' Yuson, Marjorie Evasco, and Maxine Syjuco.

Same article says the journal pays well.



by noid on August 14, 2009 - 3:17pm

Hi guys! Sent an e-mail to the editor of ALR, Chris Wood, to ask about Pay Rates and got his prompt reply today:


Dear Dino
Thanks for your email.
In answer to your query, we don't have a word rate as such. This being a literary magazine, our rates are as much a reflection of the quality of a piece as they are of wordcount. That said, I don't think ALR has ever paid less than US$500 for something we've published, and very often we pay more.
Hope that helps a little.
All my best

So what are you waiting for? Start revising and/or sending your masterpieces! :D

by j luna on August 17, 2009 - 2:31am

"We aim to read each manuscript within four months but unfortunately can only respond individually to successful submissions."

With this in mind, is receiving an email from poetry editor M. Alexander stating something like, " as of the moment we are about to finish the next issue, but is considering your poem for the next issue..blah blah, in the meantime please send a pic not less than 500kb and a bio of not more than 80 words", a good sign or a bad sign?

This said email was received around an hour after a suite of poems was submitted to M.Alexander'rs email cc'd to the asia literary review.

In international publications what does "Considering for the next issue" mean?


by noid on August 17, 2009 - 2:23pm

J, I think it means what is says, that they are "considering" your work (perhaps will depend on the quality of future submissions for next issue?), so I think it's a good sign. Congrats! (And even if they don't accept it for the next issue, who knows, it may end up in another future issue; the worst case scenario is that you've made an impression and they will be on the lookout for your future submissionsSmile).

Great job, J. Na-inspire tuloy ako. Hmmm...Where's that latest poem of mine...Wink 

And to the rest of you, guys, let's follow J's lead and deluge ALR with quality Filipino works. I will treat the first member to get accepted in ALR to a value meal hehe. Good luck! Laughing 

by j luna on August 17, 2009 - 5:58pm

Thanks Noid,

what do you mean by "the worst case scenario is that you've made an impression and they will be on the lookout for your future submissionsSmile"?


Ibig sabihin ba nun, halimbawa, di gaanong kagandahan ang naipasang body of work at di na-accept, they might have an impression that in the future kahit medyo may improvements ang ipapasa, they might label or think of it as "mediocre" as the previous entry which was rejected?


Or may iba pang basis ng impression?

 Halimbawa, may biases ba sila in regards to the reputation or the attitude of the poet or writer who submitted the work, o talagang objective sila na based lang talaga sa quality of the work ang basehan nila ng who gets published or not? (Sana the latter ang case).


Medyo nagka-problema kasi ako kay Mr. Alexander regarding the required size of the pic I sent for the bio, and certain questions na weird (walang kinalaman sa poems kundi sa mga KB at resolution, dahil since hindi clear kung KB or Kb ang required, the pic I sent was too small, as in way too small, and he gave me lectures about how it will get too pixelated upon printing etc.), am afraid he might have gotten pissed of with my queries and questions (O OC lang talaga ako)...But anyway, I was able to send in the requested bio, mailing adress and para sure sent two pics that is more than 500K in size (2 para makapili sila) early this morning. This time di na sya nag-reply. ( O baka praning lang talaga ako)... 


Pero thanks talaga for posting this info and also maraming salamat sa pagpunta sa Bookay nung Sabado para sa fund raising ng Arrest para kay Axel. Smile


Salamat uli Noid.


Oo nga pala, puro tropa nanaman ang nanalo sa Palanca, kaya mukhang maraming magpapa-chibog at painom nananaman. Laughing


Salamat din pala kay Tom Estrera III at Kay Rom FActolerin sa pagtulong sa pics ko.

by Rom on August 17, 2009 - 9:33pm

 Go J! sana lumusot. isang malaking opportunity yan para ma penetrate ang mas malaking market. hindi lang market ng financial gains pero market din ng pag unlad sa pagsusulat.

balitaan mo kami