Submission Guidelines

Cha is dedicated to publishing quality creative works from and about Asia. At this time, we can only accept work in English or translated into English.

Our next issue will be published in January/February 2020, which will include the “Tech-Xed: Connexions from Hong Kong and Australia” (editors: Sreedhevi Iyer and Jason S Polley) and “Umbrella Movement Five Years On & Beyond” features. The Twelfth Anniversary Issue is scheduled for publication in March 2020. We are currently accepting submissions for the “Writing Malaysia” Issue (Deadline: 14 February 2020) and for the ongoing CHA + Tree Hollow Pacific campaign.

PLEASE NOTE: Submissions that do not comply to our guidelines will not be read. We only notify writers/artists whose work has been accepted for publication in the journal.

If you are interested in having your work considered for inclusion in Cha, please read the guidelines below very carefully.

Book reviews—”never flatter for points nor fake responses”
If you would like to submit a book (or books) for us to review, please contact our Reviews Editor Eddie Tay at If you want to review a book for Cha, please also write to Tay for further information.

Literary genres
// Poetry: 1 to 4 poems; no more than 60 lines each
// Fiction and creative non-fiction: 1 to 2 pieces; 100 to 5000 words each
// Photography & art: 1 to 10 pieces
// “Lost Teas”: Works from any of the above genres which have been previously published in journals/magazines that have now folded. If submitting for “Lost Teas”, please include the periodical and issue/date the work appeared. Please note that this is the only place we accept reprints.

// Send submissions via email to
// Please consult these page(s) for the appropriate email subject line(s): Issue 46 (Twelfth Anniversary Issue) and CHA + Tree Hollow Pacific campaign
// If you are sending us work in different genres, please send them in separate emails
// All writings should be included in the body of the email (i.e. no attachments)
// Include a brief biography (no more than 100 words)
// If you are sending us a piece of travel writing, please also consider inserting images to the piece. Here is an example
// Submit all visual work in jpeg format
// Simultaneous submissions are welcomed, but notify us as soon as possible if a piece is accepted for publication elsewhere
// Apart from “Lost Teas” submissions (see above), all work must be original and previously unpublished

Although we are very willing to comment on published works (see A Cup of Fine Tea), please note that we are unable to provide feedback on all submitted pieces.

Authors retain all rights. We would appreciate it, however, if you indicate that your work was first published in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal in any subsequent publication.

We regret we are unable to pay our contributors at this time.

Cha commits to nominating contributors’ work for awards and recognition. Nominations are announced on the Cha blog.

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