Submit, submit, submit!

Dear wonderful people,

The deadline for submissions is rapidly approaching! Remember to submit your pieces by emailing a document or jpg to AND filling out the submission form by October 31st, 2014.

Thinking about submitting, but don’t know what you want to write? Send us an email, and we’re happy to talk through ideas with you, via email, phone, Facebook, etc.

Looking forward to reading all of you wonderful work!

– Desi Queer Anthology Team (Vinita, Ami, and Sasha)

Update: Editors’ Note on Scope & Focus

We have received many questions about the anthology’s focus, and, to clarify these questions, the editorial team would like to make the following statement:  After much dialogue and thought, the editorial team has chosen to maintain our focus on South Asian queer diasporic experiences in, or passing through, the United States.

While we wish we were able to expand the scope of the project, we are aware of our own experiences and limitations as individuals who have lived in the U.S. Moreover, the ways that we understand and define our identities are contextual, and we want to maintain the cultural nuances and experiences of living in the imperial United States. The terms ‘Queer,’ ‘South Asian,’ and ‘Desi’ all entail a specific cultural meaning in the U.S., and we want to unpack the deep meanings of those terms. A project with a broader scope would require recognition of different cultures and relationships to power that we ultimately did not feel we were able to bring to the project.

With this focus on the US, we encourage submissions not only from people currently residing in the US, but also from individuals whose stories have passed through or been influenced by living in a US-context. This also includes individuals who have multiple routes to the US South Asian diaspora, whether directly from the South Asian subcontinent or through other locations, including but not limited to the African continent, the Caribbean, the UK, Canada, Australia, and South America.

We wish the best of endeavors for any projects that hope to have a broader focus and scope than ours! Please feel free to reach out with further comments and questions at

– Vinita, Ami, & Sasha

Submissions Deadline & Editor Requests EXTENDED!

The deadline for submissions to the South Asian Queer Anthology has been extended to October 31, 2014! Remember, please send submissions to AND fill out the submissions form.

We are also still looking for individuals interested in becoming an editor. We have just refined our editor guidelines, and will soon be choosing our editorial team. E-mail us if you are interested and/or have any questions about being an editor!

We look forward to reading your submissions and hearing from you all!

-Vinita, Ami, and Sasha

Submissions form is now available!

Hello all!

We are now officially accepting submissions for the South Asian Queer Anthology! Submissions are due September 15, 2014. Don’t know what you should submit? Check out our FAQ section for more information. When you’re ready to submit, make sure to use the submissions form before e-mailing your piece.

As always, if you have any questions at all, feel free to contact

Thanks! We look forward to reading/seeing your amazing submissions!

– The Editorial Team

Interested in being on the editorial team?

Interested in being on the editorial team for our upcoming South Asian queer anthology? Current editors are Vinita Chaudhry, Ami Patel, Sasha W. Being on the editorial team entails a commitment to the project through its publication (ideally early 2016), including reading & editing submissions, engaging in monthly or bi-monthly video chats, and providing feedback on the project as it continues to develop.

To join the editorial team (or to ask any questions), please email with Editor in the subject line.

Stay tuned for more updates about the project, including FAQ, a detailed call for submissions, and more!

~The Editorial Team


Hello Desi Queer activists, scholars, artists, writers, and friends!

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Co-Editors:  Vinita Chaudhry, Ami Patel, & Sasha W