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; 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 not interested in fan fiction.)
Please see the below categories (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry and Sequential Art (Comics)) for specific descriptions of what we would like to consider, as well as payment information; please be sure to submit your work under the appropriate category to ensure that it goes to the correct editor. We also strongly recommend that you read an issue or two of LONTAR to become familiar with the types of writing that engage us enough to publish.
We will entertain simultaneous submissions, but request that you contact us immediately if your piece is bought elsewhere first. We do not consider unsolicited reprints (except in the Sequential Art category).
Do not send submissions for consideration via email, as they will be deleted unread.
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 on our website. We buy First Worldwide Print and Electronic Rights.
Please wait to hear from us about your submission before sending another; LONTAR is a labour 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 personalised rejections at this time.
We look forward to seeing your work!
* For our purposes, Southeast Asia consists of the following countries: Cambodia, Laos, Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, East Timor, Indonesia, and the Philippines. We may also include North and South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, because even though they are technically not ASEAN countries, they are still underrepresented within East Asian speculative literature in English.
(We are not interested in stories that take place within Japan, Mainland China, or the Indian Subcontinent at this time.)
We will consider unsolicited fiction submissions from 2,500 words up to 10,000 words. We have published fiction by award-winning and bestselling authors such as Geoff Ryman, Ken Liu, Paolo Bacigalupi, Sabrina Huang, E.C. Myers, Eka Kurniawan, Dean Francis Alfar, John Burdett, Nikki Alfar, Ng Yi-Sheng, Kate Osias, Zen Cho and Eliza Victoria.
Payment is a flat $30 SGD per story (subject to a 10% withholding tax for residents outside of Singapore) and two contributor copies of the issue in which it appears.
We are interested factual writing that explores various facets of the fantastic in Southeast Asia; this can include magical systems, the supernatural, folk beliefs and/or mythology. A great example of this is "Philippine Magic: A Course Catalogue" by Paolo Chikiamco, from our first issue. If you're unsure whether your subject is appropriate, please query us first. (Please note, we are not a market for academic papers.)
Payment is a flat $30 SGD per article (subject to a 10% withholding tax for residents outside of Singapore) and two contributor copies of the issue in which it appears.
We will consider up to five poems at time; in your submission, please include these all in one file. We have published a wide a range of poetry by both established poets and newer wordsmiths, such as Bryan Thao Worra, Chris Mooney-Singh, Ang Si Min, Jerrold Yam, Tse Hao Guang, Shelly Bryant, Anne Carly Abad, Arlene Ang, David Wong Hsien Ming, Daryl Yam, Michael Gray, Joses Ho, and Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé.
Payment is a flat $15 SGD per poem or set of poems (subject to a 10% withholding tax for residents outside of Singapore), and two contributor copies of the issue in which it appears.
We would like to see graphic short stories up to 10 pages in length. Please send print-quality (300 dpi) black-and-white images only. For an idea of what we're looking for, please consult the Liquid City anthologies edited by Sonny Liew.
Payment is a flat $55 SGD per original comic or $30 SGD per reprint (subject to a 10% withholding tax for residents outside of Singapore), and two contributor copies of the issue in which it appears.