Submissions for our online ‘Creative Series’ are open.
Hold your qalams and pour out your emotions. Siyaah Qalam Akhbar is a place to showcase the work of Pakistani writers.
You can send in your work with either your name, pen name, or anonymously. We don’t have any qualms. As long as you feel the urge to express yourself and your creativity.
We accept submissions for prose, poetry, sketches, photography, LGBTQIA+ and mental illness related pieces, and political views. Each category has been elaborated below.
Give us a few days to respond to you about your submissions. Unfortunately, Siyaah Qalam does not pay for the submissions.
We accept multiple submissions, however, we might not be able to publish all of them in one edition due to the large number of submissions we receive. We may publish your submissions in the following editions. All submissions go through a selection process and you will get a feedback.
We do not accept:
- Pieces that marginalize communities. We shouldn’t have to say it but no racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, etc.
If you have any queries, feel free to email us.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Email: Send your submissions to our email email@example.com.
Subject: Kindly, mention the name of the category, your name, and the title of the piece in the subject of the email.
Prose can include translations, short-stories, and excerpts (800 words max). We have no preference regarding the theme of your submitted piece. You can send in any of your translations on a piece of writing/poetry, etc.
Furthermore, we are not restricted to just one language. You can send your work in either Urdu or English (whichever language you feel like you can express yourself best in).
There is no limitation to what the poetry can be about, however we do recommend you to keep the following guidelines in mind.
- Your submission can not exceed the limit of 2 pages.
- Not every line in the poem is supposed to rhyme.
- Use of imagery and metaphors can have a huge impact on your writing style.
- Maintain a continuous flow to your poem.
- The poem can be in English or Urdu.
- Your poems must be in the poetry format.
For all the artists, we are only accepting sketches. (This is only for the time being. Hopefully, we will accept colored art work in the future.)
Make sure your submitted photos are black and white. Any colored image will not be accepted.
This section is reserved for the LGBTQIA+ community and mental illnesses. Our aim is to give a voice to those who are shunned in our society. You are welcome to send in your work anonymously as we understand the sensitivity of this matter.
We stand with you and want to know your stories.
As this is a Pakistan based akhbar, submit your political opinions. Again, you can submit them anonymously.We would also like to let all the writers & artists know that if your work is selected to be published in our edition, we would be editing it if there be need. Don’t worry, the gist or the essence of your work won’t be changed. We will get the edits approved by you before we publish it.
Make sure to send in your work as soon as possible. Happy writing!