submissions – digital issue


we are CLOSED for submissions

THEME: Mental Health

This issue is dedicated to Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and hence, we will only accept submissions from people who identify as Asians and Asian Americans (and other identities that come under this month’s celebration list if these two terms don’t fit all).

Poetry<500 words + 3 poems per submission cycle
Prose<1000 words + 1 prose per submission cycle
Creative Non-Fiction<1000 words + 1 piece per submission cycle
Visual Art3 pieces per submission cycle

Send in your submissions at ayaskala [at] outlook [dot] com
We accept creative writing submissions in the form of a .pdf file only.
We are also accepting visual arts submissions in the form of .png only.

Keep the subject line as ‘SUBMISSION <your name> <type of submission>‘.
Example: SUBMISSION Alice Poetry

You can address the e-mail with a Dear Vaishnavi or Dear Ayaskala.

We are open to publishing creative work in a variety of languages as long as a translation is provided along with the submission.

Please do not include your name or bio in the document.
Please do write a cover letter or introduce yourself in the body of the e-mail.

Please make sure the work you are submitting has not been published anywhere before, including personal blogs.

This literary journal is run purely by students and volunteers, thus we are only able to pay our contributors in love and by sharing their work on all of our social handles. You support us and we support you. ❤️


We do not accept submissions that are unkind, harsh, homophobic, condescending, sexist, racist, religiously driven, dismissing in nature, etc. We do not promote plagiarism. If the piece is a response/continuation of an existing work, please make it crystal clear in the body of the e-mail.

We ask for first world publication rights, archival rights and the right to display the work as a whole, or pieces thereof, for the duration of the magazine/blog. All rights revert back to the author or artist after publication. Please credit Ayaskala as original publisher in case of future re-publishing or re-prints.

By submitting you give us permission to use it in print version, digital version, and/or offline spaces.

We may remove work at any point, for any reason, with a day’s notice which may or may not disclose the reason thereof. (psst… don’t worry we’re nice people and we know you’ve read the guidelines properly.)

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please let us know as soon as your piece is accepted elsewhere.

Our response time is two weeks. If late, please nudge us!