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Write for Us

This Is Southeast Asia publishes essays by Southeast Asian writers under 40 years of age.

We want you to write about your experience of a place: any place in Southeast Asia. It could be a neighbourhood, a town, or a street; a university campus, a house of worship, a restaurant; an office, mall, market, cinema, and so on.

We will be most interested in places where different people meet, where various elements of society come together.

All essays must make liberal use of first-person narration. We don’t want an objective description of a place, but an account of your relationship with a place: what it is like for you, the meaning that it has for you.

Our published essays are on average around 2,000 English words, but there are no hard word limits. Each essay must deal with the present day rather than the past - we don't want memoir. Humour will be welcomed. All submissions must be original work not previously published.

Please send all submissions to editor@thisissoutheastasia.com.

Translate for Us

We are seeking expressions of interest from literary translators working in the following languages:

  • Indonesian
  • Malay
  • Chinese
  • Thai

Please send an email to editor@thisissoutheastasia.com, tell us briefly about yourself and your experience with the language you propose to translate, and attach one or two previously published pieces of your writing.