There seems to be lots going on over at Eastlit at the moment.

A movement away from just written literature to a more multimedia experience of literature and art. For those of you that do not know, Eastlit is the first online journal for English literature from or connected to East or South East Asia.

Details re-blogged from them below.

Eastlit is the first English literature journal and supporting site aimed at writing from or connected to East and South East Asia. We recognize the importance of this emerging region, and also the move to improve English throughout it. We hope to be a small part of this change. At Eastlit, we further hope to promote the development of English literature within the region. Up until now there has been little support for English based literature in the region except in a few small areas. This is going to change as rapidly as the region itself is changing in other ways. The stories, old and new, of East and South East Asia are going to become accessible across the world in the coming years as English literature from these countries takes its place alongside the writing from more traditional literary regions. These pieces will add to and broaden an already wide set of literary genres and works as the writers of East and South East Asia assume their role within the realm of the English written word.

Eastlit Live

Eastlit Live is now up and running. It is a You Tube Channel for multimedia art content. See poetry readings, information, interviews and other literature and art media. The You Tube channel is simply called Eastlitlive. The first video is a poetry reading by Anna Yin. Please contact us to send you contributions in, or to ask how!

Latest, News and Information

Eastlit Cover. Designed by Graham Lawrence. Picture "Wooden Bus" by Xenia TaigaCheck the Latest page for all the current news on Eastlit, Its contributors and literature in the region. The latest piece Eastlit Live, which announces the launch of new approaches, came out on July 27, 2013.

The August issue of Eastlit is now out. See the cover to the left or open June’s Eastlit at the contents. This issue includes poetry, several non-fiction pieces, works of fiction and a novel extract. We hope that you get as much enjoyment from reading it as we have. We have writers from across the region and connected to it in this issue. There are a number of reappearances by some of our previous contributors, and a few new ones this time.

We are still considering putting each month’s Eastlit into an e-book or e-magazine as well as the standard website one. This would mean that you could download it and read it at your leisure on a reading device, tablet or smart phone at your own leisure. The aim is still to trial an old issue first in the next few months.

Eastlit Google+ Page

Check out our new Eastlit Google+ Page. Please follow us if you support Eastlit and our aims.

The International Writers’ Group

Alternatively if you are looking for something more international take a look at our International Writers Group. It has been set up as a Google plus community. That way members can easily share through Google documents or even use hangouts to discuss ideas or literature. Right now this is still fairly new, so if you have any ideas get in and let us know now. Oh, you will need to have a Google plus account, which means signing up for g mail if you have not already! If you have any questions, you contact us at eastlit1@gmail.com. The group is not aimed exclusively at Eastlit readers or contributors. So please feel free to let any interested friends know. It is also not a short cut to being published on Eastlit! The International Writers Group is an independent democratic community of people that has developed as an off shoot of what we have been doing here.

Eastlit Submissions and Old Issues

Eastlit showcases the work of writers of all forms of English literature covering East and South East Asia in a monthly journal. Eastlit will also consider writers who wish to show their work in the region. These writers should state how their work connects to East and South East Asia. Before submitting if you have already seen the August issue, why not check out our July Issue contents or take a look at its cover. There is also the June Issuecontents or its unique cover. Finally we our archive is where older issues of Eastlit can be found. We only keep the three most recent issues on the navigation bar. For older issues, please take a look in the archive.

Eastlit is now accepting work from writers in all categories. We accept fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, book reviews and extracts from novels. Please go to our submissionspage for details. We welcome work from both published and unpublished writers. We encourage the submission of work by non-native writers. We will provide free help and support for non-native writers hoping to publish.

We are now taking submissions for our September, October, November and December issues. We are still looking for book reviews for the first time and for photos and visual art. Please submit for these new categories and all others now.

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