Submissions open call

  • Open Call
  • Anywhere
  • 31/01/2022
  • Open Call
  • Anywhere
  • 31/01/2022

Website Magic has No Borders

We’re looking for a new voice of South Asian descent to contribute a short story for the young-adult anthology MAGIC HAS NO BORDERS. This anthology will be published in Summer 2023 by HarperTeen with a list of bestselling and critically acclaimed South Asian authors.

These stories will reshape, reimagine or retell the tales of figures from South Asian history, folklore, epic, legend, or familial stories, etc., centering on the teen years.

Stories in this anthology will span the breadth and beauty of the subcontinent. Some stories might explore romantic tales like that of Heer-Ranjha or Mirza-Sahiba. Others may twist tales from living religious epics, like the Mahabarat or Ramayan. Still others may revisit a historical moment or figure, reimagining the stories of standouts like Rani Laxmibai, an Indian queen turned rebel against Brit colonizers, or Razia Sultana, the first female emperor in Muslim history. We would love for your story to be a part of it.

The Submissions Call will open on December 10, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST and will close on January 31, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST. Any submission made prior to or after this time period may not be considered.

Applicants should not have previously published a novel-length work and/or should not be under contract to publish a novel-length work. Applicants do not need to be represented by an agent.

All submissions must include three separate attachments to be considered, including the following:

  • All entries must be submitted electronically to by January 31, 2022, at 11:59 PM EST.
  • A short story of 4,000 to 5,000 words, attached as a .doc, .docx, or .txt file.
  • A bio (150 words or less) that tells us about you and your connection to the South Asian subcontinent, attached as a .doc, .docx, or .txt file.
  • A photo/headshot, attached as a .jpg or .png file.

All submissions must be appropriate for a young adult audience, ages 12 to 18.

All submissions must be an original work of fiction written in English by the applicant. All rights to the submission should be owned solely by the applicant, and submissions should never before have been published in any commercial medium, print or digital, audio, or translated from a foreign language.

Submissions should be aligned with the scope of the MAGIC HAS NO BORDERS focus, as outlined above. 

You will receive email confirmation upon receipt of your story. Submissions will not be returned. There is no guarantee that your submission will be published. Feedback will not be provided on your submission unless your contribution is selected through the open call. The anthology editors have no obligation to applicants whose submissions are not selected. All rights for submissions not selected are retained by the original applicants.

If your submission is selected for potential inclusion in the anthology, then you agree, upon request, to work with the anthology editors and publisher as part of the editing process. You further understand that you will be asked to sign a contributor agreement, with terms equal to those of other contributors. If you elect not to sign, your submission will not be published.

If your submission is selected for potential inclusion in the anthology and meets the publication requirements outlined above (as defined by the anthology editor), you will receive a contributor fee of $2500 and you will receive author credit as a contributor in the publication. 

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