ISSUE 15 NOV 2013

Publication Date: November 15, 2013

Monsoonletters.com was pleasantly surprised by the wave of new poetry submissions last month. The idea of contest had clearly worked! We had 20 emerging poets! Now, while we share our latest issue featuring poems from that contest with our readers, we would also like to announce a few of our upcoming events.

WRITE Foundation, the Bangladesh chapter of FOSWAL (Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature), the Delhi-based apex body of South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC), is hosting the SAARC Literary Festival on 19-21st of February, 2014 to be attended by 50 writers from all over South Asia.

Additionally, there is yet another event of Performance Poetry happening at the same time, where Monsoonletters.com is partnering with the British Council.

Just a quick note on how both the events will be happening …

The theme of the SAARC Literary Festival is simple: Beyond Borders: Towards Trust and Reconciliation. The region carries a huge historical burden that needs to be reconciled with and readdressed. It is with the hope of bridging the differences in the region that we have taken up this task of bringing the regional writers together, under one platform, to actively promote literary integration. The festival invitations will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Do please check our site for regular updates.

On the other hand, the Performance Poetry contest is a countrywide initiative. The process of submission and the details of eligibility will shortly be announced in the media.

Monsoonletters.com needs your support. With print issues coming out along with online editions, plus the contest and the festival, we need you to stand by our side and optimize on these collaborative exposures. We promise you nothing but only attempting to be the best in the process.

Happy Monsooning!

Rubana Huq
Editor

ML-Nov-15-2013

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