Consulting Editor: Dr Debjani Chatterjee, MBE
ISSN 2397-1878 (printed and digital) Issue 3/2017
Yogesh Patel’s Swimming with Whales
Yogesh Patel’s Swimming with Whales
Previous award-winners can be found at
This issue is dedicated to our latest Word Masala Award winner
Word Masala 'Champion of the Diaspora Poetry' Award
Guest Editor: Saleem Peeradina
The selection offered here is broadly illustrative of Phinder’s style and preoccupations in his verse.
“Presence” is an intimate poem that straddles two worlds of literary experience – one is an ephemeral lightness of being disconnected from one’s past, and the other is the weight of the historical past that weighs on the troubled present.
Last year, I had the pleasure of meeting Phinder at the Matwaala poetry festival in Austin, Texas, where he presented an audio-visual reading of the Komagata Maru series. I felt his work deserved wider recognition.
Saleem Peeradina's latest collection of poems, Final Cut, is published by Valley Press. See below for the links to its reviews.
To order, please click on the name below:
Other books by the poet:
Ragas From The Periphery:
Word Masala Foundation initiative runs a review group which helps diaspora
These poets are commendable and unselfish in helping this review group: Saleem Peeradina, Reginald Massey, Yogesh Patel, Debjani Chatterjee, Usha Akella, Usha Kishore, Pramila Venkateswaran, Mona Dash
Yogesh Patel reviews Two books launched at our House of Lords Award celebrations
1. Saleem Peeradina's Final Cut in the Book Review:
2. Bobby Nayyar's Glass Scissors:
Read Saleem Peeradina's review at World Literature Today here:
Authors are requested to contact the editor to join this group. They and their publishers may also offer discounts on their books.
We welcome everyone to help us with reviews, NOT JUST diaspora poets and critics.
The Book Review
The Book Review is a non-political, ideologically non-partisan journal, which tries to reflect all shades of intellectual opinions and ideas. The views of the reviewers and authors writing for the journal are their own. All reviews and articles published in The Book Review are exclusive to the journal and may not be reprinted without the prior permission of the editors.
Published by Chandra Chari for The Book Review Literary Trust, 239 Vasant Enclave, New Delhi 110057. Printed
Word Masala recommends The Book Review. Please subscribe to it at
Individual: Rs. 1500 / $75 / £50
Under the Radar
Under the Radar magazine is at the heart of operations at Nine Arches Press. It is a lively mix of the best up-and-coming and established poets and writers, as well as reviews and articles. Under the Radar is a place for readers and writers alike to make new discoveries.
Take out a great value
Poetry Editors: Jane Commane & Matt Merritt
Reviews Editor: Maria Taylor
THE WORD MASALA CROWDFUNDING INITIATIVE
The first poet to receive this AWARD at the House of Lords
Find out more about Mona from her interview with Jaydeep Sarangi
Also read her latest short story on page 121 in
Please, purchase this book at the prepublication price of £9.99 plus postage. You will be supporting future publications by our diaspora poets. Your support is vital.
Poetry in Translation
This feature is now open for submission.
Contact via vatayanpoetry.wordpress.com
The WM poetry audio archive at our website
If you are a published poet from the diaspora, and write in English, please send us the audio file of your best poem, read by you. We are building an archive that will eventually be transferred to one of the UK's prestigious institutions.
Visit us at http://www.skylarkpublications.co.uk/audio.html
Tanay by Sachin Kundalkar
8 October 2016
PEN TO PRINT POETRY WORKSHOPS
Free poetry workshops at Barking Learning Centre as part of Barking and Dagenham Library services Pen to Print project. Open to all levels of experience. Led by Anna Robinson (Into the Woods and Finders of London – Enitharmon Press). The workshops are fortnightly. Email Lena Smith for further details: Lena.Smith@lbbd.gov.uk
9 October 2016
WRITING URBAN POETRY, A POETRY WRITING EXPERIENCE
An intense writing workshop with writing exercises led by publisher and poetry editor Katherine Lockton. We will look at ways to write an urban poem and how we can respond to cities. We will also look at what we can learn from well known poets as well as poems that have previously appeared in
Where? Westminster Cathedral, The Hinsley Room, Morpeth Terrace SW1.
TOM-GALLON TRUST AWARD
NO ENTRY FEE
Deadline October 31 (must be received by this date). Recommended free contest from the Society of Authors gives top prize of 1,000 pounds for a short story (5,000 words maximum) by a resident of the United Kingdom,
Tom-Gallon Trust Award
Society of Authors
NEW YORK ENCOUNTER 2017 POETRY CONTEST
NO ENTRY FEE.
Deadline November 1, 2016. The Encounter is an annual three-day public cultural event in the heart of New York City. The Encounter's poetry contest invites all poets writing in English to submit up to three poems (maximum 30 lines each), related in some way to the theme, Reality Has Never Betrayed Me. Prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be awarded to first, second and third place poems. The winners will be invited to read their poems on the NYE stage during the Encounter January 13-15, 2017. The first place poem will be printed in the program.
Nine Arches Press
Please visit: http://ninearchespress.com/submissions.html
Watershed Review is now open for Fall submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and art at:
ANDREW LOWNIE LITERARY AGENCY
THE RIGHTS FACTORY - LITERARY AGENCY
Please make your purchase through
Please register at
Advertise your related services and products to fund this project
When visiting our website, do not forget to explore our advertisers there.
Each click adds to a fund in support of our cause.
As the Foundation's work is a non-profit venture, it is constantly evolving. Word Masala welcomes local poets and authors to join hands in making it a meaningful stop for all our creative talents worldwide.
Please email Yogesh if you can spare some help. Remote help or suggestions are welcome too.
Thank you once again to those who wrote back, appreciating this thankless non-revenue initiative. Please add us to your contacts and address book.
Should you think this is not a worthy
|(c) Word Masala & Skylark Publications UK|