Frequently Asked Questions

Writing for Himal

How can I write for Himal?

Himal Southasian is interested in hearing from established as well as new contributors. We do not have staff writers, and rely solely on contributors for our content. If you are interested in writing about Southasia from a long-term perspective, get in touch with us.

We welcome inquiries from prospective writers in all areas of our magazine’s coverage. You can send pitches of about one page, introducing the proposed article (400-600 words), along with your brief background (200 words) to [email protected] Please be patient if you do not hear from us immediately, as Himal has a small editorial staff with a large workload.

We request potential correspondents to familiarise themselves with Himal and its extensive content before sending in query notes. The magazine’s archives are available online.

What can I write for Himal?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Himal specialises in long, expository articles that have a regional impact. We focus on all the member countries of SAARC as well as areas that have strong cultural and historical ties to the region, such as Myanmar and Tibet.

Most of our articles are between 2000 and 4000 words, but we occasionally carry longer articles, provided both the subject and writing are able to sustain reader’s – and our editors’ – interest. Himal publishes several kinds of articles, including analysis, reportage, reviews, opinions, interviews, photo features, fiction, as well as more personalised or unusual reflections. Our topics are as varied as is the Southasian region itself – economics, politics, culture, history and contemporary trends.

Although we welcome extremely localised stories, we place emphasis on uniquely connective and intra-regional reports and analysis on subjects not covered by mainstream media. We also provide a unique platform for debates on critical regional issues, encouraging research and argumentation. We have a commentary section which carries sharp opinion pieces of between 1200 to 1800 words.

As our readership is extremely diverse in background, specialisation and geography, the articles must engage both the specialists and readers in general alike.

Moreover, Himal is also open-ended! Once you have gotten a feel for our approach and interests, feel free to surprise us with unique perspectives, focuses, correlations and suggestions. Our editorial staff will select the submissions.

Do you publish poetry?

Yes, we do. All poetry submissions must be emailed to [email protected] to be considered for publication.

Acceptance of submissions and editing process

How soon will I hear from you if my article is accepted?

We make an effort to reply within two weeks but writers can remind us if they have not heard back within that period. Once accepted, we will let you know via email. The articles are then edited and played back as necessary. This usually involves a few rounds of editing, fact-checking and proofing. We ask writers to be available for regular email contact throughout this process or inform us if they have prior commitments.

Can I submit a revised version of the article I submitted earlier?

You can do so if your article is yet to be assigned to an editor for editing. Any additional material must be added only with the consent of the editor working on the article, and in response to specific questions. Please do not send us extensive revisions of your article as this makes the editing process more cumbersome and time consuming.

Can I submit an article that has already been published once?

We publish only original articles and request the writers not to submit previously published works, or works that contain large sections extracted from previously published articles. Furthermore, we would like you to inform us at the outset if the submitted piece has been simultaneously sent for consideration elsewhere.

My article has been accepted for print by some other agency: How should I withdraw it from consideration?

You can contact us at [email protected] regarding this. Once the article is accepted for publication by Himal and the writer has consented to our use of the article, the article MUST be withdrawn from consideration of other outlets.

How do I know when my article will be published?

We cannot guarantee when an article will be published. We have an intensive editing process and often have multiple articles pending at any one time, so please be patient if it takes a few weeks for an article to be published. Let us know at the outset if there is any pressing reason for your article to be published earlier.

Exceptions and rejections

Can I submit a piece shorter or longer than 2000-4000 words?

As said earlier, we occasionally do carry articles above 4000 words, provided both the subject matter and writing style are able to sustain reader’s interest. As for less than 2000 words, we accept commentaries of between 1200 to 1800 words.

Why was my article rejected?

Himal is unable to provide lengthy answers to each correspondent because of the large volume of articles it receives. However all articles and ideas are considered by more than one editor, ensuring a fair process of evaluation.

I need to publish this article by a given date. How do I go about that?

If an author requires publication within a certain time frame they are advised to inform the corresponding editor at the beginning of the editing process.

I would prefer my article to be published on the web or in the quarterly.

Accepted articles will normally be published on the Himal website OR  in print, and rarely in both. In which format an article appears is at the discretion of the editors.


Copyrights and Payments

Who has the copyright?

Copyright remains with Himal unless otherwise agreed.

Are writers paid for contribution?

Payment scale for Himal articles averages between USD 50-100 unless otherwise agreed. Several writers write for Himal gratis and others prefer to receive copies of Himal’s bookazine or multiple subscriptions which they can gift to others. (Himal will send the recipients the subscriber copies).

When are writers paid for contribution?

We begin processing the payment at the end of each Nepali month (around the middle of a month in a Gregorian calendar). If your article has been published in that month we will contact you regarding the formalities related to payment. Please be patient as the rules governing Himal as a not-for-profit, as well as laws governing NGOs and all foreign remittances, are cumbersome and require some time for completion. If you don’t hear from us within two weeks of the end of the Nepali month please contact us at [email protected]

If you have submitted all the relevant details to us but have not received the payment even after six weeks from that date, please alert us at  [email protected]

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