Himal Southasian, a review magazine

Since January 2013, Himal Southasian divides its output between a thematic quarterly publication, Southasia’s first ‘bookazine’ and this website. Please see below for information on submissions. You can also find more on Himal, our submission, copyright and payment policies by going to our FAQs.

For prospective writers

The editors of Himal welcome query notes from prospective writers in all areas of our magazine’s specialisation. Pitches should be no more than one page in length, and should introduce the proposed article and, briefly, the writer’s background.

Himal Southasian is not a news magazine. Rather, we specialise in longer, expository articles. Most of our articles are between 2000 and 4000 words, but we occasionally carry articles above 4000 words, provided both the subject and writing are able to sustain reader’s interest.

Himal publishes several kinds of articles, including analyses and reports, opinions, interviews, photo features, book reviews, fiction, as well as more personalised and/or unusual reflections. Our topics are as varied as is the Southasian region itself: economics, politics and social issues, explorations of culture, history, and modern trends.

We publish only original articles, and request that writers do not submit previously published work, or work that contains large sections extracted from previously published work. Furthermore, we ask writers to inform us at the outset if the piece has been sent for consideration simultaneously elsewhere.

Himal is interested in hearing from new writers. We do not have staff writers, and rely on independent thinkers and contributors from all over Southasia, not limited to the major cities.

We ask that potential correspondents familiarise themselves with Himal and its variety of articles before sending query notes. The magazine’s archives are freely available online. When formulating potential submissions, please bear in mind the following:

  • Articles should not be dated upon submission. Further, our analysis should ideally remain useful in archival form.
  • Himal does not accept submissions published previously in any form.
  • The editors are particularly interested in pieces that have a regional impact. Although we welcome extremely localised stories, we place emphasis on uniquely connective and intra-regional reports and analyses. 
  • Himal is happy to receive in-depth articles on subjects not covered by mainstream media in each of the regional countries.
  • Himal offers a unique platform for debate on some of the most critical regional issues of the day. We seek rigour in both research and argumentation, but we also emphasise skill and style in writing and presentation.
  • Our readership is extremely diverse in background, specialisation and geography. Articles must engage specialists, but also inform non-specialists and general-interest readers.
  • Himal is 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.

The editorial staff will select submissions. 

For accepted writers

Once accepted, articles are 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. 

We cannot guarantee when an article will be published. We 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. 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. 

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

Payment scale for Himal articles averages between USD 50-100. Copyright remains with Himal unless otherwise agreed. 

Write 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. Please see our FAQs for more questions you may have.

Thank you.

Editors, Himal Southasian