Celebrating Two Years of Rambutan Literary
It's been two great years since Rambutan Literary started publishing work from the global Southeast Asian literary community. We've grown from a tiny journal with a handful of readers to a robust, (proudly) small publication with a readership of thousands worldwide. We continue to publish literature from both established and emerging Southeast Asian writers, and we're even currently sponsoring the Sing Lit Station 2018 Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry.
As we enter our third year, we want to celebrate the work that we've accomplished together, the amazing literature we've had the honor to publish, and the awesome writers we've gotten to work with by organizing an anthology of some of our favorite pieces from the last two years! Take a look:
Shared Horizons: Who and Why
Shared Horizons is our overarching theme for this anthology, chosen in celebration of Rambutan Literary's initial and persistent goal of bringing together and cultivating the global Southeast Asian literary community.
Although histories may have spread Southeast Asian peoples across the world, words of our present times can bridge Southeast Asian communities over the globe's vast lands and seas. Rambutan Literary's core mission has always been to serve as an active piece of that bridge, gathering distinct voices of the global Southeast Asian literary community within one shared space. We want to provide a space for Southeast Asian writers across the world to be in conversation with one another and to define ourselves not only of Asia or of the Asian diaspora, but as distinctly Southeast Asian.
In a time when the conflicts which have separated us and continue to separate us gain attention, we find it increasingly important to focus on the dreams and futures we share as a global community of Southeast Asians.
Launching Shared Horizons
Shared Horizons will be launched at the 2018 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference & Bookfair. Rambutan Literary will be tabling at the conference bookfair (Table T238). There will be copies of Shared Horizons for pick-up and purchase! Please come visit our table if you're around.
Shared Horizons Contributors
Want a sneak-peek at who's in Shared Horizons? Here's the list of contributors:
- $1,000USD: Printing the anthology
- $1,470USD: Compensation for our anthology contributors ($35USD per contributor)
- $900USD: Packing and (domestic + worldwide) shipping
- $4,000USD: An increase in the printing budget allows for more anthologies to be produced, which means more anthologies in the hands of readers worldwide
As part of this Kickstarter campaign, Rambutan Literary will be offering e-book versions and physical hard copies of Shared Horizons as rewards for backers, as well as some fun Rambutan Literary goodies such as buttons and postcards. Pencilled In has kindly donated 25 copies of their second issue, which we've also added as rewards for those who pledge.
We know that as backers, you want this anthology out in the world as much as we do, which is why we're glad and excited to be able to offer these opportunities to read the anthology to you as pledge rewards.
Learn More about Rambutan Literary
To learn more about Rambutan Literary, its past issues, its staff, and its mission, please visit our website here.
Risks and challenges
Since Rambutan Literary is a digital journal, its content is available online. However, the purpose and value of the anthology is in its physical form, its deliberate layout, and, most importantly, its role in marking a milestone not only for Rambutan Literary, but for the Southeast Asian writers whose works have been selected for the anthology.
Although we serve a niche market as a literary journal, Rambutan Literary serves the greater global Southeast Asian literary and non-literary community as an established, collective contributor to the worldwide Southeast Asian cultural sphere.
Rambutan Literary is a small publication with a volunteer staff. This anthology project would not have been started without full faith in its value not only to its contributors, but to its readers worldwide.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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