Call for Submissions: ArabLit Quarterly’s Fall/Winter 2019 Issue, ‘The Eye’

ArabLit Quarterly’s Fall/Winter 2019 issue, The Eye, is now open for submissions. 

We are looking for eye-themed writing, which means: the eye, the evil eye, the gaze, عين, surveillance, attention, and more.

We would love to find creepy noir as much as serious literature about the gaze, and we are particularly interested in discovering what’s new about the eye.

Regular ALQ features include:


Open Letter to a Late Author

Literary Playlist

Literary Recipe

Judge a Book By Its Cover

Literary Map (this can be a collaboration with our Art Director)

We are also interested in:

Translated short stories between 1000 and 10000 words

Short-short stories: blink and you’ll miss it

Translated poetry

Translated playtexts

Translated comix

Creative work that shifts between states

We are not able to accept:

Fiction and poetry written originally in English. Sorry.


We prefer pitches to completed works; pitches should be in by October 15, with drafts submitted by November 1, and authors available to work on edits in the month of November.

Yes, we do pay:

$15/page, split equally between author and translator, unless by other arrangement.

Of course we recommend:

Those who want to submit look at a copy of ALQ. You can get a single-issue e-pub or print, become a subscriber on Exact Editions, or subscribe to all the e-pubs through Patreon.

How to submit?

Please use the Submittable; questions can be sent to In your pitch, please give some notion of how your piece will relate to the eye or the gaze (unless it’s obvious).


As you mull your submission:


By Wadih Saadeh, tr. Anne Fairbairn

Leaving their eyes behind while walking,
they rely upon past glances.
Silence is lying over their bodies,
with soft winds of the dead
and the spirit of devastated places.

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