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Winter 2010

Thank you for your interest in Kahani magazine. Outlined below are the Editorial Calendar and Submission Guidelines.

We uphold extremely high standards for any material that we publish. We do not accept any queries that advocate a religious or political agenda. At this time, payment is made in contributor copies.



Kahani Theme List 2010-2011

Issue Date


Feature Query Due

Short Story Due





Kahani is always seeking non-fiction feature articles to complement editorial themes. Articles can range from 400 to 600 words. They must be creative, well-researched, and educational.
Departments include (but not limited to):

Brain Food – a math and science column
For Real! – a quirky factoid column
Smart Art – a how-to craft/activity feature

Writers may propose article ideas. E-mail all queries to and write ‘Feature Query’ in the subject line. Attach published writing samples if you have any. If interested, we will contact you after the due date has expired.

Short Stories
We seek short stories that complement the main theme, and focus on adventure, mystery, and humor. Children of South Asian descent growing up in North America must play a significant role in the stories. Characters must be well developed without resorting to stereotypes and conflicts should be resolved through positive example. Stories should be empowering and not didactic, nor focus excessively on issues of "bicultural angst".
Stories should be based in North America, but where relevant, can also take place in the character¡'s native country.
Stories should be 950 words or less, and must appeal to younger readers if read aloud. Poetry is accepted on occasion.
Please note exact word count (excluding author name and story title) on your manuscript. Stories should be typed and single spaced. Please include your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address on the first page of your manuscript and cover letter. Also include any publication credits. For reprints, please query first.

First Time/Unpublished Writers: Because the turnaround time for every Kahani issue is short, manuscripts must be edited by a writing group or writing teacher prior to submitting to Kahani. Many such resources can easily be found on the web.

In the Spotlight:
This series focuses on South Asian individuals who, because of their life and work experiences, serve as strong, positive role models to the readers. Financial success is not a criterion. Rather, the stories should inspire a ‘can do’ attitude for the children. Spotlight seeks an eclectic collection of South Asian individuals ranging from the successful chef to the acclaimed diplomat.

Please e-mail suggestions to Write ‘Spotlight query’ in the subject line. Please give a brief description of the person and where we can reach him or her.