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Lots of LONTAR News!

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Issue #4As the title says, there have been lots of recent developments with LONTAR, so let’s dive right in!

1. The first one is that issue #4 (Spring 2015) is now out and available! You can order the print version ($14.90 SGD) directly from Epigram Books, or buy it at Books Kinokuniya; or if you want to purchase it at your favourite bookstore, ask them to order it for you!

If you prefer the electronic version (ePub or Mobi: $2.99 USD), you can pick up the ebook from Weightless Books.

And don’t forget that you can read a sample for free!

2. Weightless Books is also now offering a one-year subscription to the ebook issues of LONTAR! It’s one US dollar off the cover price, and you’ll get an automatic email notification once a new issue is available. (Back issues are, of course, still available for purchase as well.)

3. Issue #4 was also recently featured at The Straits Times and Singapore Poetry (where Ng Yi-Sheng’s story “No Other City” was also excerpted).

4. We’re very happy to welcome Adan Jimenez to the LONTAR staff as Comics Editor, starting with issue #5 (Autumn 2015)! We’ve been wanting to include short sequential art stories from the beginning, and Adan is incredibly knowledgeable about comics in general, and comics being produced in Southeast Asia specifically. We’re really looking forward to seeing the graphic narratives he’ll bring to our pages.

5. LONTAR is now a proud member of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP). We’re extremely jazzed to be part of an organisation that also boasts membership by A Public Space, Black Clock, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, and a number of other innovative and respected journals.

6. In case you hadn’t noticed, the LONTAR website has been revamped! It was overdue for an overhaul, and we hope you’ll find that it’s much easier to navigate. So take a look around! If you have feedback, please send it to the query email address on the About page.

7. The editors are all hard at work this weekend finalising the contents for issue #5 (forthcoming in October), so expect an announcement very soon!

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Cover for LONTAR #4!

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Presenting the cover for LONTAR issue #4!

We’re sad to be no longer be working with Sarah and Schooling on the art direction, but our in-house designer Yong Wen Yeu has done an excellent job continuing the retro-futuristic feel of our cover art that has thus far made LONTAR such a distinctive-looking literary journal.

We’re sending the issue to the printer this week, so it should be available in late May in bookstores all over Singapore, on the Epigram Books website, and as an ebook through Weightless Books. Yet another issue that I’m incredibly proud of, and I can’t wait for y’all to see it too!

LONTAR and the Locus Awards

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I am very excited to note that this is the first year that LONTAR has been listed on the Locus Awards ballot, under the Best Magazine or Fanzine category. It’s a terrific honor to be included. For those who may be unaware, Locus is the trade journal for the science fiction and fantasy community, and they have covered news of the publishing field, with extensive reviews and listings of new speculative fiction books and magazines, since 1968. The annual Locus Awards are a prestigious recognition of the best science fiction and fantasy produced each year, voted on by the magazine’s readers. (“Reader” here is specifically open, meaning that anyone can vote, not just subscribers.)

Not only is LONTAR eligible for Best Magazine, but the stories we originally published in 2014 are also eligible as write-ins for Best Short Story:

From Issue #2

  • “The Tiger in the Forest Between Two Worlds” by E.C. Myers
  • “What Is Being Erased” Tiffany Tsao
  • “Entanglement” by Victor Fernando R. Ocampo
  • “The Floating Market” by Eliza Chan

From Issue #3

  • “Setting Up Home” by Sabrina Huang (trans. Jeremy Tiang)
  • “Resort Time” by Ben Slater
  • “Mother’s Day” by JY Yang
  • “An Unexpected Stop” by Nikki Alfar

“The Apartment” by John Burdett from issue #2 is also eligible in the Best Novelette category.

Likewise, I am eligible for Best Editor, and Math Paper Press and Epigram Books are both eligible for Best Book Publisher, but the priority here is to shine the light on our contributors and their fantastic works of fiction.

Both issue #2 and issue #3 are now available in ebook format from Weightless Books (and #1 and #2 are bundled for free when you buy #3, this week only). Please consider picking up the issues and then giving the stories some love. (Poetry, reprinted fiction, and nonfiction is not eligible, but you should read them too!)

The deadline for voting is 15 April, less than a month from now, so if you’ve enjoyed what we’ve been doing here at LONTAR, please take some time and vote accordingly. Thank you!

LONTAR #3 Ebook Now Available!

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For those of you lamenting the absence of an electronic edition of LONTAR issue #3 (Autumn 2014), rejoice! The DRM-free ebook is now available at Weightless Books, for the mere paltry payment of $2.99 USD! As with the previous two issues, this one is available in both ePub and Mobi formats. Many thanks once again to Gavin and everyone at WB for their support of our little journal.

And, to entice you even further, Weightless Books is offering a special deal for this week only, where you get issues #1 and #2 completely for free if you buy #3. That’s like getting each issue for only one US dollar! If you haven’t already jumped aboard the LONTAR bandwagon, there’s no better time to do so!

Contents

  1. The More Things Change | Jason Erik Lundberg (editorial)
  2. A Field Guide to the Roads of Manila | Dean Francis Alfar (fiction)
  3. Setting Up Home | Sabrina Huang (trans. Jeremy Tiang) (fiction)
  4. Resort Time | Ben Slater (fiction)
  5. The Elephant in the Room | Anne Carly Abad (poetry)
  6. Before the Last War | David Wong Hsien Ming (poetry)
  7. Signs, or The Fate of Big-Footed Individuals | Daryl Yam (poetry)
  8. Harbour | Tse Hao Guang (poetry)
  9. Since We Stopped Communicating | Cyril Wong (poetry)
  10. Three Poems | Arlene Ang (poetry)
  11. Mother’s Day | JY Yang (fiction)
  12. An Unexpected Stop | Nikki Alfar (fiction)
  13. The Last Ten Years in the Life of Hero Kai | Geoff Ryman (fiction)

I’m very glad that this issue is now available for e-readers everywhere. For those of you outside of Singapore, this is probably the best (or at least the least expensive) way to read it.

So go ahead and nab your own ebook copy of issue #3, and get issue #1 and issue #2 bundled for free. Remember, that the offer only lasts until the end of this week, so get them today!

Joint Book Launch at BooksActually this Friday

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This coming Friday night at 7.30pm, Epigram Books and Math Paper Press will jointly launch LONTAR issues #2 and #3 at BooksActually!

The Facebook event page is here. I will be joined by contributing writers from both issues for an evening reading, Q&A and autograph session. Our invited readers are:

  • Cyril Wong (3)
  • JY Yang (3)
  • Shelly Bryant (2)
  • Victor Fernando R. Ocampo (2)
  • Tse Hao Guang (2 & 3)
  • Patricia Mulles (for Nikki Alfar) (3)
  • Ang Si Min (2)
  • David Wong Hsien Ming (3)

This is an excellent chance to hear some fantastic readings of prose and poetry, and pick up some Xmas gifts for the special people in your life who dig on literature of the imagination!

LONTAR #4 Contents

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I am happy to announce that the contents of LONTAR issue #4 have been finalised! This fourth issue of LONTAR presents speculative writing from and about Singapore, the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand. Inside these pages, you’ll find:

LONTAR is the world’s only biannual literary journal focusing on Southeast Asian speculative fiction. In this issue, seven contributors have won major literary awards in Singapore, USA, UK, Japan and the Philippines. The issue is scheduled for April 2015. Also, if you couldn’t guess from the description above, the novelette from Paolo Bacigalupi is “Yellow Card Man,” which was originally published in the December 2006 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction, and was a finalist for the Hugo Award; the story serves as a prequel to his celebrated debut novel The Windup Girl, and has now been updated in this version so that it is consistent with the characters and events in the novel. Poetry Editor Kristine Ong Muslim and I are now reading for issue #5, to be released in Autumn 2015, so if you want your work to be considered, send it to us via the Submittable portal. If you’re still waiting for a reply on your submission, please be patient and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

LONTAR 2 and 3, out in paper!

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Issues #2 and #3 are back from the printer!

This is a very exciting day. The print edition of #2 has been a long time coming (the ebook has been out since April), and both the print and ebook edition of #3 mark the beginning of publication by Epigram Books. They were both printed at the same time to save costs, which means that they look and feel very much the same. And all three issues look fantastic together on the bookshelf.

Issue #2 is available now at BooksActually (as is #1), and issue #3 will be at all major bookstores in Singapore within the next couple of weeks. We’re planning on a joint launch for them sometime in December, so stay tuned to this space.

Bestsellers at Weightless Books for May!

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Wow! Dovetailing on the exciting news about issue #3 in the previous post, Weightless Books has just released their list of bestsellers for May 2014, and issue #2 and issue #1 have taken the respective #1 and #2 spots!

Thanks go first of all to Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing, for signal-boosting the journal and driving traffic to Weightless; secondly to the readers who have thus far bought the ebook versions of both issues in such great numbers and shown the journal such wonderful support; and thirdly to Gavin, Michael, Andrea, and everyone at Weightless for providing such a great independent alternative for the distribution of ebooks.

If you enjoyed either issue, or both, please spread the word, and rate them on Goodreads (here and here). Small ventures like LONTAR depend very much on word-of-mouth. Let’s keep these sales coming, folks!

We prefer that you buy the issues through Weightless (especially since it’s the only place to find them DRM-free), but if your preferred method is to use the Nook or iTunes ebook stores, both issues are now available in both places (with Kindle, Kobo, etc. to come). Just click through the links on the Buy page to buy them through those venues.

LONTAR #3 Contents and New Publisher!

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Two big pieces of LONTAR news:

1) As of issue #3, LONTAR will now be published by Epigram Books!

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We had a great time working with Math Paper Press for the first two issues, and it was a mutual agreement to part ways. However, I’m very much looking forward to bringing LONTAR into the fiction stable at Epigram Books (where, it should be noted, I am the literary fiction editor), which includes work of the literary fantastic such as Ministry of Moral Panic by Amanda Lee Koe, The Space Between the Raindrops by Justin Ker, The Wayang at Eight Milestone by Gregory Nalpon and The Tower by Isa Kamari. Epigram Books is epitomized by high quality and beautiful design, which makes LONTAR a perfect fit.

2) The contents for issue #3 have now been finalized! This issue of LONTAR presents speculative writing from and about Singapore, the Philippines, Cambodia and Taiwan.

Inside these pages, you’ll find:

The issue is scheduled for October/November 2014, and I can’t wait for you all to see it. Each one keeps getting better and better, and this feels like our strongest issue yet!

I’m now reading for issue #4, to be released in Spring 2015, so if you want your work to be considered, send it to me via the Submittable portal. If you’re still waiting for a reply from me, please be patient and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.