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The editors of Himal welcome query notes from prospective writers in all areas of our magazine’s specialisation, including reportage, analysis and opinion. 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. While the majority of our write-ups are under 2000 words, the editors regularly carry articles of up to 4000 words and above, provided both the subject and writing are able to sustain reader interest.
Himal publishes several regular sections, including analyses and reports, opinions, interviews, photo features, book reviews, 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, as well as explorations of culture, history, and modern trends.
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:
* Himal is a monthly periodical, and articles should not be dated upon publication. 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.
Due to space limitations, the editorial staff is forced to be selective with submissions. Once accepted, articles are edited and played back as necessary. Payment scale for Himal articles averages between USD 50-100. Copyright remains with Himal unless otherwise agreed.
Editors, Himal Southasian
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
Old Faces, New Precedents
On 11 May 2013, Pakistan went to the polls in a general election that will transfer power democratically for the first time in the nation's history. Nawaz Sharif has claimed victory for the Pakistan Muslim League-N.
From our archive:
Mehreen Zahra-Malik discusses novel means of holding corrupt officials to account in 'A coup by other means?' (July 2012)
Shamshad Ahmad on praetorian irony, Machiavelli's prince, and Pakistan's fight for constitutional primacy. (January 2008)
Zia Mian and A H Nayyar write about Pakistan's coup culture and Nawaz Sharif's 'absolutist sense of power.' (November 1999)