Eastlit, is a journal and website focused on creative writing, English literature and art specifically from or connected to East and South East Asia.
It was launched on October 26th 2012. The first issue of the Eastlit journal came out on 1st December 2012. It featured poetry, fiction, non-fiction and a novel extract.
Eastlit aims at encouraging the writing and reading of Asian poetry, Asian fiction, Asian non-fiction and Asian artwork.
We recognize the importance of this emerging region, and also the move to improve English throughout it. We hope to be a small part of this change. At Eastlit, we further hope to promote the development of English literature and creative writing within the region. Up until now there has been little support for English based literature in the region except in a few small areas. This is going to change as rapidly as the region itself is changing in other ways. The stories, old and new, of East and South East Asia are going to become accessible across the world in the coming years as English literature from these countries takes its place alongside the writing from more traditional literary regions. These pieces will add to and broaden an already wide set of literary genres and works as the writers of East and South East Asia assume their role within the realm of the English written word.