Aloka is a volunteer-run online literary magazine for non-native English speakers and all those experimenting with language. Your submissions will brighten our screens and days in, but not limited to, these ways:

1. Unalloyed Verses (our headquarter for poetry)

We will become sleepless for poems which blow away our compass right away, but bring us even closer to what truly guides us. Peaceful meteors and crumbling high-rises stand in the same humorous line, every single bit of which reminds people about the most reasonable life. You have no mercy on any questionable dogmas and fashions, and you don’t dress yourself in the style you instinctively abhor. On top of dealing with a second language flowing in your blood, you can find a parachute in every corner of the world.

2. Numerous Translators (Our main field for translation is poetry)

We are ready, and hold our breath, for a new rhyme rising from both miles apart, and our own palms. Please pamper us with your laughs and worries along the quiet promenade from another language to English. No matter how tiny this earthquake is, you are delivering us the very real human silhouette, a whisper wish being said in another language can now be heard.

We kindly request the translators to take care of the copy right part of the source contexts.

3. Inverted Memories (for poetry, prose and fiction)

We are particularly interested in your occasionally clumsy fingers in a different culture, and how your memories, life experiences, emotions, talents, and performances in other respects, can struggle in the UK(or other parts in the world), or in the English language.

4. Your country in one petal (cross-genres, including visual arts)

We admire those daring works that frankly look at serious political, philosophical, environmental, financial, historical, national and other public problems we have been confronted with either in the old times or today. But we are not expecting a political manifesto or the raw materials for potential anthropological studies, instead, we will passionately read those works whose solid foundation is of individuality, independence, and continuing reflection.

5. Any other literary pieces, art works, or interviews comprising your artistic strength and best intelligent bits.

Please envelop your words and worlds(maybe also a brief bio of yours) nice and warm into word documents and our response can be expected in around 6 weeks once your unique beats have reached our email:

Simultaneous submissions and previously published works are acceptable. Please send us no more than 5 poems and 2 proses/fictions each time to allow us to fully appreciate your writing and wait till our response before your next submission. Successful contributors are encouraged to submit again only after one month later to give more chances to other writers. Please note we currently prefer works under 2,500 words(each piece of work).

We feel sorry to say that we are not able to pay our excellent contributors at the moment but we strive to do so in the near future.