World Literature in Translation

Balestier Press is dedicated to promoting cultural diversity in writing and publishing, and one way we achieve this is by welcoming submissions of translated literature, especially from Asian languages. If you have a proposal for a literary translation work, we encourage you to send us a synopsis, a sample translation, and details about both the author and translator. We also ask that you include a cover letter that describes how your proposed publication can contribute to promoting publishing diversity in the UK and/or globally. You can send your proposal to for our consideration.

Balestier Press and bibliodiversity

Balestier Press is committed to promoting diversity in publishing, with a particular focus on Asia. We strive to publish exceptional works that contribute to cross-cultural understanding and celebrate diversity.

Our submission guidelines welcome a wide range of creative works, such as original manuscripts in various genres like fiction, poetry, short stories, graphic novels, creative non-fiction, memoirs. We also encourage submissions of translated works and literary studies.

Our selection process prioritizes the originality and quality of the work, as well as how it contributes to cultural diversity in writing and publishing.

To submit your manuscript, please send us an email at, including your manuscript, a synopsis, and a cover letter explaining how your publication contributes to cultural diversity in writing and publishing. In addition, please provide your full name, address, phone number, email, and a brief bio.

Please keep in mind that while we receive many manuscripts, our editorial team is small. If you haven’t received any communication from us after three months, it’s likely that we have not accepted your proposal due to our limited publishing capacity, and not because of the quality of your work.

Please note that your manuscript must be original and primarily written in English. For formatting, please use Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX), Rich Text Format (RTF), LibreOffice Open Document Format (ODF), or LaTeX (TEX).