The submission period is now OPEN for the Spring 2011 issue


We accept theses, research papers, seminar papers, and essays relating to the study of South Asia from both the humanities and social sciences. However, it is preferred that papers that solely deal with quantitative analysis are not submitted. The term "South Asia" refers to the historical areas of: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. There is no "ideal" page range, though generally submissions between 15 and 40 pages are preferred. Your submission will not be disqualified if it is under 15 or over 40 pages.

Please note that to submit, you must be an undergraduate student at a college or university, or have attained your undergraduate degree within the past year.

Document Details

  • Citations: All citations must be footnoted in the Turabian or Chicago Style. Please refrain from using in-text citations. All papers must include a works cited page.

  • Cover Page: Please include a cover page that includes your name, university, year of study, and email address.

  • Acknowledgments: Acknowledgments should be condensed into the first footnote of the paper.

  • File Type: Your submission should be emailed as an attachment in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. The file name should be formatted as LASTNAME.DOC or LASTNAME.PDF. Please do not paste your work into the body of the email.

  • Submissions Limit: Please submit only one paper per submissions cycle.

Send submissions to . The subject line should read "Your Last Name: Spring 2011 Submission" (e.g., "Smith: Spring 2011 Submission")

Papers are due by March 18 at midnight.


For the first time, we will be publishing book reviews both online and in the Spring issue of the Journal. Reviews should deal critically with a work (non-fiction or fiction) that was published within the last year and deals with South Asia in some capacity; it should be 600-750 words. If you would like to write a review, email by March 18 with the details of the book you hope to review. For ideas, see the Columbia University Press website:


For the first time, we will be publishing a section of original journalistic research. If you have been 'in the field' (i.e., working within South Asia or with diasporic communities) and would like to publish your research in the next issue, send your work with the words 'Notes From the Field' in the title to by March 18. These submissions should be under 15 pages.