An exciting opportunity for poets of Sri Lankan heritage or writing about diasporic communities.


Bloodaxe is publishing a collection of post-Independence Sri Lankan poetry, and the poetry of related diasporic communities. The audience will be international, including poets, scholars of poetics and postcolonial literature, and the general reader. Bloodaxe books have won major prizes, been widely reviewed, and they’re also the publisher of Jeet Thayil’s anthology of Indian poetry.

This book will allow roughly three poems per poet, and a short introduction to each. But to grasp the range and complexity of the poetry produced both in and out of Sri Lanka, it will include not only poems originally written in English, but also translations of works composed in Tamil and Sinhala.

The editors are Vidyan Ravinthiran, Shash Trevett and Seni Seneviratne. Please contact them at if you feel your work should be considered, or if there are other poets you’d like to recommend for inclusion.