It’s almost here! Carayan Press: Winter 2015

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KL’s publisher: carayan press!

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Dear KL contributors & lovely supporters!

We apologize for the respite, but we have good news after our yearlong search for a publisher: Carayan Press is publishing the Kuwento for Lost Things Anthology!

More details to come! However, expect a few things in the coming months:

1. A slated publishing date by Fall 2014!
2. A brand new website.
3. Cover art by the unforgettable surrealist and muralist, Eliseo Art Silva!

And last but not least:

4. Our evocative Introduction is written by the prolific and immensely talented, Dean Francis Alfar:

What is the value of myth in the modern world?  Why tell more stories?

Myths help us in the continuing work of defining our identities as Filipinos, as we get fragmented and assimilated, as we adopt and adapt, as we narrow and broaden our concept of what it means to be us.  This is, in essence, what we have lost, and what we yearn to find – pieces that we know to be ours, to be us, that we can take back into ourselves even as we grow as individuals, as a people, in an increasingly multi-cultural world.

For now, check out the Walang Hiya Anthology, another Carayan Press book:

Get ready for a beautiful & haunting book!


Melissa & Rachelle

submissions: closed

Submission Guidelines:

KL does not charge a fee for submitting. As such, we cannot afford to pay a monetary sum to any of our contributors at this time.

Electronic submissions only, please.

For literature submissions, please visit here to submit.

  • Poetry: 3–7 poems.
  • Fiction and Non-Fiction: 10–15 pages, double-spaced in 12 point font.
  • Collaboration: 5–10 pages.

For visual art submissions, send the files in JPEG (.jpeg) format, in addition to a short cover letter, including contact information and bio in in the body of the email.  Include in the subject your name and the genre of your submission as follows: “First Name, Last Name: Genre.”

  • Visual Art: 1–5 works.  (Note: visual art submissions will be considered for cover art and/or the online format of the anthology)

Reading Period: August 15, 2011 – (extended) February 15, 2012

Rights: Previously published works are fine, as long as the rights are reverted back to you. By submitting you are allowing KL to reproduce your work. Not all submissions may be featured in our print / online mediums.

Contact Information:
For more information, please email editors Rachelle Cruz and Melissa Sipin at kuwentoforlostthings [at] gmail [dot] com.

KL: writings on philippine mythology

“…though the body of tales being produced today remains small, the tales themselves are extraordinarily varied.”
Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo.

As children, we listened with wonder and terror at the stories of the duwende (trickster dwarves who dwell in the darkest woods), the manananggal (the self-segmenting viscera sucker whose favorite dish is newborn babies) and many, many other forest deities, witches, mermaids, and creatures of the night.  For some of us, these were the first stories we encountered. Continue reading

meet the editors


Rachelle Cruz
Rachelle is from Hayward, California. She is the author of the chapbook, Self-Portrait as Rumor and Blood (Dancing Girl Press 2012). Her work is forthcoming or has appeared in New California Writing 2013 (Heyday Books), Yellow Medicine Review, Jet Fuel Review,The Lit Pub, The Bakery, Stone Highway, The Collagist, Bone Bouquet, PANK Magazine, Muzzle Magazine, Splinter Generation, KCET’s Departures Series, Inlandia: A Literary Journey, among others. She hosts The Blood-Jet Writing Hour on Blog Talk Radio. An Emerging Voices Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow and a VONA writer, she lives and writes in Southern California.

10153871_10202437449910925_3162713145719003443_nMelissa Sipin
Melissa is a writer from Carson, CA. She won First Place in the 2013 Glimmer Train Fiction Open and her writing has been published/forthcoming in Glimmer Train Stories, PANK Magazine, Fjords Review, Hyphen MagazinesPARKLE+bLINK 52, 580 Split, Plural, Locked Horn Press’s Gendered & Written: Forums on Poetics, and Kweli Journal, among others. She cofounded and is editor-in-chief of TAYO Literary Magazine. As a Kundiman Fiction Fellow, VONA/Voices Fellow, and U.S. Navy wife, she teaches at Tidewater Community College. She blogs at and is currently working on a novel.