To Leave an Imprint in Written Word and to Light a Candle in the Dark

Words, they say are the best defence. Or perhaps, the best offence. It need not be said the impact of words in society be it printed, published, written or blatantly uttered to the comprehension of others. There are writers who do not conform to the more commercial of society, this is for you. For those who enjoy the written word and would love to share, this is for you. For the fictional writer and those who seek a place to improve, this is for you. For Malaysia and the world, and humanity. This is for you. Share...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year

Dear readers,

We would like to wish a Happy Chinese New Year to all!



Monday, January 24, 2011

Kayu Api is BACK!!

Hey guys!!

To all those who have followed us since our conception in 2008, we thank you sincerely from the bottom of our hearts. KAP has been pretty inactive the past year or so due to various reasons. However, we are glad to announce that KAP will be slowly making its comeback. So do continue checking back for future updates and we would love to hear from you. So, drop us an email if you have any suggestions, events or even stories. ;D
That's all for now. Take care fellow readers!


Kayu Api 

Friday, November 13, 2009


Hey there!!

This is a note to all our followers and readers. :)

Kayu Api Productions will resume activity sometime at the end of the year. So do check back every now and then.



Friday, August 28, 2009

Call for Short Stories!!

Asian and Asian diasporic writers, new or established, are invited to send short stories in English for a volume of NEW ASIAN SHORT STORIES to be published by Marshall Cavendish (Malaysia). The book will be edited by Prof. Mohammad A. Quayum whose details are given below. We invite short stories not exceeding 6000 words and NOT published or submitted for publication elsewhere to be submitted to the editor electronically at, by 15 February 2010. The book will be released in September 2010, and all successful contributors will be sent a complimentary copy of the book upon publication.

About the Editor

Mohammad A. Quayum has taught at universities in Singapore, Malaysia, Bangladesh, and the US, and is currently professor of English at International Islamic University Malaysia. He is the author or editor of nineteen books (published by Penguin, Pearson Education, Peter Lang, Prentice-Hall, Marshall Cavendish etc), and his scholarly articles have appeared in distinguished literary journals in the UK, the USA, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Singapore, Taiwan, India, and Malaysia.

(From the Malaysian-Writers Group)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

News and Updates!!

Hey everyone!!!

Kayu Api is back!!! Sorry for the lack of updates recently. We have been really busy the past 2 months. Here is a post from the Asia and Pacific Writers Network ( plus some information on the Asia Literary Review.

Asia Literary Review is now on sale in the US, having arrived on the shelves of 250 Barnes & Noble stores across North America in May.

“Early indications are that sales are strong,” Editor-in-Chief Chris Wood said. “The success of ALR over the past 18 months demonstrates that the eyes of the literary world are turned towards Asia. ALR has gone from strength to strength in a little over a year and is on sale throughout much of Asia and the Subcontinent, in the UK, Europe, Australia and Canada, and now America. It’s a great place for Asian writers and those writing on Asia to showcase their work, and of course to get paid for their efforts.”

With legendary former Granta Editor Ian Jack as Executive Editor and Harvard Review Fiction Editor Nam Le, author of last year’s acclaimed debute short story collection, The Boat, as a contributing editor, Asia Literary Review is fast making a name for itself in the literary world.

The Hong Kong based journal is described as the first magazine of its kind in the Asian literary world - an exciting English language quarterly devoted to reportage, documentary photography, travel writing, fiction and memoir, set to become essential reading around the world for anyone with a serious interest in Asia and the best writing from and about the region. Each issue features the work of celebrated and established writers alongside new voices from Karachi to Beijing.

Asia Literary Review is calling for submissions.

A young English language quarterly devoted to fiction, reportage, documentary photography, travel writing, memoir and poetry, ALR is fast becoming essential reading around the world for anyone with a serious interest in Asia and the best of Asian writing.

ALR follows the tradition of successful literary journals published in Europe and the USA. It addresses the needs of intelligent readers, each quarterly issue reflecting the Asian experience through the work of celebrated and established writers alongside new voices from Mumbai to Shanghai, New York to London.
ALR has a global reach and readership, with distribution from Australia to India, the UK to China, Canada to Singapore, and Paris to the Philippines. The current issue sees ALR available in Barnes & Noble bookstores across the US for the first time.

ALR pays for submissions accepted for publication and has experienced editors to work closely with writers. Those who would like to submit a piece or discuss a possible submission are kindly asked to contact the editor, Chris Wood, by email to
For more on ALR visit