The magazine’s annual contest calls for participation by authors writing in English and in the BCMS languages. The contest is international in format, and there are no geographical restrictions so long as the submissions are in one of the languages specified. Hourglass Literary Magazine is an annual and bilingual magazine which is being published in print and digital form in English as well as the languages of the region (BCMS). Find out more.
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We want to achieve intercultural mélange, first and foremost literary, that is: we will pose a series of questions on the pages of Hourglass Literary Magazine, such as: what are poetics and formal solutions and (pre)dominant themes of authors who write in English, that is languages ​​of the region (BCMS)?! Find out more.

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Between Hope and Hopelessness by Danilo Kiš

Saturday 14th May 2016

(NOTE: Originally delivered when Kis acccepted the Grand Aigle d’Or prize from the city of Nice.) If I should like to compress into the shortest possible space the realization which I have reached through experience, personal and cultural, even through reading, a realization that is quintessential for my writing, then it would come down to the following: […]

The Great Poets’ Brawl of ’68 by Charles Simic

Thursday 12th May 2016

The biggest and the most illustrious gathering of poets I have ever attended took place in June of 1968 at the Stony Brook World Poetry Conference. There were 108 poets present, according to Jim Harrison, who organized it together with Louis Simpson and others. Most were American, but there was also a sizeable foreign contingent. […]

Danilo Kiš: Advice for the Young Writer

Tuesday 3rd May 2016

Danilo Kis was born in 1935 in what was then the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, and died less than a month before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. According to literary rumor, Kis was expected to win the Nobel Prize for Literature the year of his death. Before he died, he made a list of advice […]

On Nationalism by Danilo Kiš, 1973

Sunday 1st May 2016

Nationalism is first and foremost paranoia. Collective and individual paranoia. As collective paranoia it results from envy and fear, and most of all from the loss of individual consciousness; this collective paranoia is therefore simply an accumulation of individual paranoias at the pitch of paroxysm. If, in the framework of a social order, an individual is […]


Thursday 21st April 2016

It has been very hectic at the Hourglass desk these past few days as we sifted through the numerous early bird submissions. Thank you for keeping us busy, and now we can proudly announce that all Early Bird submissions have been reviewed. However, you will have to wait a little longer for the results which will […]

Aestas 2015

Friday 15th April 2016

Fourteen stories from fourteen authors, writing from all over the world. In Aestas 2015, a Fabula Press anthology.     In Kenya, Africa, a group of convicts break out of prison. A ship sinks off the coast of South Africa in 1782. In a small coastal town, Long John the mini-man seeks an identity. In […]

"Must have" book

Tuesday 8th March 2016

Whatever your age, gender or nationality, so compelling is this narrative that while you read it you’re eleven or twelve, on the cusp of puberty: a boy discovering your identity one summer holiday in Catholic Belfast at the height of The Troubles. (Click to buy Print edition) To grown-ups, Mickey Donnelly’s the archetypal good boy. […]