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Publishers for the Diaspora writers and poets Skylark Publications UK A Non-Profit Foundation

 Recipients of our Awards so far


●    Word Masala Award is only conferred on the published South-Asian diaspora poets with a substantial quality of work upholding their achievements to the highest standards. It will be akin to 'Lifetime Achievement'. We will be looking for a wider range of subject matter offered as well as the poet's recognizable contribution to literature, including any special achievements. All our past winners - we are very proud to say - have made us conscious of this fact. Only these winners will be invited to contribute to the winner's collection to be published by Skylark Publications UK. These winners will also nominate and help us in our consultations for future nominations. We do hope that our winners will help fellow diaspora poets where possible, and actively take an interest in this Foundation through mentoring, reviews, helping with a preface, providing comments for blurbs, helping to judge competitions, etc. Winners are also expected to include the mention of the award in their bio-data and link their page at www.skylarkpublications.co.uk to their blogs, social media platforms and web pages.

●    Others may receive WMP Special Citation Certificate Awards. For example, a citation can be for being an 'activist poet' or an 'emerging voice'. Our website will display such citations.

●    All the above-mentioned award winners and other generally featured poets may quote our Honour bestowed on them as Poet-of-the-Month.

●    In future, we intend to add Word Masala Poetry in Translation  Award as we start featuring the translation of well-known diaspora poets writing in the mother tongue. A separate collection will be published to celebrate their work.


About our Poet-of-the-Month Award

The Diaspora Poetry Films


Poetry Films are a very exciting genre, slowly making its mark. Like the concrete poetry this medium now takes us further in the realm of refreshed approach to the poetry that combines and experiments with the text, audio and the visuals. With the digital age one is able to explore this creative field easily. The link given here of my own film is linear, but with the third dimension adding its own meaning. There are many experiments of the medium in this genre that one can find through the search engines. The winner of the 2014 Turner Prize has put the short films on the mainstream art map now.


So please do explore and let us hear from you about your own poetry film. Please click below on the words, An exclamation, to get some idea about the genre.

An exclamation

Please note, Skylark Publication can help with your Foundation if you have a storyboard and the script idea. Enquire about the fees if you are interested.




A Review Group

Word Masala has set up a review group. We want to build up this group. Practical position in the publishing world is that if you are not prepared to review books by other poets and authors, it will be wrong to expect others to review your books. It takes time and effort. If everyone thinks it is a waste of time, then we will have a continued problem. If you are not pro-active in creating helpful conditions, then more and more publishers will ignore Diaspora writers. They are in it for the money. So let us feed their marketing with something that we can do. Please write to participate as much as you can to this group. Debjani Chatterjee has been successful in doing this exchange with Reginald Massey. Both have been featured in our past issues. I am spending as much time as I can to contact and find the magazines that will give us the space for articles on our poets and writers, as well as reviews.