Greetings from Bengal Lights Books!

Creative writing in English is on the verge of a real efflorescence in Bangladesh today. As ULAB’s literary publishing imprint, we hope to give this exciting, burgeoning energy a forum, through our books and our literary journal bengal lights.

This webpage provides links to further information about our books and journal and how to send us your contributions.

Khademul Islam

Director, BLB


Mission Statement :

Bengal Lights Books (BLB) is a publishing house that seeks to find expressions in fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction that feel utterly fresh, urgent and relevant across borders. We are looking to uncover new Bangladeshi talent and work with them to lead their creative ideas towards publication. We aim to also serve the need for publishing quality translations of Bengali – and other languages too – into English, and therefore work closely with ULAB’s Dhaka Translation Center (DTC). Our partnerships with like-minded publishers abroad – such as the US-based Unnamed Press and Phoneme Media – help Bangladeshi writers find a global audience.

No genre or topic is off-limits for our annual literary journal, Bengal Lights. We welcome contributions from all writers, whether established or new. We are also looking for new genres and forms of narrative, particularly nonfiction and memoirs. Through the journal, we seek to forge literary connections between Bangladesh and the wider world and introduce fascinating new voices from abroad to the local readership.


Bengal lights is published in two issues each year– autumn (August) and spring (February).

The following writers and academics are the members of the journal’s advisory board:

  1. K. Anis Ahmed (Publisher)
  2. Khademul Islam (Editor)
  3. David Shook (America)
  4. Amit Chaudhuri (India)
  5. Keki Daruwalla (India)
  6. Jatindra K. Nayak (India)
  7. Daya Dissanayake (Sri Lanka)
  8. Muneeza Shamsie (Pakistan)
  9. Abhi Subedi (Nepal)
  10. Firdous Azim
  11. Kaiser Haq
  12. Fakrul Alam
  13. Ahmede Hussain
  14. Syed Manzoorul Islam
  15. Razia Sultana Khan
  16. Sadaf Saaz Siddiqi
  17. Ahsan Akbar

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