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H.A.L. joins Shanghai Burning Man Decompression

Burning Man Decompression Shanghai

The H.A.L. crew joined the Shanghai Burning Man Decompression (put on by the people behind the Dragon Burn) at Inferno this past Sunday. From afternoon and into the evening, H.A.L. solicited lines for a massive collaborative poem (see the full poem below) and mad H.A.L. poets targeted members of the crowd for spontaneous poetry performances.

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ISSUE 05 of FAR ENOUGH EAST launches on the 15th in the West and the 16h of May in the East. Issue 05 of FEE features Photographer Ren Hang’s stunning photos as well as Illustrator Eric Robertson’s whimsical artwork for the first story in our new Serials section. Check out our cover for Issue 05 here.


Shanghai prefers H.A.L. Publishing to Batman

As seen in popular media, H.A.L. Publishing. To purchase a copy of Middle Kingdom Underground, send an email to




The new literary quarterly Far Enough East by H.A.L. Publishing is live as of today.


Visit Far Enough East now. That’s all we have to say.


Storytelling event for charity: Giving Thanks – Dec 6, 8pm

Join Mamagushi and HAL for an evening of storytelling December 6th at 8pm at City Bull with performances by Lindsay Redifer, W. M. Butler, and Danny Hwang.

Proceeds from the evening go to providing holiday care packages to orphan girls in Qinghai.

City Bull
Metropolitan Building, 2nd floor
Nanjing Dong Lu near Henan Zhong Lu
(Above the Apple Store)
RMB 200, all proceeds go to charity


FAR ENOUGH EAST: A New Literary Journal from H.A.L.

We here at H.A.L. Publishing are proud to present our newest foray into venture literature. Far Enough East is an online publication that will showcase work from emerging and established writers breaking barriers and crossing borders. H.A.L. is  firmly rooted in Shanghai’s independent literature community, but are now turning our eyes towards the international community, seeking exceptional literature and poetry that captures the world we live in today.



1) All submissions must be in English. Translations are acceptable and should be accompanied by a copy of the original text. Fiction and non-fiction entries are not to exceed 3,000 words. Poets may submit up to five poems at once; no single poem should exceed 100 lines.

2) Submissions should be attached as a word document.

3) A short, 50 word factual bio can be included in the body of the entry email.

4) Special formatting discouraged.

5) Selected writers grant H.A.L. Publishing first serial rights; all rights revert to the author upon publication, which will occur within six months of acceptance. Selected writers grant H.A.L. the right to indefinitely promote the author’s work online and in print, including by excerpting the work online and in print for promotional purposes.

6) Simultaneous submissions allowed, but please notify the editors immediately if chosen for publication elsewhere. Previously published material not allowed.

8) By act of submission, submitters verify that the work they submit is their own and does not infringe on the copyrights of any other author, story or work, published or unpublished.

9) Failure to follow or agree to these terms will result in disqualification.

10) Subject of e-mail should include name of author, name of piece and genre you are submitting to. (ex: Author Name/ Title/ Genre)

Please send all submissions to Editor Robin Silver at by midnight (Shanghai time) Oct 22. We will respond to all submissions prior to publication of the issue to which authors submit their work.


Big In China Short Fiction Competition


Founded in 2009 by Bjorn Wahlstrom, a Swede living in Shanghai, China, H.A.L. Publishing is proud to announce its first international short fiction (1,500 words) competition, The Big In China Short Fiction Competition.

Deadline for entry is October 1, 2012 at midnight Pacific Standard Time. Winners will be announced by October 15, 2012.

H.A.L., as China’s leading English language small press and literary events company, is best known for cutting edge China-based literature and performances by natives and foreigners living in the PRC, but in recent months has opened up its submissions to include other works from around the world. The Shanghai Tunnels Project International Video Poetry Festival, held in conjunction with Unshod Quills, is one such recent example. H.A.L. books are distributed internationally at such retailers as Garden Books in China, Powell’s Books, online and in Portland stores, and Quimby’s in Chicago.

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Storytelling Friday Night at La Mer

This Friday night at 8, enjoy live storytelling at Café La Mer. Featured previously at H.A.L. LiT, Brian of mamagushi brings together storytellers living in Shanghai to tell the stories they know the best—their own lives.

Cool off, sip on some wine, and enjoy stories of summer nights.

Stories of Summer Nights.  8pm Friday, July 27 @ Café La Mer (677 Julu Lu near Shaanxi Nan Lu).


H.A.L. LiT: Thursday June 28 at YinYang’s

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H.A.L. at Cool Docks 2-10 tomorrow

H.A.L. is going to be at the Cool Docks tomorrow selling books and making poetry for the masses. If you’re a poet and want to craft tailor made poetry for the fine citizens of Shanghai and get PAID for it then we’ll see you there. 

The Amazing Pick-a-Path Mystery of the Sinister circus Murders’ Exit Second Banana will have a few freaks running around to keep you entertained. All are welcome.


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