Publish with us

We expressly encourage the submission of unsolicited pieces that engage with contemporary or historical aspects of Kerala society. Submissions can be in English or Malayalam.


  • Ala accepts submissions in English or in Malayalam.
  • Submissions are to be sent via email to, with the title of the submission in the subject line. Please also send a brief author-bio.
  • We are looking for articles of about 1000-1500 words, ideally with a photo or illustration to go with it.
  • For articles in Malayalam, please ensure that you use a Unicode font. We recommend the Rachana font.
  • We may not respond to all submission emails. Submissions will be vetted by the editorial team before a decision is made.
  • Submissions previously published elsewhere may be allowed for socially and politically relevant materials, along with appropriate attribution and a link to the original.
  • Authors must exercise due caution to avoid plagiarism. When reusing text, whether from the author’s own publication or that of others, ensure appropriate attribution and citation. Any allegations of plagiarism or self-plagiarism will be investigated by the editors and appropriate action will be taken. 
  • We are only open to finished drafts with the requisite images/video/audio inputs. Incomplete pieces or social media re-postings will not be published.
  • The editorial team welcomes queries regarding potential article topics.
  • Please provide a summary description for finished video/audio projects. YouTube/Vimeo links are acceptable.

Copyright Statement

All content on Ala is under the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license, subject to the following conditions (applicable to all articles published after July 31, 2019):

  • Content on Ala cannot be republished on other fora for 30 days from the date of publication.
  • After this period, content can be republished with the explicit and written consent of the author, along with clear attribution, stating the original source and providing a link to the article on Ala.


Image credit: Harikrishnan S.