THE TRANSNATIONAL

The Transnational is a bilingual literary magazine. We publish authors from all around the world who offer a new approach to the political and social landscape of the 21st century. Worldwide. In English & German.


Submissions Opening - May 30th 2018

Starting May 30th we'll be open to new submissions for our 6th magazine. Closing date will be the 30th of September 2018. For more information please check out the Submit page.


Volume 5 Now Available!

The Transnational Volume 5 is available right now! You can order the current issue on Amazon, Thalia and eBay.

Cover of The Transnational Volume 5
Volume 5 Cover (front)

Many thanks to our contributing authors:

HGich.T, Josef M. Gaßner, Simon Alles, Michael Johann Bauer, Clifton Bates, Gary Beck, Gerhard Benigni, Lara Dolphin, Clive Donovan, Ingrid Herta Drewing, Gary Duehr, Carina Contreras, Stefan Gräfe, Gloria D. Gonsalves Mimi Hapig, Catherine Harnett, Wolfgang Hofer, Tobias Hoffmann, Shubhangi Joshi, Bastian Klee Karin Monteiro-Zwahlen, Marcus Nickel, James B. Nicola, James P. Piatt, Tim Rogers, Robert Ronnow Philipp Schaab, Daniel Schulz, Marlene Schulz, Addie Scoggin, Margarita Serafimova, Marina Sens Ron Singer, Bert Tecklenborg, Michael Timoschek, Andrascz Weigoni, Rudolf Weiler

And also a lot of thanks to our great translators:

Paul Becker, Leah Griesmann, Maria Hesse, Conor O'Loughlin, Isabelle Poweleit, Anika Weidner, Rudolf Weiler



Presenting Authors and Literary Works

We periodically present authors to you, who support the Transnational, and their literary works. Those texts are only on our website. Other works can be read in the upcoming issues of the Transnational.

Featured: The Sari  by Shubhangi Joshi

It is not just worn at weddings, parties and ceremonies

It is also worn at a construction site
Amidst the cement, sand, gravel
Under the ruthless sun
Over a parched throat and blistered feet

It does not always shimmer in gold brocade and silk

It is also torn and tattered
With frayed edges, fading colors,
and cheap fabric

It is not always neatly pleated and pinned

It is also hastily stuffed into the petticoat
Worn high to avoid puddles
The pallu bunched up and flung over the head

To cushion the weight of bricks

It is not always an epitome of grace
Sometimes, it is patched with grime and grit.

Shubhangi Joshi
Shubhangi Joshi

About the author:

Shubhangi Joshi is a poet and musician based in Mumbai/India. She is the author of the poetry collection 'To Stir Up an Ornate Nest' (Authorspress, 2014) and the winner of the commendation prize at the All India Poetry Competition 2014 (Poetry Society of India). Her poetry has appeared in the anthology on gender and illness by Stanford University, Manushi, The Brown Critique, Poetry Quarterly, Levure Litteraire, and other journals. She has performed her poetry at events such as the Tata Literary Festival and others around Mumbai. Her poetry has also been performed by spoken word poets such as Janet Kuypers at poetry mic events in the US.  Her writing focuses on criticising and challenging India's societal norms, with a focus on its patriarchal psyche.


For more literary works visit the Authors and Works page.


New Editor / New Website

As of February 2017 René Kanzler has become the new editor of The Transnational magazine while the website has been re-designed to enhance both the reading and viewing experience.

His predecessor Sarah Katharina Kayß has decided to engage in a new project, for those interested either check out the project page itself or visit her personal website.