1. Picasso Dreams Shortlisted and commended by the judge at the Bath Flash Fiction Awards.

2. “Bear with me” published at Bluestem Magazine run by the Eastern Illinois University.

3. “Of Durians and Vipers” published at the Griffith Review New Asia Now Vol 2, Queensland, Australia.

4. “Thorax of a Blowfly” published in, a magazine run by the New York Writers Workshop, nominated for Best of Net.

5. “I’m Beautiful” published at the Lunch Ticket, run by the Antioch University, Los Angeles.

6.  “Evening out the Odds” published in Earthen Lamp Journal, India.

7. “A Spicy Chica” published at The Aerogram, San Francisco.

8.  “The Mercedes“, published at Muse India.

9. “Talking about Rape” published at When Women Waken, USA.

10. “A Toy Story” published at Flash Frontier, New Zealand.

11. “Putting One Foot in front of Another” published at Roar Magazine, USA

12. “Goodbye” in the Tiny Moments anthology, published by Pringmill Media.

13.  Nemin” at Atticus Review, Madison, New Jersey.

14.  In the Fox’s Parlour by Jet Fuel Review, Illinois nominated for Best of the Web and the Pushcart Prize.

15. For All the Men Who Slept with Her and Adventures of the Moving Lump at Thin Air Web Features.

16. “The Wedding Day”  at the Cha Literary Journal Hong Kong.

17. “The Right Thing to Do” at the Papercuts magazine.

18. “Infanticide” at the “Blue Fifth Review,” New Zealand.

19. Almost there, and back again at Litro, UK.


  1. Fire, Extinguished, published in the anthology, Extinguished & Extinct, by Twelve Winters Press, USA, nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

2. “I’ll Be Your Father” published in The Outrider Review, USA.

3. “The Only Truth” published at The First Line, USA

4. “Peeping Toe” , first published in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, then anthologised in Love and Lust in Singapore, by Monsoon Books, and also published at Birkbeck Writer’s Hub, UK.

5. “Maya Niwas”, anthologised in A Rainbow Feast: New Asian Short Stories, by Marshall and Cavendish, Malaysia.

6. “Finding Zen at Tasik Kenyir” anthologised in Sini Sana : Travels in Malaysia by MPH Malaysia.

A Subtle Degree of Restraint

7. “A Boy has Drowned” published in the anthology, “A Subtle Degree of Restraint” by MPH, Malaysia.

8. “Kartar Singh’s Birthday”  published in the anthology  Stories for Sendai.

9. “An Orchestrated Ending” published in the anthology Readings for Readings 2 by Bernice Chauly and Sharon Bakar, and in KL Noir: Blue, Buku Fixi, Malaysia.

KL Noir Blue

10. “November Rain” published in the anthology Crime Scene Asia Vol1 by Monsoon Books, Singapore.

11. “The Make up Man,”  in the anthology Twenty-Two New Asian Short stories published by Silverfish Books, Malaysia.

12.“Bad Decision” in the anthology Singapore Love Stories by Monsoon Books














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  1. Clay

    I haven’t read your work yet, and I will, but is this a blog? If so, is there any other way of subscribing other than e-mail? I did run a blog earlier. I used an embed button.

  2. cindy212

    Wow, busy and productive! Love the blogs and advice you’ve posted. Inspirational, moving and the pain reading about the horrific news. This is not shared on main stream media here in the US, as well as the trafficking of women and children across the nation and to other countries, the torture and murder of innocent people across the world. The world is falling apart, and I agree, watching news is depressing (and that’s not including the above which is not made public). One can blog, email, tweet, write, and pray for those who cannot flee.

    I believe in writing also without fear. My fictional novels include strong yet damaged women who overcome pain, revenge, and loss. Their obstacles are meant to stir those who are in similar distress, and want to see/relate to someone who has seen this kind of pain, believing they are alone. And … they are not. Thank you for your blog.

  3. celiamartinblog

    Impressing list! btw – will your stories be “translated” from US-american English in UK – or other – versions of the language? I am interested because I found sometimes different expressions when reading US or UK authors.
    German is not 100% the same in Austria, Germany and Switzerland as to special expressions.

  4. Marquessa

    Hi! I read that you had published your A to Z challenge pieces. Have you posted about that experience ( how you went about it, etc)? I’d love to find out more since I’m toying with that idea. Thanks!

  5. BeckyHelps

    I just read “Bear with me”. I read it without looking at the subject matter, thinking it might even be a kids story due to the title. A journey into the unknown, I find myself lost in a world of lostness. The child, the mother and then the father. Communication could have brought them all back me thinks.

  6. plotus

    Read Picasso Dreams – like watching a painting talk, and Bear with Me so powerful and sad. Terrific writing.

  7. sjholloway

    Just read ‘Picasso Dreams’ – lovely, simply lovely! Complex, intertwining, economical – congrats on such a dynamic and enlightening tale. (PS – Thanks for visiting me…)

  8. Yasmin Ward

    I enjoyed Peeping Toe…I read to the end to see who the owner was and the descriptions of commuters were very vivid, I could see the sleeping Romeo and Juliet clearly! 🙂

  9. samgalimore

    Hey Damyanti, I’m curious how you managed to get short stories into print. I was under the impression that short stories were basically a dead market. Congrats on breaking in!

      • jcm3rockstar

        That sounds like a good idea. I submit a few stories here and there throughout the year. When they are not published, I post them on my blog or archive them for another collection of stories. When there is a will, there is a way – if only I spent more time writing! Awesome blog.

  10. Sean McCann

    Hi Damyanti, thanks for the follow. I liked the first of these stories, nice twist at the end, I think. I think I had the gender of the first-person narrator wrong from the start, but I’m still not 100% sure! I’ll have to re-read it. There were no more active links than ‘Peeping Toe’ on your other blog – why two, incidentally? – so I’m glad to find more on here and will be sure to read the others, especially any crime ones as that’s where my main interest lies novel-wise. I haven’t read – or written – any shorts for ages. It’d be good to get back into them a bit.

    • Damyanti

      Sean, sorry I didn’t see this earlier.

      Peeping Toe has been published thrice, and two of them are different versions, hence two links.

      Some of the stories towards the end of the list have active links to the stories (Numbers 9,10, 13,14)– the others were published in anthologies, so a direct link to them is not possible.

      Number 12, November Rain, is the only crime story I’ve published so far, and the anthology of crime stories it is included in is available on Amazon. Another crime story is forthcoming in in December- an online mag run by New York Writers Workshop.

      Thanks for reading and all the best for your own writing journey.

  11. jazmynjb

    I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover but the ‘A to Z Stories of Life and Death’ cover had me instantly hooked. And the description had my wallet opening. Just bought the book, can’t wait to start reading.

    Thanks for the follow by the way!

  12. gabrielleechristian

    Thank you for visits and reading my daily blog! You can also write me on twitter at @gabrielleecris !

  13. Nickolaus Hines

    Writers like yourself help me understand that the written word isn’t dying, it’s morphing.

    I am constantly coming up with stories I would like to write, profiles I feel need to be told and pictures I know need to be taken, but I am stuck in this loop of needing to write what I have to in order to graduate from Auburn University.

    I am not a consistent reader of fiction. With that confession, I do love fiction that speaks to human nature, something you do consistently well.

    Your writing looks great and is a reminder for me to keep chasing what I love.

    Thank you for checking out my blog so I can find yours! I will be back!

  14. kpriyata

    Hello Damyanti thank you for appreciating my work and following my blog. I read Peeping Toe and simply loved it for its humour. Its witty and brilliant. I am an aspiring writer and your blog is a great inspiration for me. 🙂

  15. geezersabroad

    i dig reading about other places, and the comparison/contrast setup works well, allowing me to decide which place I would enjoy without having to actually move there. Your clear descriptions and imagery help me visualize he places.

  16. lexborgia

    I just finished reading ‘The Mercedes’ and I enjoyed it very much; seems the rock at the top of the hill came loose. Never heard of a Murati(an Indian brand of car?). An impressive ending to the tale, and I’m looking forward to reading it again. Greetings from Berlin.