Participants of the 4th Issue

Here are the names of all of our participants who sent us their literary works for publishing in our 4th issue (in alphabetic order):

Alan Summers
Ameneh Ebrahimpour
Bänoo Zan
Ernesto Santiago
I. Pourtahmasbi
Nasrin Ataee
Ryan Searfoss
S. Martin
Saeed Saffar Heidari
Sholeh Wolpé
Sina Ghasemi
Shloka Shankar
Vahid Koochaki

*The names of the artists whose artworks are going to be used the layout will be announced later.

Happy Nowruz!

March 21st marks the beginning of the New Year or Nowruz in the Iranian Jalali calendar. Today, More than 300 million people around the world celebrate Nowruz as their New Year ceremony.

Nowruz is celebrated primarily in Greater Iran, Caucasus and Central Asia. Nowruz has also spread in many other regions of the world, including parts of South Asia, Northwestern China, Crimea, Somalia and Yemen. It is also celebrated by some ethnic groups in Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo and the Republic of Macedonia, and by Kurds in Iraq, Turkey, and Syria, as well as Parsis in the Indian subcontinent.

Nowruz is an official holiday in Iran, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Turkey, and etc. Also the Canadian parliament passed a bill to add Nowruz to the national calendar of Canada, on March 30, 2009. It is good to know that Nowruz is officially registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Nowruz has its especial traditions and customs, people usually prepare themselves since a few days before this holiday. The most principal element in this holiday is the Table of HaftSeen which includes 7 items starting with the sound “S” in the Persian language. There are many other elements including Haji Firuz, Charshanbe Suri, Eidi, Sizdah-Bedar and etc. related to this festival which we suggest you to read this article about Nowruz on Wikipedia to learn more about them:




Winter Issue Postponed

Hi everybody,

Naturally we should have had published the 3rd issue of our magazine by now, but unfortunately we will not be able to make it. We have tried our best to meet our deadline, but some of the essays we meant to prepare by February, are not ready yet. Therefore, we need more time to finish some of the essays, and do the layout. That’s why we have decided to combine the 3rd and the 4th issues in a single volume that is going to be published right after Noruz vacation in early April.

Now that we had to postpone the publication of our winter issue, the deadline to submit works will be extended; you can send your works up until the end of this Iranian year, or March 20.

We are very sorry for the delay, we know that our participants were expecting to read their works this winter

Haiku for Winter 2014

In each of our past issues we have published at least 4 haiku, which were always accompanied with relevant pictures (this combination of pictures and short poems can also be called haiga). For winter 2014 issue, we wish to publish more, on the condition that we receive enough good haiku. The top 4 will be published as haigas, while the rest depending on their numbers will appear on one or more decorated pages similar to the one you see below.

(continue reading for how to submit yours)

● Submit your HAIKU from now until Feb. 9th to  be published in Derafsh-e Mehr winter issue. ● Pick 3 of your best haiku and send them to our  email address: ● Please do read our “regulations” on our weblog at before sending  your works. ● There is no limitation on the subject or form.

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Announcement for Winter 2014

We are going to publish our winter 2014 issue by late February. So, if you wish to send your new works to be published, please do it by February 9th (Bahman 20th). Everything you need to know about what kind of articles you can send, and how to send them is available on “Regulations & Terms of Use” page.


We are compiling our 4th issue for winter 2014, which is going be published by late February. 		If you wish to have your works published in the upcoming issue, please submit your works by February 9th (Bahman 20th). 		You can find all the necessary information about what to submit, and how to submit it on our weblog: Don’t forget to read our “Regulations & Terms of Use” before submiting your works. 		If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Happy 2014

Happy 2014

Happy New Year everybody! We hope that you are going to be more successful and happier than ever in 2014. Altogether, the year 2013 was a very good year for us, since we published 3 issues of our magazine and we learnt a lot along the way. We hope it was the same for you.

The following days are going to busy days for most of you, because you are either in Christmas holidays, or if you are a student in Iran you are unlucky enough to have to study for the final exams of fall semester. We hope that whatever you are doing you will be successful with it.

Although we know most of you are possibly not in the mood for it, but let’s save the chance to announce that by the renewal of the year, we decided to renew our regulations and terms of use. We have added and removed a few parts of our regulations. We tried to make them as brief as possible; they are a little longer than 1000 words in sum. Take your time to make the best of your holidays (or your exams in the case of students in Iran) then read the new regulations list here to submit your new literary and art works for the winter issue.


Issue #3 Published

Our issue #3, fall 2013, which is Ahmad Shamlou’s exclusive edition, is now published. It is available for purchase from this Sunday, both at the university and at Afra Language Bookstore.

Issue #3 Front Cover

Front Cover

We have another news to tell you: We have decided to publish our magazine online concurrently as we offer the printed version. And they are offered for Free! _Because we never wanted to gain financial profit out of this project. And as we have said before the money you pay when buying the printed copies is spent of printing the next issue. This means that not only you can download the electronic version of the summer 2013 issue right now, but also our fall 2013 issue which is just published in paper will be placed online in a matter of a few hours after a few minor modifications. The reason for this decision and the download links are offered here.