My short story, Balinese Traditions, is now online at Anak Sastra Magazine

Anak SastraA short story of mine set in Bali has just been published and made available online in Issue 13 of Anak Sastra Magazine, a literary magazine dedicated to publishing works by Southeast Asian writers or writers who set their work in this region.

I enjoy reading this online magazine with stories, poems, and essays set in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Viet Nam, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. Each issue is a virtual plane ticket to a corner of the world I love visiting.

Bali rice paddiesMy story follows an Italian woman, Giovanna, who is traveling to Indonesia from Bologna. Twice before, Giovanna has been forced to cancel her dream trip to Bali. Years later, she refuses to change her plans for the third time, despite the consequences.

You can read Balinese Traditions online here (pp 24-35), and see all the other stories and essays that can transport you around Southeast Asia.

To read my other published short stories, available online, click here.


  1. Peri Kaymak on November 8, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I loved this bittersweet story, Kimberly. Thanks for sharing.

    • kimberlysullivan on November 8, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks, Peri! It means a lot to me that you enjoyed it. Wishing you a great weekend!

  2. chillcat on November 9, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Congratulations Kimberly! I haven’t been able to download it yet but am looking forward to reading your story. Wonderful!

  3. Chris on November 10, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Lovely story. Congratulations! And I’d forgotten about Anak Sastra; happy to rediscover it.

    • kimberlysullivan on November 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

      Thank you, Chris! Yes, of course, Anak Sastra is perfect for your wonderful Viet Nam stories. Nice to see a literary magazine focused on Southeast Asia.

  4. ProfeJMarie (Janet Rundquist) on November 16, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Congrats! And just finished reading – a lovely story and let me tell you, my kid asks me if their father might be reborn into a cousin I say, “why not”? What do do we know, anyway. A beautiful Balinese tradition, too. I’m keeping the link bookmarked because I like the idea of having a quick story within reach. (I got a kick out of “Quack Quack”, too, the only other story I’ve read so far.) Short stories are unpredictable and I’m kind of hot-cold on them. Some of the ones my students have to read (I don’t choose the curriculum) I’m sometimes kind of with them in thinking, “huh?”, but yours – and even that first one fit my bill pretty well. I will take advantage of National Short Story week a little longer. 🙂

    • kimberlysullivan on November 18, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Thanks, Janet. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the story. I always enjoy Short Story Week, too. It’s nice to concentrate on a form that often feels a bit overlooked.

  5. […] For other Bali tips, see my earlier posts about the Monkey Jungle, The Bird Park, the Pura Taman Ayun Temple, fishing in Bali, Bali TreeTop Adventures and Bali hotels. And if you want to download a free short story set in Bali, you can access my short story, Balinese Traditions, by clicking here. […]

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