About The Missing Slate

the missing slate

The Missing Slate is an arts and literary journal created with intent to uphold free speech irrespective of geography, political, or religious affiliations. Our goal is simple: to honour talent and incorporate as many styles, opinions, and cultures as possible. The magazine is a “borderless” one with a culturally and intellectually diverse team that believes art is too inclusive to be mapped.

The story behind our name (a question we’re often asked) arose from the current literary landscape in Pakistan. We wanted to publish a magazine that paid tribute to our diversity by opening our “borders” to include submissions from other countries (and have published work from over 90 so far, including Pakistan). The magazine’s essays and commentaries would still cater to our roots in some way but Pakistan would not be an end-all destination for the magazine. As South Asian magazines are usually rooted in the region’s geography, such a platform was missing in the local publishing scene. Because slates are still used to write and teach in most rural Pakistani villages, it felt fitting for the magazine to be called The Missing Slate, finding and publishing voices our editors felt were important to a discerning reader.

Editor-in-Chief / Founder
Maryam Piracha

Creative Director / Co-Founder
Moeed Tariq

Managing Editor
Jacob Silkstone

Senior Fiction Editor
Casey Harding

Senior Essays Editor
Constance A. Dunn

Social Media Editor
Pratyusha Prakash

Art Editors
Varda Nisar
Haseeb Ali Chishti

Art Critic
Shameen Arshad

Poetry Editors
Afshan Shafi
Katy Lewis Hood
Pratyusha Prakash

Fiction Editors
Rushda Rafeek
Quinn Korreck
Mehreen Fatima Ashfaq

City Editors
Momina Mindeel, Lahore
Orooj-e-Zafar, Islamabad
Salaina Haroon, Karachi

Assistant Articles Editors
Elizabeth Lee Reynolds
Elishma Noel

Contributing Editors
Noah Klein
Maria Amir
Sana Hussain
Maida Salkanović
Aaron Grierson
Gimel Samera

We are grateful to past staff members Jamie Osborn, Mahnoor Yawar, Rhea Cinna, Lilly Brown, Camille Ralphs, Tom Nixon, Maliha Iftekhar, Ebony E. ChinnAreej Siddiqui, Ghausia Rashid Salam, Nabiha Zeeshan, Urooj Zia, Mehreen Sohail, Tehniat Aftab, Sana Tanveer Malik, Omri Luzon, Gareth Trew, Marcus Berian Nicholls, Jay Sizemore, Heather W. Peterson, Lara Clayton, Mariam Tareen Sethi, Syed Hassan Sagheer, Rabia M. Hasan, Defaf Moalla, Isra Ansari, Audrey Ryback, and Rosario Freire for their support and involvement over the years.