In 2012, the Asian American Writers' Workshop launched a set of online magazines in order to build conversations around cutting-edge ideas in Asian American literature, art, and social justice. Though the aims of our publications are distinct, both of them are committed to the reinvention and advancement of Asian American intellectual culture.

  • The Margins is our magazine of arts and ideas dedicated to charting the rise of the Asian American creative class through essays, interviews, and creative writing.
  • Open City is our narrative journalism magazine that seeks to tell the stories of Asian American neighborhoods, primarily in New York.

We publish: 1) original creative writing, whether poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or even interdisciplinary work; 2) essays on literature and politics by sophisticated thinkers who can speak to a general audience about race, gender, sexuality, immigration, postcolonialism, pop culture, and diaspora; 3) reportage about immigrant communities in NYC by narrative storytellers who can set a scene with rich imagery and descriptive detail. 

Our stories have been linked to by the Wall Street Journal, the New Inquiry and the New York Times. Our contributors have included Jessica Hagedorn, Hanya Yanagihara, Chang-rae Lee, Bhanu Kapil, Ashok Kondabolu, Jenny Zhang, Katie Kitamura, Hua Hsu, Kim Hyesoon, Alexander Chee, Vijay Iyer, and Yoko Ogawa. See below for ways you can submit your work!

Please note that as of August 21, 2019 we have closed our nonfiction/essays form for the fall. We'll be back with more opportunities to send us your nonfiction in the coming months!

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is an alternative literary arts space, an incubator for emerging writers and a sanctuary space for readers and ideas. Our public space is designed for gathering communities and building critical dialogue between literature and movement culture. At a time when migrants, women, people of color, Muslims, and LGBTQ people are specifically targeted, we are a community of activists who use our artistry to advocate for and center the voices and ideas on the margins. We offer a new countercultural public space in which to imagine a more just future.

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is accepting applications for the Fall 2020 season for workshops,  readings, panels and performances. If you have a workshop or event which you’d like to present to our curation team, do visit our workshop and events pages and even better, attend our events and workshops to get a feel for the space and AAWW community. 

All the AAWW events at our site are open to the public with a $5 suggested donation. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Our on-site events take place on weekday evenings  starting at 6:30 PM and run for 50 minutes. If you have an event that may have unique space or A/V needs, please do include this in your applications. 

The Asian American Writers' Workshop will be accepting pitches for Fall 2020 public events & workshops until 11:59PM, May 31.

The majority of  our on-site workshops take place on weekday evenings starting at 6:30 PM and run for 2-3 hours. Workshops can take place as one day intensives or as a series. 

In your event pitch, please be sure to include the following.

For events:

  • Event Description
  • Headshots & bios for featured artists/writers
  • Preferred dates
  • Any unique needs such as AV support

For workshops:

  • Workshop description including concrete takeaways
  • Headshot & bio for instructor
  • Preference for class size, level, number of sessions
  • Any unique needs such as AV support

Every Tuesday, the Margins publishes the work of emerging and established Asian American poets. We accept submissions for our Poetry Tuesday feature. Please allow at least five weeks for a response.

We’re looking for:
  • Poetry that challenges/subverts convention (in both poetry and society)
  • Poetry that is not afraid to be humorous, dirty, and obscene
  • Poetry that explores history
  • Poetry that responds to current events and issues
  • Translations of poetry (given the submitter explains that he/she/they has/have acquired the rights to publish them, along with the originals)


  • Poems need not be a specific length/form/style (e.g. long, short, formal, free verse, erasure)
  • Submissions should be no longer than six pages total. Multiple poems may be submitted in the same document.
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