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’re looking for 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!
Fellowship starts: December 1, 2017
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is now accepting applications for the 2018 Margins Fellowship. Four emerging Asian American writers of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction based in New York City aged 30 and under will receive $5,000, residency time at the Millay Colony for the Arts, mentorship, access to the AAWW writing space, and publication opportunities in our online magazine, The Margins. This coming year, one Margins Fellow will be funded by an initiative to support emerging Muslim, Arab, and South Asian writers in NYC. We see this as a chance to support writers from Arab, West Asian, and North and East African communities and Muslim writers of color more broadly. If you are a writer of color who identifies with these communities, please discuss this in your application.
The Margins is an online magazine of arts and ideas featuring new fiction and poetry, literary and cultural criticism, and interviews with writers and artists, all of which explore new interpretations of what it means to be both an American and a global citizen. Our stories have been linked to by the Wall Street Journal, The New Inquiry, Literary Hub, and the New York Times. Our contributors include Chang-rae Lee, Jessica Hagedorn, Vijay Iyer, Bhanu Kapil, Katie Kitamura, Hua Hsu, Amitava Kumar, and Yoko Ogawa.
All applicants should read our FAQ before applying to determine whether or not they are eligible. The Margins fellowship is open to emerging Asian American, Muslim, and Arab creative writers who are age 30 or under and reside in New York City. To be considered you must apply through this Submittable form. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us at aawwmagazine [at] gmail [dot] com.
The Margins Fellowship deadline has been extended to Wednesday, October 11, 2017, by 11:59 pm. The term of the fellowship is one year, from January to December 2018.
HOW TO APPLY
1. READ OUR FAQ.
2. Get to know our magazine.
3. Fill out the application form below by 11:59 pm am on October 11, 2017. Please note all applicants must attach a statement of purpose, a CV/resumé, and a writing sample. There is no application fee. We do not accept handwritten documents, letters of recommendation, or support materials.
Fellowship Starts: November 27, 2017
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is now accepting applications for the Open City Muslim Communities Fellowship, a unique six-month opportunity for emerging writers of color from communities under attack from Islamophobia to publish narrative nonfiction about Muslim communities in New York City. We see this as a fellowship for writers based in NYC from Middle Eastern and North and East African communities and Muslim writers of color.
For the 2017-2018 Muslim Communities Fellowship, Open City will offer a $2,500 stipend, skill-building workshops, and publishing opportunities to writers to write on the diverse Muslim communities of New York City.
The fellowship session will begin November 27, 2017.
4) are strong, voice-driven storytellers who care about social justice movements and transporting readers to places like Jackson Heights and Astoria in Queens; Bay Ridge and Boerum Hill in Brooklyn; and Mott Haven and Parkchester in The Bronx.
Please note that applicants for the Fellowship need not be Asian American but must be persons of color.
The Open City Muslim Communities Fellowship deadline is October 3, no later than 11:59 pm. The term of the fellowship is six months: from October 24, 2017 through the end of April 2018.
HOW TO APPLY
All applicants must carefully read our FAQ before applying to determine whether or not they are eligible. Open City Muslim Communities Fellowship is open to emerging writers of color from communities under attack from Islamophobia who reside in New York City. To be considered, you must apply through this Submittable form. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us at opencitymag [at] gmail [dot] com.
1. READ OUR FAQ.
2. Get to know Open City.
3. Fill out the application below by 11:59 pm on October 3, 2017. There is no application fee. We do not accept handwritten documents, letters of recommendation, or support materials.
All Open City Muslim Communities Fellowship applicants must submit a project proposal that will pitch and outline the stories they plan to write for Open City over the span of the six-month grant period. Please read the FAQ for more details on how to structure the proposal.
Past Open City Fellows prior to 2016 may apply for the six-month Open City Muslim Communities Fellowships.
The Open City Muslim Communities Fellowship offers a six-month opportunity for emerging writers of color from communities under attack from Islamophobia to publish narrative nonfiction about Muslim communities in New York City. For more info about the Muslim Communities Fellowship, please read the application page for this Fellowship.
- are a strong, voice-driven storyteller who cares about social justice movements and wants to transport readers to places like Flushing, Queens, and Sunset Park, Brooklyn;
- have an entrepreneurial spirit and understand that building a career as a writer includes building a social media presence;
- can demonstrate nonfiction writing experience and a dedication to developing a writing career; and
- are excited about getting your hands dirty in "the field" and cultivating trust and sources in your neighborhood.
- READ OUR FAQ.
- Get to know Open City.
- Fill out the application below and submit by 11:59 pm on October 3, 2017. There is no application fee. We do not accept handwritten documents, letters of recommendation, or support materials.
The Transpacific Literary Project is an ambitious online
editorial initiative of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) that is
poised to foster literary connections between East and Southeast Asia, the
Asian diaspora, and a broader American reading public. The project will take
the shape of a series of portfolios published on AAWW’s online magazine The
Margins. These portfolios will comprise poetry and prose written by East and
Southeast Asian writers curated around broad themes, and will seek to traverse
geographic and other boundaries.
But your eyes are flooded
With the sorrows and joys of antiquity
Bearing the wounds of contentment
Your beautiful gaze possesses a demonic power
That transforms this moment into a memory that can’t be wiped away.
Zhai Yongming, translated by Andrea Lingenfelter
For our next themed portfolio, SIGHT, we explore different ways of seeing. We are taught to trust the evidence of our eyes, but are we fully aware of all the different lenses we are looking through, and how this colors our vision – no gaze is ever neutral, and layers of contested history and imperialism cloud the way we see. As ever, we are open to all genres and forms, and to the broadest possible interpretation of this theme.
Please send us your fiction (including graphic fiction), non-fiction or poetry, indicating whether submission is by the author or translator. If the latter, please indicate that English-language rights are available. We are unlikely to publish anything over 2,500 words, though we will make exceptions for particularly deserving pieces. Work in translation is particularly welcome. We would also like to receive submissions of images, photo essays, and other pieces that do not fit into the genres listed above, but nonetheless might be of interest.
AAWW will hold exclusive print and online rights to your piece for 90 days, and your story will be archived online. All other rights remain with the writer and translator. All contributors of original work (including translators) will be paid. We are also happy to look at ARCs of forthcoming books with a view to publishing extracts. '
Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but we ask that you withdraw the piece promptly if it is accepted somewhere else. If you require more information, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
*One of the aims of The Transpacific Project will be to interrogate the idea of the Transpacific, and where exactly the region might lie. As such, the following list of countries should be regarded as indicative and non-exclusive; broadly, East and South-east Asia consists of: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, North Korea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and their diasporas.
We're looking to publish:
- Essays on recently published works of Asian and Asian American literature as well as critical essays about a single writer's body of work (please note that we do not publish straightforward book reviews)
- Lively essays and cultural commentary written through the lens of race, immigration, and transnationalism
- Reported features profiling writers and artists of interest
- Researched pieces that examine countercultural figures and movements and histories of Asian America
- Creative nonfiction pieces and lyric essays
- Deeply researched "explainers," or articles that help unpack topics or conversations using multiple sources (for example, an intro to queer Asian American literature)
PITCHES ONLY, PLEASE
Examples of nonfiction features and essays we've published in The Margins:
In "Five Boroughs, Seven Killings," Rishi Nath goes in search of the New York City of Marlon James' Booker Prize-winning novel A Brief History of Five Killings.
In "The Limits of Diversity," Jennifer Pan writes on how the feel-good politics of multiculturalism have blinded the literary world to the real roots of racial inequality.
In "The Ghosts They Carried," Kitana Ananda writes about Shyam Selvadurai's latest novel, The Hungry Ghosts, and the violence that haunts the lives of many in post-war Sri Lanka.
In "The Skin I'm In," Naeem Mohaiemen writes about an early lost history of a time of Black-Bengali racial solidarity though Vivek Bald's Bengali Harlem.
Michelle Chen profiles artist Matt Huynh, whose interactive graphic comic adaptation of Nam Le's short story "The Boat" connects to a conversation about refugees today.
In "Fu Manchu and Lao She," Jeffrey Wasserstrom brings together an extraordinary, fictional supervillain with a Chinese writer best known for his tales of ordinary Beijing life.
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.
Have you found the Muslim Ban as maddening, tragic, and absurd as we have? Well, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop is calling for submissions of creative writing that imagine new narratives, concepts, and futures in response to the Muslim Ban. As you may have seen, the Supreme Court’s reinstatement of the Ban restricted nationals of six predominantly Muslim countries and refugees–unless they can prove they’ve got a “bona fide relationship” with the United States. At AAWW, we want to ask what’s a bona fide relationship, anyway?
We’re calling writers to send stories, poems, essays, and interviews that answer this question and engage with the Muslim Ban while also offering creative openings from which to imagine new narratives. What does it mean to have a bona fide relationship to a country? Or to have your bona fide relationship to your family defined by the state? What bona fide relationships do you want to have? While we’re interested in your TSA nightmares, we’re looking for stories that aren’t just reactive but create new counter-narratives. We’re not looking for rants or op-eds, but pieces that may indirectly speak to themes of belonging (or exclusion), identity, and marginalization through this vehicle of examining the Supreme Court’s language. Get as creative as you like–we’re open to work that resides across/between genres, including speculative fiction, journalism, visual art, comics, and stand-up. Priority will be given to writers from Muslim communities and refugee populations, but we welcome submissions from all.
Time is of the essence here. No word minimum or limit. Work will be considered for publication in the BONA FIDE RELATIONSHIPS portfolio on AAWW’s online magazine, The Margins.
Beyond the scope of the travel ban/Supreme Court, we are looking to publish stories, essays, poetry, interviews, and interdisciplinary work by writers from Muslim, Middle Eastern and South Asian communities. Whether you’re an established or emerging voice, please submit your work!