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 award-winning magazine of arts and ideas dedicated to charting the rise of the Asian American creative class through essays, interviews, and creative writing.

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!


APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 18, 2021 by 11:59 PM ET
FELLOWSHIP STARTS: January 3, 2022

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is now accepting applications for the 2022 Open City Fellowship.


The Open City Fellowship is a unique opportunity for emerging Asian diasporic, Muslim, and Arab writers to publish narrative nonfiction on the vibrant East Asian, South and Southeast Asian, Arab and West Asian, and North and East African communities of New York City. 


The Open City Neighborhood and Muslim Communities Fellowships are unique, nine-month opportunities for emerging Asian and Muslim writers to write about how Asian American and Muslim American lives are being lived in New York City. It is open to writers who are based in New York City, or who can claim residency in the city but temporarily relocated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Fellowship includes a $2,500 grant, skill-building workshops, and publishing opportunities in The Margins, the Asian American Writers' Workshop's award-winning digital magazine.


The 2022 Fellowship term will begin in January 2022 and will end in September 2022. The deadline for submission is Monday, October 18, 2021.


We are looking for writers eager to get their feet wet and their hands dirty covering New York City neighborhoods and writing about social justice issues – racial, class and gender equality. Each Fellow must adopt a specific neighborhood or community and a specific theme (i.e. mental health, COVID-19 issues, LGBTQ, gentrification, etc.) and write stories along these intertwined geographical/cultural and thematic beats.


Open City is one of the projects of The Margins, the online publication of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. It documents the pulse of metropolitan Asian America and Muslim America as it’s being lived on the streets of New York City right now. We’re looking for writers to create deft, engaging narratives that bring the face, name, place, and heart of the community to issues like gentrification, immigration, Islamophobia, community policing, and racial and gender discrimination.


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. The Margins is the recipient of a Whiting Literary Magazine award and our stories have been linked to by the Wall Street Journal, The New Inquiry, Literary Hub, and the New York Times


Previous Open City Fellows have gone on to write and report for MSNBC, Granta, Al Jazeera America, the American Prospect, and Slate, among other outlets. Their works during their time as Fellows have been picked up by NPR, The Atlantic Cities, and the New York Times.


Apply for the Open City Fellowship if you:
• Are a strong, voice-driven storyteller who cares about social justice movements and wants to transport readers to places like Flushing, Jackson Heights and Astoria in Queens; Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, and Boerum Hill in Brooklyn; and Mott Haven and Parkchester in The Bronx;
• Are willing to spend time reporting on NYC’s Asian and Muslim neighborhoods, are excited to cultivate trust and sources in your neighborhood, and raring to talk to people about their lives, hopes, and fears;
• Understand the urgency in writing stories that depict how it is to be an Asian, a Muslim, and an immigrant in today’s America;
• Have an entrepreneurial spirit and understand that building a career as a writer includes building a social media presence; and
• Can demonstrate nonfiction writing experience and a dedication to developing a writing career.


For more info about the Open City Fellowship, please click this link


TIMELINE
The Fellowship’s duration is nine months, starting in January 2022 and ending in September 2022. Fellows will be selected and notified in December 2021.


HOW TO APPLY
All applicants must carefully read our FAQ before applying to determine whether they are eligible. 

This Fellowship is open to writers who are based in New York City, or can claim residency in the city but  temporarily relocated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


To be considered, please apply via Submittable. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us at fellowships@aaww.org.


• Read our FAQ.
• Fill out the application form and submit by 11:59 PM ET on October 18, 2021.


There is no application fee. We do not accept handwritten documents, letters of recommendation, or support materials.


All Open City Fellowship applicants must submit story proposals that comprise pitches and outlines of the stories they plan to write for Open City over the span of the nine-month Fellowship period. Please read the FAQ for more details on how to structure your proposal.


Current Fellows may apply for a second round of Fellowship funding if they have completed all the requirements of their current Fellowship. Fellows will need to wait a year after their second Fellowship to apply again. Past Open City Fellows prior to 2020 may apply for the 2022 Open City Fellowships.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 18, 2021 by 11:59 PM ET
FELLOWSHIP STARTS: January 3, 2022

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is now accepting applications for the 2022 Margins Fellowship. Four emerging Asian American, Muslim, and Arab writers of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction based in New York City will receive $5,000, residency time at Millay Arts, mentorship, access to the AAWW writing space, and publication opportunities in our online magazine, The Margins. We see this as a chance to support Asian diasporic writers, including South and Southeast Asian diasporic writers, Arab and West Asian writers, 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. We are the recipient of a Whiting Literary Magazine award and our stories have been linked to by the Wall Street Journal, The New Inquiry, Literary Hub, and the New York Times.  


We strongly encourage all applicants to 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 reside in New York City. Fellowship applicants may not be enrolled in any academic, conservatory, college, or degree granting training program during the fellowship term. To be considered you must apply through this Submittable form. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us at fellowships@aaww.org.


TIMELINE

The Margins Fellowship deadline is Monday, October 18, by 11:59 PM ET. The term of the fellowship is one year, from January to December 2022. Fellows will be selected and notified in December 2021.  


HOW TO APPLY

1. READ OUR FAQ.

2. Get to know our magazine.

3. Fill out the application form below by 11:59 PM ET on October 18, 2021. 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.

Asian American Writers' Workshop