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 on November 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT we are closing Flash Fiction submissions to The Margins to give our editors a short break. But don't fret—we will reopen submissions in the Spring of 2021.

AAWW Books Essays and Interviews Submissions open now - 

The Margins is now accepting submissions and pitches in the following categories: author interviews and features; critical books essays; and essays on writing craft. Pay ranges from $150 to $300 depending on length and type of piece.

Please read The Margins to familiarize yourself with the type of work we publish in the magazine. Pitches should be 500 words or under.

We cover literary work in all genres, including but not limited to poetry, fiction, experimental and hybrid-genre, creative non-fiction, academic work, and translations. 

You can view a list of 2021 titles we are interested in covering at this link, but feel free to send submissions and pitches for books not included here. We aim to publish interviews, critical books essays, and craft essays related to books published from Fall 2020 onward.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, our response time is four to six weeks. All accepted pieces will undergo a collaborative editing process that may take up to one month, and involve multiple rounds of edits.

Author Interviews and Features

We’re looking for conversations with authors with upcoming or recently published books. We’re also interested in pitches for features and profiles that cover an author’s body of work and that include elements of reporting. We accept both pitches and completed conversations and features.


An Expelled Tongue: A Conversation with Don Mee Choi by Emily Yoon

Woman Warrior for the 21st Century: A Conversation with K-Ming Chang by Jennifer Tseng

Unsettling the Nation from the Land: A Conversation with Manu Karuka

The Refugees Continued Journey: A Feature on Porochista Khakpour by Wendy Lee

Critical Books Essays

Send us completed critical essays on upcoming or recently published books, or essays on previously published books that are tied to a timely issue. We don’t publish reviews, and are instead looking for essays that place a text in a larger historical, political, or cultural context; essays that place two books in conversation with one another; or essays that place a book in conversation with another work of art. We are open to essays that combine memoir and criticism. Essays should be no longer than 3,000 words.


The Border Against Belonging by Asa Pimentel

The Ghosts They Carried by Kitana Ananda

Theory of the Gimmick and Why I Feel Bad About Politics on the Internet by Isla Ng

Being Watched by Adnan Khan

Essays on Craft

We’re accepting completed essays from authors with upcoming or recently published books on writing craft or on the historical, political, and literary context in which their work sits. Essays should be no longer than 2,000 words.


Let Us Today Enter the Bazaar in Shackles by Adeeba Shahid Talukder

Monsters Made, Not Begotten by Tiffany Tsao

The Unreliable Truth by Larissa Pham

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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