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!

How do we create work that is deeply personal but is intended to be political? Join us for a unique poetry intensive with powerhouse, world-renowned LGBTQ poet and spoken-word artist Staceyann Chin.

Saturday March 21st, 1 session, 3 hours (11AM-2PM)
Tuition: $100-$200 Sliding Scale

There is an application process for this workshop. Please submit 3 poems & a paragraph about why you would like to take this workshop. 

***The deadline to apply for this workshop is February 28th, 11:59PM. This is a workshop for adult poets of color.

STACEYANN CHIN is a poet, actor, and performing artist. She is the author of the new poetry collection Crossfire: A Litany For Survival the critically acclaimed memoir The Other Side of Paradise cowriter and original performer in the Tony Award-winning Def Poetry Jam on Broadway and author of the one-woman shows Hands Afire Unspeakable Things, Border/Clash, and MotherStruck. She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and 60 Minutes, and her poetry has been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post. She proudly identifies as Caribbean, Black, Asian, lesbian, a woman, and a resident of New York City, as well as a Jamaican national.

This event is part of national Poetry Coalition programming and is supported by the Academy of American Poets with funds from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Asian American Writers' Workshop will be accepting pitches for Fall 2020 public events & workshops until 11:59PM, April 13.

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

For events:

  • Event Description
  • Headshots & bios for featured artists/writers
  • Preferred dates

For workshops:

  • Workshop description including concrete takeaways
  • Headshot & bio for instructor
  • Preference for class size & level


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)

Guidelines:

  • 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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