Every other Friday, we publish original works of short fiction by emerging and established Asian American writers in the Margins. We accept submissions for our Fiction Friday feature. Please allow at least five weeks for a response. Please one submission at a time, no multiple submissions. Stories should be 4,000 words or less. We allow simultaneous submissions, so long as you notify our editors if and when your piece has been accepted elsewhere.

We’re looking for fiction that:

  • Is written for the Asian American community and inhabits the space of Asian America
  • Describes rather than explains what it’s like to inhabit this space
  • Is intersectional: feminist, queer, transnational, decolonizing
  • Feels urgent and necessary
  • Is messy in all the right ways
  • Defies categorization
  • Celebrates difference and unpredictability

We don’t want:

  • Writing that stultifies the reader with stereotypes, stock characters, clichés
  • Moralistic, one-dimensional stories that conform to conventions
  • To be bored
  • Writing that makes us suspect it of ulterior motives
  • Writing that polices, shuts things down, dehumanizes
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