The Margins, AAWW's arts and ideas magazine, is now accepting creative nonfiction, cultural criticism, and essay submissions. We have published creative nonfiction, essays, and features by writers including Matthew Salesses, Hua Hsu,  V.V. Ganeshananthan, Chaitali Sen, Alex Jung, Oliver Wang, Scott Kurashige, Annie Paul, Sejal Shah, Jennifer Pan, and Thuy Linh Tu.

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and Asian American literature as well as critical essays about a single writer's body of work (please note that we do not publish straightforward book reviews)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)


Be sure to include a short biography (maximum 60 words) in your cover letter. Please double-space all submissions and limit them to approximately 5,000 words. We accept simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere. Writers whose pieces are accepted for publication will receive compensation.

If you have a pitch, get in touch with one of our editors:

Jyothi Natarajan, Editorial Director: jnatarajan [at] aaww [dot] org

Yasmin Majeed, Assistant Editor: ymajeed [at] aaww [dot] org

Examples of nonfiction features and essays we've published in The Margins:

In "Wounded Elders: Racial Identity and Reviewing," Paisley Rekdal responds to the limiting, violent ways poets of color are read and reviewed by white critics. 

In "Sugar on the Gash," Divya Victor writes about the colonial wounds of the English language, and how writing poetry is an act of decolonization. 

In "Sadakichi Hartmann, a “Missing Link” of American Poetry" Floyd Cheung uncovers the forgotten influence of a Japanese American poet on Modernist poetry.

Sukjong Hong writes about Don Mee Choi's Hardly War, and what gets lost in translation in the myth of American benevolence during the Korean War.

In "On Vincent Chin and the Kind of Men You Send to Jail," Mark Tseng-Putterman reconsiders the legacy of Vincent Chin's murder and the Asian American movement.

Rajiv Mohabir shares why he will never celebrate Indian Arrival Day, and the violent history of indentured labor in the Caribbean.