The Margins, AAWW's arts and ideas magazine, is now accepting pitches for nonfiction features and essays. We have published 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and Asian American literature as well as critical essays about a single writer's body of work (please note that we do not publish straightforward book reviews)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)


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

In "Five Boroughs, Seven Killings," Rishi Nath goes in search of the New York City of Marlon James' Booker Prize-winning novel A Brief History of Five Killings.

In "The Limits of Diversity," Jennifer Pan writes on how the feel-good politics of multiculturalism have blinded the literary world to the real roots of racial inequality. 

In "The Ghosts They Carried," Kitana Ananda writes about Shyam Selvadurai's latest novel, The Hungry Ghosts, and the violence that haunts the lives of many in post-war Sri Lanka.

In "The Skin I'm In," Naeem Mohaiemen writes about an early lost history of a time of Black-Bengali racial solidarity though Vivek Bald's Bengali Harlem.

Michelle Chen profiles artist Matt Huynh, whose interactive graphic comic adaptation of Nam Le's short story "The Boat" connects to a conversation about refugees today.

In "Fu Manchu and Lao She," Jeffrey Wasserstrom brings together an extraordinary, fictional supervillain with a Chinese writer best known for his tales of ordinary Beijing life.

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