The Transpacific Literary Project is an
ambitious online editorial initiative of the Asian American Writers’
Workshop (AAWW) that is poised to foster literary connections between
East and Southeast Asia, the Asian diaspora, and a broader American
reading public. The project will take the shape of a series of
portfolios published on AAWW’s online magazine The Margins.
These portfolios will comprise poetry and prose written by East and
Southeast Asian writers curated around broad themes, and will seek to
traverse geographic and other boundaries.
We are currently seeking submissions
for our first two portfolios:
When something or someone is gone, what
gets left behind? Anything from the remnants of fallen empires or
colonialism, to indelible marks from people, ideas or movements long
Many parts of Asia are palimpsests, with layers of history inscribed
and re-inscribed upon them. In what surprising or hidden ways do we
see these traces of the long departed? We are open to any
interpretation of this theme, from photo essays showing how the
Boxing Day tsunami permanently altered the landscape, to speculative
fiction imagining what might be left of present-day cultures a
thousand years hence.
What are the flows of money across the
world, and what do they mean? The ways in which we send and receive
cash, as well as the movement of people, goods and ideas that this
Again, this theme should be interpreted broadly—we are keen to
explore remittance as metaphor alongside more literal applications of
the word. Could phenomena such as the American colleges establishing
branch campuses in Asia, or the Chinese ritual of burning paper goods
for the dead, be regarded as forms of remittance?
Please send in fiction (including
graphic fiction), non-fiction or poetry, indicating which theme you
are submitting for, and whether submission is by the author or
translator. If the latter, please indicate that English-language
rights are available. We are unlikely to publish anything over 2,500
words, though we will make exceptions for particularly deserving
pieces. Submissions should not have been previously published in
Do note that we expect most of the work
published in the Transpacific Literary Project will be in
translation. That said, we will also consider English-language work
by writers from, or with a demonstrable engagement with, East or
AAWW will hold exclusive print and
online rights to your piece for 90 days, and your story will be
archived online. All other rights remain with the writer and
All contributors of original work
(including translators) will be paid.
We are also happy to look at ARCs of
forthcoming books with a view to publishing extracts.
Please only submit one piece at a time
for each portfolio (ie. you may submit two pieces during the same
period, if they are for different themes). Simultaneous submissions
are welcome, but we ask that you withdraw the piece promptly if it is
accepted somewhere else.
If you require more information, please
get in touch with email@example.com
*One of the aims of The Transpacific
Project will be to interrogate the idea of the Transpacific, and
where exactly the region might lie. As such, the following list of
countries should be regarded as indicative and non-exclusive;
broadly, East and South-east Asia consists of : Brunei, Burma,
Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos,
Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, North Korea, Philippines, Singapore, South
Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and their diasporas.