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 award-winning magazine of arts and ideas dedicated to charting the rise of the Asian American creative class through essays, interviews, and creative writing.

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!


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In 2025, we are excited to once again publish stories in our Flash Fiction series, featuring emerging and established Asian, Asian American, and Asian diasporic writers. The series has been on hiatus for the past six months—a time for us to plant the seeds for future creativity, to let the garden lie fallow and rejuvenate its soil.

We are accepting submissions to the series from June 10, 2024, to July 22, 2024 (11:59 PM EST). We plan to notify writers in November 2024 and publish accepted stories in 2025.

We are only accepting submissions from writers who have not already been published in the series.


 

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Some of the most fascinating and experimental writing exists as short, finished pieces, like rare blooms in a kaleidoscopic garden. Gardens—like flash fiction—can be enchanting, lush, serene, exuberant, idyllic, rustic, meticulous, overgrown, fragrant, wild. 

We’re looking for:

  • Short fiction that luxuriates in capaciousness and bursts with urgency
  • Forms that subvert what “flash fiction” means
  • Memorable characters and moments that appear in brevity but linger long afterward
  • Writing that embraces humor, sensuality, irreverence, and audacity
  • Work that interrogates the zeitgeist, evokes history, and imagines bold futures


 

Guidelines:

  • Submit up to two pieces of flash fiction between 500 and 1,000 words in length. Include both stories in the same file.
  • We do not accept work that has been previously published elsewhere.
  • Submissions are only open to writers who have not already published work in the Flash Fiction series.
  • Title your submission with the title(s) of your stories separated by semicolons.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. However, notify us immediately via Submittable if a piece has been accepted elsewhere. If you need to withdraw one piece and leave the other, please specify which in your message.
  • If you make an error in your submission document, withdraw your submission and re-submit according to the guidelines.

Send us your best work. As we often think of flash as the length of a campfire story, we recommend reading your draft aloud to listen to the language as you revise your submission.

We welcome submissions from Asian and Asian diasporic writers, including those that identify as South, Southeast, East, North, and Central Asian; SWANA; Pacific Islander; and Indo-Caribbean.

Authors whose flash is accepted for publication will receive a writer fee of $150.

We invite you to read an essay by the series editor and works from the series (here and here) to have an idea of what we’ve published so far. We’re also looking to be surprised. We can’t wait to read your flash!


 

Swati Khurana, Editor

Yi Wei, Assistant Editor


 

Asian American Writers' Workshop