Southeast Asian American Writing Opportunities: Fall, 2017

If you’re a writer with roots in the Southeast Asian diaspora, some of these journals will be of interest for you to submit work to in the next few months.

MAI, Volume 3: MAI Volume 03 will focus on images: photography, illustration, comics, or other forms of arts in photographs depicting the lives and roots of Southeast Asian America. Deadline: September 08, 2017. This volume is possible with funding by a grant from the University of California Critical Refugee Studies Collective. If you would like to read MAI 1 and 2, see issuu.com/maivzine

Rambutan Literary #5: Rambutan Literary is seeking submissions for its 5th issue. Southeast Asian writers from diaspora to mainland, send them your best creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for Issue Five of Rambutan Literary! Send work for consideration here: http://rambutanliterary.com/submit/

Perfume River Poetry Review 6: Based in San Jose, and founded by a Vietnamese American editor in 2012, they only publish one issue a year. the deadline this year is December 31st. For their sixth issue, Perfume River Poetry Review seeks to celebrate and sing about childhood. They are looking for poems that explore the wonders and joys of childhood. Tell them your childhood stories: What kind of child were you or are you still? How large and wondrously strange did the world seem to you? Tell them about your smallness and your fears and what you lost when you grew up. Send 3-5 poems related to their childhood theme issue. Poems that are not relevant to the theme will not be accepted. Mailed submissions only. They are not open to email submissions at this point: https://touranepoetrypress.wordpress.com/…

Sonic Boom: Sonic Boom is based in India with a set of somewhat narrow reading windows. October 1st to November 1st is the next one coming up. They are a literary & arts journal that seeks both solicited and unsolicited experimental poetry, flash fiction, and visual art submissions tri-annually. They hope to integrate multifarious genres of literature and artwork including Japanese short-forms of poetry, avant-garde, conceptual, and postmodern works of culture and art. http://sonicboomjournal.wixsite.com/…

Kartika Review 19: Kartika Review publishes creative writing from Asian Pacific Islander American perspectives and creative writing that engages with Asian Pacific Islander Americans in thoughtful ways to challenge Orientalism, Yellow Peril, racism, xenophobia, American Empire, colonialism, and other forms of oppression. You can submit work to them at: http://www.kartikareview.com/18/sub…

The Asian American Literary Review: The Asian American Literary Review is a space for writers who consider the designation “Asian American” a fruitful starting point for artistic vision and community. In showcasing the work of established and emerging writers, the journal aims to incubate dialogues and, just as importantly, open those dialogues to regional, national, and international audiences of all constituencies. They select work that is, as Marianne Moore once put it, “an expression of our needs…[and] feeling, modified by the writer’s moral and technical insights.” Published biannually, AALR features fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, translations, comic art, interviews, and book reviews. http://aalr.binghamton.edu/get-invo…

The Missing Slate 15: The Missing Slate is a non-profit art and literary journal created with intent to uphold free speech irrespective of geography, political, or religious affiliations. Their goal is simple: to honour talent and incorporate as many styles, opinions, and cultures as possible. The magazine is a “borderless” one with a culturally and intellectually diverse team that believes art is too inclusive to be mapped. http://themissingslate.com/submit-w…

Mithila Review 9: Mithila Review is an international science fiction and fantasy magazine founded in late 2015. They publish literary speculative fiction and poetry (science fiction/fantasy), film and book reviews, essays and interviews from across the world. A hypertext of original narratives and home of the translated from around the globe, Mithila Review is also an inquiry into the process of translating and the craft of storytelling. http://mithilareview.com/submission…

Lantern Review 7: Technically speaking, Lantern Review is still closed to submissions but a recent post makes me feel you should “Watch This Space” for updates. http://www.lanternreview.com/submis…

Cha: An Asian Literary Journal: Now celebrating their 10th year, and based in Hong Kong Cha is always receptive to new and interesting work, including pieces from members in our community. Recommended. Submission guidelines at: http://www.asiancha.com/content/vie…

Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement: It’s been a little while but they do still accept creative work in addition to scholarly writing. http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/jsaaea/s…

Little Laos on the Prairie: Little Laos on the Prairie is an online storytelling publication driven by a team of Lao American writers committed to sharing the journeys, cultures, and livelihoods of the Lao Diaspora experience. Through LLOTP’s simplified and creative platform, they aim to make space for our stories to be accessible, increase visibility of our culturally-specific issues, and empower Lao Diaspora communities across the globe to take ownership of their diverse voices. http://littlelaosontheprairie.org/t…

Mekong Review: Mekong Review is a quarterly literary journal publishing fiction, essays, reviews and poetry from and about Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Mekong Review was launched at the Kampot Writers and Readers Festival in Cambodia in November 2015. Their ambition was to publish a magazine that would bring the region’s literary and intellectual life to a broader audience. Today it’s available in bookshops and cafes in major cities in mainland Southeast Asia and Australia. https://mekongreview.com/contact to send work for consideration.

Hyphen: Hyphen is a news and culture magazine, media outlet and community partner, that illuminates Asian America through hard-hitting investigative features on the cultural and political trends shaping the fastest-growing ethnic population in the country. https://hyphenmagazine.com/submissi…

Eastlit 51: Eastlit recently finished its 50th issue. Eastlit “aims at encouraging the writing and reading of Asian poetry, Asian fiction, Asian non-fiction and Asian artwork.” They “recognize the importance of this emerging region, and also the move to improve English throughout it.” They hope to be a small part of this change. I would recommend carefully reading other issues to see if it or their editorial philosophies are a good fit for you, but they are an option to consider.https://www.eastlit.com/submissions…

Asia Literary Review: The Asia Literary Review publishes excellent writing from, about and related to Asia. They specialise in literary fiction and non-fiction, reportage, memoir, travel writing, poetry and photographic essays. They publish occasional book reviews on their website and invite submissions of completed reviews for inclusion in advance of a book’s publication date. All submissions must be original and not previously published online or in print. Prose submissions should be a minimum of 3,600 words and may extend to 8,000 words. Shorter pieces will be considered, particularly for Web publication. The ALR does not publish academic work or travel writing without a narrative focus. Excerpts and adaptations from longer works should stand alone, complete in their own right. http://www.asialiteraryreview.com/s…

Ricepaper: Ricepaper offers Asian Canadian context to ongoing arts and cultural issues, new perspectives on emerging and established Asian Canadian artists, challenges to the mainstream media perspective, little-known facts of interest, or a critical story that hasn’t been told elsewhere. Avoid a pedantic writing style, bookish vocabulary, angst-ridden themes and excessively scholastic reasoning. Asian writers of all cultural backgrounds are encouraged to submit non-fiction articles, stories, poems, and profiles relatable to Asian Canadians, many of whom are global citizens with ties to other parts of the world. They focus on showcasing creative writing by Asian Canadians and material containing diverse characters, stories and/or themes pertinent to the broad Asian Canadian population. That said, they are open to accepting submissions from Asian writers around the globe so long as they can see a link between the content and an aspect of the Asian Canadian experience. Full details at: https://ricepapermagazine.ca/submis…

Quarterly Literary Review Singapore Vol 16. No 4: QLRS (in full, the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore) is the Internet literary journal of Singapore. Their mission is to promote the literary arts in Singapore, to stimulate the feedback mechanisms in the literary scene, and to develop Singaporean writers to international standards. Their standards are therefore high, and their paradigms are the TLSes and LRBs of this world. They believe that good writing can and will emerge in Singapore, and they aim to aid that process by applying rigorous critical and editorial criteria. http://www.qlrs.com/submissions.asp

Of course, I would also always turn you towards NewPages.com and their current calls for submissions https://www.newpages.com/classified… which tend to be very fresh and current in regards to opportunities for writers and artists to share their work. Let me know if there are any others you feel are particularly open to Southeast Asian writers in diaspora that are not included here.

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