Anthology Open Call

Hello beautiful writers,

I am editing an anthology of Asian and Asian American writing that I would love it if you were part of. You’ll be published alongside amazing writers like Alice Sola Kim, Alexander Chee, Gina Apostol, and Jennifer Tseng. (I’m getting happy just thinking about it.) Details below:opencalljpegs.jpgopencalljpegs2.jpg


34 comments on “Anthology Open Call

  1. Hi there,

    I’m very interested in submitting. Just wanted to clarify: if I submit a long prose piece, does that mean I can’t submit 5 poems or 3 under 500 word limit prose pieces? I guess I want to be clear on the “or.”

    • It is either one long peice or one to three short ones. Is that clearer? I look forward to reading your work!

      • Yes, I think so–just one or the other, but not both. (Sorry, something my social psych professor said from undergrad stuck with me concerning the subjective exclusivity implied with “or” but I digress.) Thank you.

  2. Is it a requirement that the piece address the theme of “home” explicitly, or can it be more of an abstract application of an idea of home? For example, if an essay addresses identity and racism, and the process of a coming home to self, but doesn’t actually reference that idea of home specifically within it.

  3. Hi there,
    I’m also interested in submitting a prose piece. Do you accept simultaneous submissions?

  4. Hi there,

    I have a prose ready to submit, just wondering about the bio part: how clear and informative does it need to be? If I only mention what I’m working on, say, my PhD program, without letting know where it is, is it acceptable?

    • Please send us any info you feel we should know as we approach your work. Educational info can be as detailed or not as you like. You can tell us your favorite meal or nightmare too. We’re most interested in what is important to you.

  5. Hi there, quick question: What should be included in the short bio? If I don’t want to be specific about where I pursue my higher education or my work place, etc, is it possible to just write what I do without the specific informations? Thank you!

  6. cheesecakepress

    I’m very interested in submitting to this; however, I am Asian Canadian (not Asian American). Would this still be acceptable, or will this anthology mainly focus on Asian American writing? Thank you!

  7. Hi, I’m so excited for this anthology! Will it be published in print or online or both? Due to some sensitivity in my material, I may choose to submit a different piece depending on whether or not it will be able to be found online. Thank you!

  8. Hi, a quick question: Does Australian count as Asian for this anthology? Thankyou.

    • Hi,
      For the purposes of this anthology the country of Australia will be treated as part of Oceania. However, those identifying as Asian-Australian would be welcome to submit. (This is not from any disinterest in the stories of those hailing from Australia who don’t claim a connection to continental Asia, but it is just the mission of this particular anthology to highlight East, South, and Central Asian writers.) I hope this answer is helpful.

  9. Carlina D.

    Hello! I’m wondering if it’s acceptable to submit to both categories (poetry + prose), or simply just one?


    • We advise you send us your strongest work in whatever genre that is. However, if you feel very compelled to send us both send us both.
      I’m looking forward to reading!

  10. Kitty H.

    When you say “prose”, would a nonfiction essay count? Or do you want short stories? Thanks!

  11. This is probably a newbie question, but when you say “prose”, do nonfiction essays count too? Or do you only want short stories? And also, since this anthology is being published by the Feminist Press does it have to incorporate feminism too?Thanks!

    • Nonfiction essays are welcomed. We welcome submissions that align with our feminist goals and beliefs, but no they do not have to be explicitly about feminism. “

  12. You mention the anthology will be highlighting “East, South, and Central Asian writers.” I’m Southeast Asian based in NYC. May I submit?

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  14. Chroeup

    Hi Rowan, when should we expect to hear back from you regarding our submissions?

    • We are notifying acceptances at the end of August. As we received over 450 submissions and are trying to give everyone a fair read, we ask that you be patient. Thank you so much.

  15. Hi there! Were acceptances sent at the end of August? No hurt feelings if they were! On the Submittable dashboard my entry still says “In-Progress” so I just wanted to check and see if it’s taking a bit longer than expected (which is totally understandable) or if I should potentially look to submit my piece elsewhere.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Emily,
      I’m so sorry for the wait. We received far more high-quality, thoughtful, and well written pieces than we had even anticipated. Although this was an honor it meant we had to completely rework the reading process and it has taken much longer than we had hoped. We should be announcing very, very, soon. I’m sorry for the delay. x Rowan

  16. Will a second anthology be published? If so, when is the deadline for submissions?

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