We've got a bit of a split personality, so we want both fun and serious writing. As long as it's well written and solidly reported, we're very open. Bonus points if the story takes place in the South or Midwest. Asian America doesn't exist only on the coasts, you know.

We are interested in issues that affect Asian Americans, but, please, no Asian American Studies 101. We are also interested in tangentially Asian American stories, in quirky stories, and in stories about emerging artists rather than established ones.

We're looking for writers who can depart from the predictable daily-news structure and tell a story well, with keen observations and strict accuracy. We welcome investigative reporting as well as literary journalism, thoughtful pieces as well as tongue-in-cheek ones. Craft proposals for articles that would interest our readers, provoke dialogue and enrich our readers' learning experiences. Articles must be jargon-free and attributable to unassailable sources. We frown upon clichés and embrace original thinking. We prefer articles rich in color and driven by narrative scenes.

Keep in mind that Hyphen readers range in age from early 20s to mid-30s, but they share an intellectual curiosity that was fused and fueled by their experiences as Asian Americans. This restless curiosity fundamentally shapes our consideration of articles for Hyphen.

Hyphen is an all volunteer run organization and we have very limited funds to pay contributors. These funds mostly go towards long form investigative journalism. 

We don't have many rules, but here are a few. Ignore them, and your submission will be rejected:

  • Do not send ideas about people and events in Asia unless they convey something about the Asian diaspora that resonates with the Asian American experience.
  • Absolutely no reprints, though substantially revised or expanded stories will be considered. This means don't send us something that has already been published elsewhere.
  • Do not pitch us a story about a conference. There is nothing more boring than a story about a conference.
  • Don't send us anything that uses the phrase "East meets West." Just don't.

We are looking for completed articles and pitches related to business and technology.

For all submissions, please provide a brief biography including previous writing-related experiences and relevant publications.

For pitches, please provide a two-page proposal that includes the following:
  • An overview of the central message of the article you propose. Preferably three or four paragraphs — preferably anecdotal — that introduce us to your point of view.
  • Declare what is new, innovative, useful, counterintuitive, or controversial about the topic.
  • What are the implications both in the near and long term for Asian Americans and others?
  • Why are you proposing the article? How did you happen upon the topic?
  • How did you go about researching the topic? What further research must you do? Describe your sources or other connections.
  • How long do you propose the article will be?
  • What makes you uniquely qualified to write this article?
If you are submitting a pitch, you must also include three clips of previous work.


Hyphen is devoted to providing a venue for emerging and established creative writers who dare to defy and reinvent traditional genres and subject matter. We're seeking fresh voices and courageous perspectives, creative non-fiction and personal essays that explore new pyschic landscapes, driven by language, humor, character and extraordinary details about the Asian American experience.

  • Send only your best, previously unpublished work. Asian American themes are not essential. We are much more interested in work that incorporates identity than in work that is solely about identity.
  • Please use 1" margins, 12-pt Times New Roman font.
  • Essays should be no longer than 5,000 words.
  • Simultaneous submissions (when you send the same submission to us and other publications) are okay as long as you let us know and notify us immediately when a piece has been accepted elsewhere. 
  • Multiple submissions are not okay (when you send more than one submission to us in the same genre). If you send more than one piece, only the first piece will be considered; the others will not be read. Please wait to hear back before submitting again.
  • Submitting to more than one genre at a time is okay (but please send them separately to the appropriate category).

Please note:
  • Non-fiction features alternate between original essays and memoir excerpts. Those looking to have their forthcoming books excerpted should have their publicist contact the Creative Non-Fiction Editor.
  • Submissions are considered on a rolling basis, and is dependent upon space availability.
  • Reading period can be up to six months. If you have not heard back after six months, feel free to contact the editor.
  • All literature published on the web will also be featured in that month's Hyphen Reader, our literature recommendations email. Sign-up for The Hyphen Reader here.
  • Please note we cannot pay for work at this time.

Please send your culture related pitches or completed pieces here. We are looking for everything from interviews with artists to reviews on books and films to coverage on emerging cultural trends. Please note, these should be journalistic articles, not personal essays. For personal essays, please submit to the creative non-fiction department.

For all submissions, please provide a brief biography including previous writing-related experiences and relevant publications. Please also note which department your pitch falls under.

For pitches, please provide a two-page proposal that includes the following:
  • An overview of the central message of the article you propose. Preferably three or four paragraphs — preferably anecdotal — that introduce us to your point of view.
  • Declare what is new, innovative, useful, counterintuitive, or controversial about the topic.
  • What are the implications both in the near and long term for Asian Americans and others?
  • Why are you proposing the article? How did you happen upon the topic?
  • How did you go about researching the topic? What further research must you do? Describe your sources or other connections.
  • How long do you propose the article will be?
  • What makes you uniquely qualified to write this article?
If you are submitting a pitch, you must also include three clips of previous work.

Please note this is NOT the place to submit original artwork or works of literature. This is for pitches to cover these categories ONLY.



Please apply to each genre separately (ie: do not send a piece of fiction and several poems in the same submission).

FOR FICTION:

We publish literary fiction of all forms, including stories that blur "genre" lines (literary sci-fi, noir fiction with a strong voice, for example). We generally do not accept novel excerpts unless they stand alone. Asian American themes are not essential though certainly welcome; strong writing and unique voice are considered first and foremost.

  • Send only your best, previously unpublished work. Asian American themes are not essential. We are much more interested in work that incorporates identity than in work that is about identity.
  • Please use 1" margins, 12-pt Times New Roman font.
  • Short stories should be no longer than 5,000 words. A series of short shorts (flash fiction) totaling no more than 5,000 words will also be considered (though not all stories may be taken). 
  • Simultaneous submissions (when you send the same submission to us and other publications) are okay as long as you let us know and notify us immediately when a piece has been accepted elsewhere. 
  • Multiple submissions are not okay (when you send more than one submission to us in the same genre). If you send more than one story, only the first story will be considered; the others will not be read. Please wait to hear back before submitting again.
  • Submitting to more than one genre at a time is okay (but please send them separately to the appropriate email addresses).

Please note:
  • Fiction features alternate between original short stories and novel excerpts. Those looking to have their forthcoming novels excerpted should have their publicist contact the Senior Literature Editor.
  • Submissions are considered on a rolling basis, and is dependent upon space availability.
  • Reading period can be up to six months. If you have not heard back after six months, feel free to contact the editor.
  • All literature published on the web will also be featured in that month's Hyphen Reader, our literature recommendations email. Sign-up for The Hyphen Reader here.
  • Please note we cannot pay for work at this time.


FOR POETRY:

Narrative, experimental, lyrical or prose poetry, free verse, eastern or western poetic forms, or works meant as spoken word are all welcome as poetry. We tend to prefer poems that take risks and/or surprise us, but due consideration will be given to all submissions. We expect to see a poet’s best demonstrations of craft, and poems need not be about Asian American themes.

  • Send only your best, previously unpublished work. Asian American themes are not essential. We are much more interested in work that incorporates identity than in work that is about identity.
  • Send 5-6 poems per submission in a single document.
  • Simultaneous submissions (when you send the same submission to us and other publications) are okay as long as you let us know and notify us immediately when a piece has been accepted elsewhere. 
  • Multiple submissions are not okay (when you send more than one submission to us in the same genre). If you send more than six poems, only the six poems will be considered; the others will not be read. Please wait to hear back before submitting again.
  • Submitting to more than one genre at a time is okay (but please send them separately to the appropriate email addresses).
Please note:
  • Poetry features are published monthly. 1-3 poems by a single poet will be published each month, though exceptions are possible.
  • Submissions are considered on a rolling basis, and is dependent upon space availability.
  • Reading period can be up to six months. If you have not heard back after six months, feel free to contact the editor.
  • All literature published on the web will also be featured in that month's Hyphen Reader, our literature recommendations email. Sign-up for The Hyphen Reader here.
  • Please note we cannot pay for work at this time.

We are looking for timely pitches and full articles around current events, political news, as well as both short-term and long-lead social justice concerns. Please note, these should be journalistic and editorial articles, not personal essays. For personal essays, please submit to the creative non-fiction department.

For all submissions, please provide a brief biography including previous writing-related experiences and relevant publications.

For pitches, please provide a two-page proposal that includes the following:
  • An overview of the central message of the article you propose. Preferably three or four paragraphs — preferably anecdotal — that introduce us to your point of view.
  • Declare what is new, innovative, useful, counterintuitive, or controversial about the topic.
  • What are the implications both in the near and long term for Asian Americans and others?
  • Why are you proposing the article? How did you happen upon the topic?
  • How did you go about researching the topic? What further research must you do? Describe your sources or other connections.
  • How long do you propose the article will be?
  • What makes you uniquely qualified to write this article?
If you are submitting a pitch, you must also include three clips of previous work.