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  • Send only your best, previously unpublished work.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).

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.