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 for our creative nonfiction section, with a focus on personal essays and works of memoir about the Asian American experience. We are open to experimental essays and artistic interpretations of the memoir form.

  • Our Submittable is for original work only. Please send only your best, previously unpublished work on any theme. 
  • If you would like Hyphen to consider publishing an excerpt from a forthcoming or existing work of nonfiction, please have your publicist send an email to cnf@hyphenmagazine.com.
  • Your work may be single- or double-spaced. Please be sure to use 1" margins and a clear 12-point font and include the word count at the top of the first page. 
  • We are especially seeking essays in the 1,000-2,000 word range, although we are open to essays between 500-4,000 words. We highly prefer completed essays rather than pitches. If you send a pitch, you must include 3 clips and a resume.
  • Simultaneous  submissions (when you send the same submission to us and other  publications) are acceptable, but we ask that you indicate it in your cover letter and notify us  immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere. 
  • Please submit only one work at a time in a given category, and wait to hear back before sending new work. (You may submit work to more than one genre at a time—be sure to pitch each piece via the appropriate Submittable category.)

Please note:

  • Submissions are considered on a rolling basis.
  • If your piece is accepted, scheduling will depend on our publication calendar; literary nonfiction is currently published once per month at hyphenmagazine.com.
  • Right now, we will usually read and respond to submissions within two to four weeks. If you have not heard back after six weeks, feel free to contact us.
  • Hyphen is an entirely volunteer-run nonprofit org. We are able to pay writers $25 per piece upon publication.
We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.