CALL FOR SUBMISSION: Essays, creative nonfiction, and cultural criticism

Asian American Writers’ Workshop 

INFO: The Margins, AAWW's arts and ideas magazine, is now accepting creative nonfiction, cultural criticism, and essay submissions. We have published creative nonfiction, essays, and features by writers including Matthew Salesses, Hua Hsu,  V.V. Ganeshananthan, Chaitali Sen, Alex Jung, Oliver Wang, Scott Kurashige, Annie Paul, Sejal Shah, Jennifer Pan, and Thuy Linh Tu. 

We're looking to publish: 

  • Essays on recently published works of Asian and Asian American literature as well as critical essays about a single writer's body of work (please note that we do not publish straightforward book reviews)

  • Lively essays and cultural commentary written through the lens of race, immigration, and transnationalism

  • Reported features profiling writers and artists of interest

  • Researched pieces that examine countercultural figures and movements and histories of Asian America

  • Creative nonfiction pieces and lyric essays

  • Deeply researched "explainers," or articles that help unpack topics or conversations using multiple sources (for example, an intro to queer Asian American literature)


Frieze Writer’s Prize 2019

INFO: Initiated in 2006, the annual Frieze Writer’s Prize recognizes emerging writers who achieve these qualities in their work. Applicants are invited to submit an unpublished review for consideration by three judges. The winner is commissioned to write a review for frieze and awarded GBP£2,000.

This year’s judges will be writer, curator and frieze contributing editor Osei Bonsu, novelist and critic María Gaínza, and frieze associate editor Evan Moffitt

DEADLINE: August 5, 2019




INFO: PRX is accepting applications for the third round of Project Catapult, a podcast training program and accelerator for public media stations. Teams selected will receive up to $70,000, mentorship and 20 weeks of on-site and remote training, covering everything from content production to monetization. The program begins October 2019. 

DEADLINE: August 8, 2019


2020 PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship

INFO: The PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship is a $5,000 award offered annually to an author of children's or young-adult fiction. It has been developed to help writers whose work is of high literary caliber and is designed to assist a writer at a crucial moment in their career to complete a book-length work-in-progress.

DEADLINE: August 15, 2019.


The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

INFO: The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence honors Louisiana’s revered storyteller, Ernest J. Gaines, and serves to inspire and recognize rising African-American fiction writers of excellence at a national level. The book award, initiated by donors of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, is now in its 13th year and has become nationally recognized in its role of enhancing visibility of emerging African-American fiction writers while also expanding the audience for this literature. The annual award of a $15,000 cash prize is to support the writer and help enable her/him to focus on her/his art of writing. 

The 2019 panel of judges are themselves renowned contributors to the literary world. They are Anthony Grooms, Edward P. Jones, Elizabeth Nunez, Francine Prose and Patricia Towers.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation sponsors the winner’s travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to receive the prize at a ceremony attended by Ernest Gaines where the author reads an excerpt from the selected work of fiction. A reception follows. The evening is free, open to the public and attracts a diverse audience.

The literary award winner also participates in educational activities at selected area schools and after-school programs in keeping with the Gaines Award's interest in emphasizing the role of literature and arts in education. Through small creative writing workshops with the winning author, students are encouraged to pursue reading, delve into their own creativity, and to consider becoming an author.

DEADLINE: August 15, 2019



INFO: We are open to international and domestic applicants as long as eligibility requirements are met. Applicants may choose a two-week, three-week, or four-week session. All residency sessions begin on a Monday and end on a Friday. Playa creates residency periods that applicants may choose from. We cannot accommodate custom residency dates. 

PLAYA recognizes that each person is an individual and that each individual benefits from accommodations uniquely suited to their abilities. If you are BIPOC and would like to speak to others that have been in residence here to make sure it is a good fit for you please email

 Your writing sample should be representative of the genre in which you plan to work while in residence. Provide one document (12 font size, new times roman, double spaced) that contains a sample as follows: ~Fiction: 10 pages of a novel excerpt, a story, or short stories. ~Poetry: 10 pages of poetry. ~Nonfiction: 10 pages of nonfiction. ~Playwriting: 10 – 15 pages of a play. ~Screen writing: 10 – 15 pages of a screenplay. Include a work description which is essentially a cover page that contains the title(s) of the work and the date of completion. Please make your font size 12 and the font type New Times Roman for all submissions. 

DEADLINE: August 15, 2019


Hypatia-in-the-Woods Residency

INFO: Hypatia-in-the-Woods was created to provide physical and mental space, solitude, and time for women to pursue their creative endeavors, undistracted by everyday demands of job, family and other obligations. We invite artists, writers, academics and business women to experience the tranquil setting of Holly House, the small cottage that serves as our residential retreat and study center. 

DEADLINE: August 15, 2019



Gay Mag

INFO: Gay is a new publication partnership between Roxane Gay and Medium. Laura June Topolsky is the Deputy Editor and Kaitlyn Adams serves as Managing Editor. We will be publishing work weekly, covering a wide variety of topics. We will also assemble ambitious, compelling quarterly themed issues. We are now accepting submissions, on a rolling basis, and look forward to hearing from new and established writers who possess original voices. 

Gay will offer some of the most interesting and thoughtful cultural criticism to be found on the Web. We are interested in deep explorations, timelessness, and challenging conventional thinking without being cheap and lazy. 

 What we love and want: cultural criticism; thoughtful, clever and beautiful personal essays; short fiction; original artwork and photography. We do *not* want even the best hot take you can imagine, and we will not publish news. We do not want you to cannibalize yourself. We are interested in provocative work but we are not interested in senseless provocation. 

We pay $1 a word for work up to 3,500 words in length. We seek your best work and we cannot wait to read it. ** Please note that we will publish many more short essays (in the 1,200 word range) than we will longer (3,500 words) ones. **

We accept submissions and pitches via Submittable here:

We are also accepting submissions for our first two themed issues. Consider the theme as a prompt; interpret it as widely and creatively as you wish. We prefer short but detailed pitches over complete, on spec submissions for themed issues, but we will consider full pieces. 

Chapter 2: Pain. What hurts you? How do you deal with hurt and suffering? How have you hurt others or yourself? How do you negotiate the suffering of others?

DEADLINE: August 17, 2019


2019 YA Fiction Workshop

Tin House 

INFO: This weekend workshop combines the rugged beauty of the Oregon Coast with a weekend immersed in crafting young adult fiction. The program consists of morning workshops with no more than six writers per class, one-on-one meetings with faculty, afternoon craft discussions, and/or generative exercises. Evenings are reserved for conversations by the fire and coastal revelry.

DEADLINE: August 21, 2019



Bitch Media

INFO: Peace is an elusive, intangible, and oftentimes impossible-to-attain concept that most people are encouraged to find and hold onto. Though there is no one guidebook for finding peace, sanctuaries—places that exist specifically to provide refuge, safety, or community—can provide an inroad to discovering something that’s supposed to bloom within us but often eludes us. Though the term “sanctuary” has a fixed meaning, there are myriad places, concepts, and pop culture figures that help us feel safe—from literal cities that provide safe haven for undocumented immigrants to virtual communities that shelter underrepresented people from the internet’s often unrelenting vitriol.

This issue calls for out-of-the-box explorations of what it means to seek peace and find it: How do traditional and chosen families shape our understanding of love? What role can social media play in helping us shape our mental health? How do we locate places in which we can escape, disconnect, and simply be ourselves? How does pop culture help us grapple with inevitable grief? What happens when our sanctuaries no longer feel like they belong to us—or are actively taken away?

DEADLINE: August 26, 2019


100 West Corsicana Artist and Writer Residency

INFO: 100 West grants artists and writers residencies to work in former, fraternal meeting halls in this historic Texas building repurposed for studio space. Large studios are provided alongside complete living accommodations and wood shop access. This residency experience combines artist-made furniture with period pieces in a structure virtually unaltered since the 1890s. 100W maintains a close connection with Dallas, Houston and Austin - each within 50 - 200 miles from downtown Corsicana, where faded vestiges of the nineteenth century oil boom offer quintessential Texas atmosphere.

Artists and writers coming to Corsicana escape the distractions of compact, urban centers. It's quiet here. Long hours are clocked in the studio with a focus stimulated by small-town atmosphere and big, open windows. 100W hosts three to four residents simultaneously with private work-live studios balanced with a shared kitchen, dining hall and rooftop. 

Fully-funded, partially-funded, and non-funded studio residencies are available alongside grants.

Residency durations are customizable up to to 2 months, although a minimum of 1 month is recommended to reach studio rhythm and produce in-depth work.

DEADLINE: September 1, 2019


Writers & Poets, 2020, 1st Session

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts 

INFO: KHN awards approximately 35 residencies PER SESSION. Of these, approximately 10-15 spots are awarded to writers working in a variety of genre. Residency awards include living and studio space plus a weekly stipend of $100 for the duration of the residency. Private writers studios are located in two of the apartments, though sometimes writers work in the composer's studio or one of the visual art studios. Wi-fi access is available throughout the grounds.

For residency awards scheduled from January 6 - June 19, 2020.

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is a program of the Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation, Inc.

DEADLINE: September 1, 2019


2020 Margins Fellowship

Asian American Writers’ Workshop

INFO: The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is now accepting applications for the 2020 Margins Fellowship. Four emerging Asian American, Muslim, and Arab writers of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction based in New York City aged 30 and under will receive $5,000, residency time at the Millay Colony for the Arts, mentorship, access to the AAWW writing space, and publication opportunities in our online magazine, The Margins. We see this as a chance to support writers from Asian diasporic, Arab, West Asian, and North and East African communities and Muslim writers of color more broadly. If you are a writer of color who identifies with these communities, please discuss this in your application.

The Margins is an online magazine of arts and ideas featuring new fiction and poetry, literary and cultural criticism, and interviews with writers and artists. We are the recipient of a Whiting Literary Magazine award and our stories have been linked to by the Wall Street Journal, The New Inquiry, Literary Hub, and the New York Times. Our contributors include Chang-rae Lee, Jessica Hagedorn, Vijay Iyer, Bhanu Kapil, Katie Kitamura, Hua Hsu, Amitava Kumar, and Yoko Ogawa.

The Margins fellowship is open to emerging Asian American, Muslim, and Arab creative writers who are age 30 or under and reside in New York City. Fellowship applicants may not be enrolled in any academic, conservatory, college, or degree granting training program during the fellowship term. To be considered you must apply through this Submittable form. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us at aawwmagazine [at] gmail [dot] com.

DEADLINE: September 9, 2019