Call for Freelancers

The Asian American Writers' Workshop is revamping its curatorial platform to launch three new online magazines that'll combine avant-garde aesthetics with vanguard politics, edgy takes on globalization and national immigration law with on-the-ground journalism in local communities. We’ve assembled an editorial dream team, including writers from NPR, The Atlantic, Grantland, Koream, The Wall Street Journal, Verso, and The New Press--and we're looking for freelancers to join our team. We will publish stories of Asian American intellectual culture in the form of regular editorial features, including reported articles, interviews and reviews; original literary and visual works; and blogs by idiosyncratic Asian American voices. Interested in contributing? Please read below and email us 3-5 relevant clips and story pitches and tell us a little about yourself. Pitches should also be interesting to non-Asian American readers. We're interested in writers from all backgrounds and locations. Send these to AAWW Editor Kai Ma at with your name and the word "Freelance" and the magazine(s) you'd like to write for in the subject line (e.g., "Freelance - The Margins - John Smith"). Please also take a moment to fill out the information below.
THE AAWW EDITORIAL PLATFORM Named one of the top five Asian American groups nationally, covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Poets & Writers, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop is excited to introduce a new editorial vision that will incubate new interpretations of what it means to be both an American and a global citizen. Here are our titles: * THE MARGINS, an alternative magazine dedicated to inventing the future of Asian American arts and ideas and charting the rise of an Asian American creative class. We aren’t a literary journal, ethnic media, a nonprofit newsletter, or a publication just for Asian Americans. We’ve outgrown regressive self-stereotyping narratives and are building the thrilling undiscovered Asian American counterculture beyond Tiger Moms and Amy Tan. We are steering clear of pitches that are: only of interest to the Asian American community; overly academic or insular; cliche or self-stereotyping; overly concerned with heritage rather than contemporary culture. Some topics we're interested in: Ai Wei Wei and the rise of the Chinese art market, which now dwarfs the Western one; how Asian Americans are redrawing the face of America through immigration, adoption and multi-racial identity; Amar Chitra Katha, the Indian comic books that have sold nine million copies around the world; the Asian American quality of Philip K. Dick, Slavoj Zizek, Jonathan Franzen, and Gary Steyngart; the rise of Silicon Valley and the Asian metropolises of the global south; Hasan Elahi, a visual artist who is protesting government surveillance by sending self-portraits to the FBI; the Japanese internment camp video game, “Drama in the Delta”; "Asian Americana," such as Chang and Eng's descendants. * OPEN CITY: Mapping Urban Asian America, a magazine that will write down the pulse of metropolitan Asian America as it’s being lived on the streets of New York right now--by embedding Creative Nonfiction Fellows in community organizations. Visit to apply to be a Fellow, though we're also looking for freelancers in New York to contribute original reporting. * CULTURESTRIKE, our online magazine that seeks to start a national cultural movement around immigration. We've secured content from Mike Davis, Jessica Hagedorn, Sesshu Foster, Favianna Rodriguez, and Wafa Bilal. This is not a specifically Asian American publication and so far has focused on Latino organizing around SB1070 in Arizona. See for our pilot run. Visit if you'd like to apply to be the CultureStrike Editor, though we're also looking for freelancers. ABOUT THE ASIAN AMERICAN WRITER'S WORKSHOP For two decades, The Asian American Writers' Workshop ( has served as a national home for Asian American stories. A quirky yet curated literary community dedicated to Asian American alternative culture, we have partnered with The National Book Foundation, Granta, Verso, Melville House, and powerHouse Arena. The writers and artists we have featured include Maxine Hong Kingston, Michael Ondaatje, Ha Jin, Amitav Ghosh, Min Jin Lee, Teju Cole, Junot Díaz, Das Racist, and Jhumpa Lahiri, whose first book party we hosted. Our "big tent" vision of Asian American cultural pluralism is big enough to include both the NY publishing industry and ethnic studies, the South Asian diasporic novel and the Asian American story of assimilation, high culture and pop culture, Lisa Lowe and Amar Chitra Katha, avant-garde poetry and spoken word, journalism and critical race theory, Midnight's Children and Dictee. We are against both an exclusive literary culture that believes that race does not exist and Asian American narratives that lead to self-stereotyping and limit the menu of our identity. We are for inventing the future of Asian American literary culture.
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