“The Transpacific Literary Project is an ambitious online editorial initiative of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) that is poised to foster literary connections between East and Southeast Asia, the Asian diaspora, and a broader American reading public. The project will take the shape of a series of portfolios published on AAWW’s online magazine The Margins. These portfolios will comprise poetry and prose written by East and Southeast Asian writers curated around broad themes, and will seek to traverse geographic and other boundaries.
But your eyes are flooded
With the sorrows and joys of antiquity
Bearing the wounds of contentment
Your beautiful gaze possesses a demonic power
That transforms this moment into a memory that can’t be wiped away.
~Desire by Zhai Yongming, translated by Andrea Lingenfelter
For our next themed portfolio, SIGHT, we explore different ways of seeing. We are taught to trust the evidence of our eyes, but are we fully aware of all the different lenses we are looking through, and how this colors our vision – no gaze is ever neutral, and layers of contested history and imperialism cloud the way we see. As ever, we are open to all genres and forms, and to the broadest possible interpretation of this theme.
Please send us your fiction (including graphic fiction), non-fiction or poetry, indicating whether submission is by the author or translator. If the latter, please indicate that English-language rights are available. We are unlikely to publish anything over 2,500 words, though we will make exceptions for particularly deserving pieces. Work in translation is particularly welcome. We would also like to receive submissions of images, photo essays, and other pieces that do not fit into the genres listed above, but nonetheless might be of interest.
AAWW will hold exclusive print and online rights to your piece for 90 days, and your story will be archived online. All other rights remain with the writer and translator. All contributors of original work (including translators) will be paid. We are also happy to look at ARCs of forthcoming books with a view to publishing extracts. ‘
Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but we ask that you withdraw the piece promptly if it is accepted somewhere else. If you require more information, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
*One of the aims of The Transpacific Project will be to interrogate the idea of the Transpacific, and where exactly the region might lie. As such, the following list of countries should be regarded as indicative and non-exclusive; broadly, East and South-east Asia consists of: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, North Korea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and their diasporas.”