Friday, October 30, 2009

Writer's Opportunities: Hmong, Lao and Asian American Journals

Alas, it's been a very rough year for Hmong and Lao magazines with many functionally defunct and out of the running. A few are still in operation and accepting work.

Hmong and Lao Magazines: Accepting fiction/non-fiction short stories, poetry, essays and op-eds, photography, visual art submissions, letters to the editor. Bakka Magazine is a regular magazine for anyone with a connection to Laos. It's been on a slight hiatus but is expected to be back in operation very soon. The Journal of Southeast Asian Education and Advancement is taking both non-fiction and creative, literary writing. It is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal addressing research interests surrounding the education and community development of Southeast Asian Americans. Hmong Passion Magazine is looking for contributors. They have a strong youth and education focus. It's scheduled to be published quarterly (every 3 months). Hmoob Teen Magazine is still publishing out of Hmong American Partnership and provides great opportunities for many young Hmong writers.

Asian American Magazines
The following Asian American magazines and websites could also always use new writers and contributors: Still active, Hyphen Magazine is always looking to give opportunities to freelancers, writers and artists. 13 Minutes target audience consists of females, ages 24 to 45. Their focus is to provide bicultural Asian American women with a forum in which issues that are familiar with them can be addressed and explored. CHA: An Asian Literary Journal is the first Hong Kong-based online literary quarterly journal dedicated to publishing quality poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews, photography & art from and about Asia. Theme Magazine is a quarterly publication that covers global avant-garde Asian culture for an increasingly international readership. or Altra is still going. A quarterly lifestyle magazine that celebrates Asian and Asian American excellence. ALTRA highlights achievements by cosmopolitan, English speaking Asians and Asian Americans, and also informs the public on the diverse trends and issues affecting individuals of Asian descent. Colorlines is a more serious bimonthly magazine, and is billed as the leading national, multi-racial magazine devoted to the creativity and complexity of communities of color. ColorLines features the best writing on the issues that affect these communities. Jade Magazine endeavors to be THE reference for professional Asian and Asian American women in their 20's and 30's. Audrey Magazine is still around. A bimonthly English-language magazine highlighting the stories that interest Asian American women nationwide. East West, is an Asian American lifestyle magazine covering fashion, politics, food, career, beauty, celebrities and more. Kartika Review is a well-run, thoughtful Asian American literary journal, and one to keep an eye on over time. AsianAmericanPoetry.Com has slowed down a little, but still accepts submissions. Asian American Literary Review. Their website isn't really up yet, but they have plans to unveil their first issue in 2010. They have some very impressive names in East Asian and South Asian literature connected to their editorial board.

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