Issue 02: Light & Dark

The submissions window for Issue 02 story ideas is officially closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a story idea. We will be reaching out by the end of March 2018 to notify you if your story has been selected. Please look out for an email from

Questions? Email with the subject line "Issue 02 submissions"

What we look for

We are committed to publishing original stories that spark meaningful conversation about Asian American identity and empowering real people to share real stories.

Our namesake literary magazine challenges readers to dig deeper when thinking about race and identity. Each issue is centered around a theme, which will be announced once the submissions window opens. From there, we are interested in receiving story pitches around that theme in the following creative formats:

  • Creative non-fiction (e.g., memoir, personal essay, short stories)
  • Poetry
  • Art / Illustration
  • Photography

Before submitting a story idea, please familiarize yourself with our submission guidelines below.

Submissions Guidelines

  • We are currently only accepting stories that can be printed in our literary magazine. We will not be distributing our editorial content online. You can find our "live" digital content on Instagram.
  • We believe that there are so many powerful real life stories that need to be told; therefore, we are currently only accepting non-fiction work.
  • We want to showcase the diversity of Asian culture and we accept submissions from Asian writers and artists of all cultural backgrounds (this includes hapas, or mixed-race Asian Americans) across generations (not just Millennials) and geographies (beyond the coasts).
  • We ask for first North American serial rights (FNASR) should your work be accepted for publication. Authors and artists retain all rights to their work after publication.
  • We request that contributors acknowledge their work's first publication in Slant'd if it is reprinted elsewhere.
  • To maintain the integrity of the literary magazine, we ask that you submit writing samples (for written pieces) or samples from your portfolio (for art pieces) with your story pitch.
  • Please note: Slant'd is a completely volunteer-run media company. Regrettably, we can't pay for submissions at this time.