Our mission is to represent Vietnamese and Southeast Asian diasporic literature, art, and culture globally. If you wish to learn more about how we define “diaspora” and a diasporic identity, please read our mission statement. This will give you a sense of the ethos and spirit of diaCRITICS and the type of writing and art we are creating a space for.
We have been publishing since 2010. Our voices include first, second, third generations, and voices also from within Vietnam and SE Asia reaching out to us in the diaspora. We welcome these cross-currents and connections, these blurrings of boundaries and “belonging(s).” We are open to discovering new writers, poets, artists, culture-makers and agitators, collectives and cool projects, stories and topics, of the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian diaspora, on and from all shores.
We publish: artist profiles and interviews, book reviews, art / music / film / other cultural commentary and reviews, opinion essays, memoir/personal essays, fiction, poetry, hybrid forms, photography, comics, video, epistolary, ephemera, and more. We are interested in the past, the present, and the future, and how all of these chronologies connect and contribute to the diversity and many stories multi-existent within our diaspora. We welcome essays on politics and current events, globally and in your local communities. We love to learn about the lives of Vietnamese people in various countries and believe art and storytelling are a means for us to ‘visit’ one another across shores and seas. We are undaunted by controversy and we welcome pieces that fearlessly critique–politics, societies, governments, policies, unjust actions; however, our aim is also not to divide, rather to inform and provoke thoughtful analysis of the complicated world we all live in, and to heal through understanding, listening, and dialoguing.
We publish primarily in English and we also publish pieces in Vietnamese, French, and other languages whenever we are able to. If you are writing about the Vietnamese diaspora in another language and still wish to share with us, please do. When we can, we will translate pieces in multilingual versions.
A note: we recognize that since diaCRITICS was founded by writers in the US, many of the voices we have featured have been of Vietnamese Americans. We aspire for diaCRITICS to be a vibrant, inclusive hub and a nourishing space that displays the dynamic creative and intellectual potential of Vietnamese and Southeast Asian diasporic cultural productions from all over the world and highly encourage submissions from all shores.
Guidelines for Submissions
Please send PDF or Word .doc submissions, or pitch ideas, to us. Please include a brief cover letter in the body of the email, which may include a short bio and previous publications. Subject line should read: “Submission Type: Title of Submission,” for example: “Poetry: Poem title.” If you wish to direct your submission to a specific section or series, please indicate so in your subject line, for example, “this is for mẹ: title of submission.”
Word limit: Limit poetry to 10 pages and prose to 2,000 words. Links to art, multimedia, and photography samples are also welcome.
Our Sections & Series
The Out of the Margins series spotlights creative literary work and welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, visual storytelling, and hybrid works. We are interested in creative experimentations that are difficult to categorize or play with form as well as more traditional pieces of creative writing.
this is for mẹ is a series exploring mothers, motherhood, motherlands, mother-tongues and family. The word mother describes all those who performed the acts of mothering, and the word family describes the fathers, aunts, uncles, grandmothers, grandfathers, brothers, sisters, cousins and caretakers who raise us, feed us, shelter us, and love us, however imperfectly.
A Rising Tide: Southeast Asian Voices Against Racism aims to examine how Southeast Asians can fight racism and anti-Blackness. The series will explore and interrogate Southeast Asian diasporic communities and our histories, and how we can take anti-racist action and dismantle white supremacy. A list of possible questions, though not exhaustive, that you might want to explore: Where do Southeast Asians in the diaspora fit in resisting anti-Blackness? How have you talked to your elders about Black Lives Matter? How have Southeast Asian communities in the diaspora benefited from white supremacist systems to the detriment of other communities? How are the histories that forced us into the diaspora linked to anti-Blackness?
diaCRITICIZE is a series of opinion essays that critique, question, analyze, debate, dissect, challenge, interpret and in other ways disseminate matters of cultural, political, personal, and aesthetic concern for the Vietnamese and SE Asian diaspora.
Articles, Essays, Profiles: We publish personal and critical essays, op-eds, reviews and interviews, artist and project profiles. Please contact us if there is something you think we should cover or if you have an essay or article you have written that you believe would be a good fit for diaCRITICS. We also accept pitches for pieces on artists, books, releases, events, and other topics.
Reviews: We review books by Vietnamese and Southeast Asian writers as well as those in the diaspora. If you’re a publisher, author, or publicist and would like to submit a book for review consideration, please contact us. If you would like to contribute a review, contact us with a query or let us know your interest and the genre(s) (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc) you would like to write about; please provide links to any previous work if possible.
We look forward to reading your work and/or hearing from you!