Our mission is to represent Vietnamese and Southeast Asian diasporic literature, art, and culture.

We publish essays, fiction, poetry, art, comics, and hybrid pieces by writers and artists from Southeast Asia and those of the Southeast Asian diaspora. We also welcome profiles and interviews with culture makers and reviews of works. Southeast Asia encompasses: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. We publish primarily in English and welcome pieces in other languages if there is an English translation as well. We aim to reply to all submissions within two months.

Guidelines for Submissions

Please send PDF or Word .docx submissions. Include a brief bio. In the subject line, please provide the title and the genre or series of your submission. For example: “Book review: A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure” or “this is for mẹ: Coffee and Culture with Phin.” Pitches for essays and profiles are welcomed. All submissions should be sent to [email protected] Preferred word limit: Limit poetry to 10 pages and prose to 2,500 words.


Our Sections

Creative works: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and hybrid forms

this is for mẹ: works exploring the subjects of mothers, motherhood, motherlands, mother tongues and family. 

Profiles: Interviews or write-ups of writers, artists, organizations, or projects within and about the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian diaspora.

Essays: Commentary on matters of cultural, political, personal, and aesthetic concern for the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian diaspora.

Reviews: Reviews of books, films, shows, performance, visual art, and music by creatives within the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian 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) you would like to write about; please provide links to any previous work if possible. For a list of books to review, visit this list.

Special Call For Submissions


Southeast Asia is home to over 675 million people across different nations and languages. Yet rarely are English language readers familiar with writing that touches on the lives of these people on their own terms. SOUTHEAST ASIA NOW aims to introduce English language readers to Southeast Asian writers working outside of English.

This special issue of diaCRITICS seeks English translations of Southeast Asian writing. We want short fiction, poetry, essays, memoirs, interviews, profile and hybrid work about the issues and changes which characterize contemporary Southeast Asia

Send your best completed pieces or pitches to [email protected] and include “SE Asia Now” in the subject line. Limit poetry to 10 pages and prose to 2,500 words. Please include Payment is $75 per prose piece or interview and $50 per poem. Deadline is October 31.

We look forward to reading your work and/or hearing from you!