April 28, 2016

Stumbling Through Paradise A Feast of Mercy for Manuel del Mundo by Eleanor Guerrero-Campbell

Stumbling Through Paradise: A Feast of Mercy for Manuel del Mundo follows the journey of one Filipino family, who leave everything behind in order to build a new life for themselves in Canada, and their struggle to find their way. Blocked from finding work in their respective fields despite their qualifications and skills, they must decide between pride and practicality, survival and surrender. The choices and concessions they make will impact their lives, and the lives of their children, in countless ways. And in the end, it will be up to the second and third generations to offer redemption, and help create the paradise their parents had hoped to find.

 A story of determination and hope, Stumbling Through Paradise showcases the indomitable spirit of those willing to risk everything for the chance of a brighter future, and captures with great clarity, the bonds of familial love and loyalty, which may bend but never truly break.

Eleanor writes and lives in Vancouver with her husband. When they are not travelling, they enjoy walking, cycling, and exploring the city’s neighbourhoods and cultural life.  This is her first novel.  There will be a book launch on Saturday May 21, 2016 at the Creekside Community Centre.

April 20, 2016

The Cedrick Literary Awards

Attention all Asian Canadian writers 50 years and older!  Let's change the landscape of literary awards by providing a unique platform to recognize and reward unpublished English and French-speaking authors of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry, and First Nations writers over the age of 50.

Launched in 2014 under the proud sponsorship of Betterthan50 ® the awards program is a first-of-its-kind in Canada, and in its inaugural year (2015) captured the interest of writers, publishers, and organizations that support and promote authors across the country.

March 30, 2016

Asian Heritage Month AlliterAsian Anthology Launch at Centre A, May 12

2015 marked the 20th anniversary of Ricepaper magazine and to celebrate it we selected some of the best writing for an anthology.   Considered a pioneering periodical devoted to Asian-Canadian writing, the magazine shifted from predominantly arts and culture reporting to the publication of original literature over the years.  It has both witnessed and cultivated the maturation of an Asian-Canadian literary tradition.  Many of today’s most acclaimed Asian-Canadian writers were first published in the pages of Ricepaper.  Please join us for this special evening as we celebrate the years of Ricepaper!
This book launch will feature readings from:1-300x450
  • Carolyn Nakagawa
  • C.E. Gatchalian
  • Jackie Wong
  • Rita Wong
  • Crecien Bencio
AlliterAsian is an intriguing and multi-faceted record of Asian-Canadian writing that pays homage to the legacy of Ricepaper and its contribution to the evolving and increasingly diverse landscape of Canadian literature.” – Arsenal Press

February 24, 2016

Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop Emerging Writers Award Poetry Award Guidelines


The ACWW Emerging Writers Award (EWA) was established in 1999 to help authors of Pacific Rim Asian heritage be published with an established publishing house. The winner of the first award was poet, Rita Wong (Monkeypuzzle, published by Press Gang.) Madeleine Thien won the second award in 2001 for her short story collection, Simple Recipes. This manuscript impressed McClelland & Stewart so much that they offered Madeleine a two-book deal. Simple Recipes went on to win the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the City of Vancouver Book Prize, and was a finalist in the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book.

The ACWW Emerging Writer Award is a community-building initiative of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop to encourage the development of quality manuscripts and finished works by new writers in our community.

The 2016 competition is for a poetry manuscript and the 2017 contest is for a book-length work of fiction by an Asian-Canadian writer of Pacific Rim Asian heritage who has not previously published any book-length work of any genre in traditional or digital form.

The Author
The author must be a Canadian of Pacific Rim Asian heritage (including East Asian or Southeast Asian descent) and an emerging writer who has not previously self-published or traditionally published a book-length work of any genre in traditional or digital form. After a manuscript is submitted to the EWA competition, the author agrees not to submit the work to any publishers until after the manuscript has been released from the EWA competition in September 2016 (or September 2017 for the fiction competition.) Receipt and release of the manuscript will be acknowledged in a timely fashion.

The Jury
The jury will be comprised of three members of the writing community. If there is no work of sufficiently high quality, the jury may decide that there is no winner.

Deadline for manuscripts:
Submissions for the 2016 poetry competition must be postmarked by July 1, 2016.
Submissions for the 2017 fiction competition must be postmarked by June 1, 2017.

1) Completed application form (download for attachment).
2) $25.00 registration fee entitles the entrant to a year’s membership in ACWW. Cheque written out to: Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop Society.
3) Three print copies of the manuscript in addition to a digital copy to be sent to: submissions@asiancanadianwriters.ca. Printed manuscripts must be bound: no loose or stapled sheets will be accepted. The copies of the manuscripts must be single size printed form only. Submitted manuscripts will not be returned upon completion of contest.

Please send submissions to:

ACWW Emerging Writing Award Poetry 2016
#2 – 3572 SE Marine Drive,
Vancouver, British Columbia
V5S 4R3

For queries and media contact
Jim Wong-Chu: jwongchu@asiancanadianwriters.ca or 604-355-5795

Deadline for manuscripts: must be postmarked by July 1, 2016.

Announcement of Winner
The winner will be announced at during the 2016 literASIAN: A Festival of Pacific Rim Asian Canadian Writing Festival in September 23-25, 2016.