February 10, 2018

From the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop and Dark Helix Press

Call for Submissions: Immersion: An Asian Anthology of Love, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction

Deadline: Open February 15, 2018 – October 12, 2018

Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop and Dark Helix Press are collaborating! We are searching for submissions for “Immersion: Love, Fantasy, Science” an anthology of speculative fiction stories to be published in the summer of 2019.

The anthology editors are Allan Cho, (AlliterAsian), JF Garrard (Trump: Utopia or Dystopia, The Undead Sorceress) and William Tham (Kings of Petaling Street).

Construct a story about an Asian main character set in an immersive alternate past, present or future. Fill this reality with hints of reality, magic, or fantastical but believable science. If you are interested in writing about a motorized caravan train across the Silk Road, or sages searching for magical apprentices in the South China Sea, now is your chance. We also like good wuxia swordplay and other martial arts as much as we enjoy postcolonial politics and other contemporary topics. Draw on your heritage and transport us to a different world.

We are collecting short stories and flash fiction; please make sure there is a beginning, middle and an end.

Stories may be dark in nature, but no gratuitous violence, sex, or racist content. Novel excerpts not encouraged unless they tell a complete story.

Submission Requirements:
  • Authors must have a geographical Asian heritage
  • Use standard manuscript format, but with emphasized words in italics. We only accept file formats of .doc, .docx, or .rtf only.
  • Works submitted must be completely original. Previously published work is fine as long as you have the rights to the story and acknowledge the original publisher.
  • English translations of original stories are welcome.
  • We encourage simultaneous submissions; however, please notify us as soon as possible if it is
  • accepted elsewhere for publication.
  • Short Stories should not exceed 6000 words
  • Flash Fiction should not exceed 1800 words
Submission Steps:

1) Please fill in this google form, this ensures your name and story is added to our database.

2) Then email your submission to anthology at asiancanadianwriters.ca.


Contributors will be paid $40 CAD per short story or $20 CAD per flash fiction and an e-book contributor’s copy. If a print book version is made, authors have a chance to obtain copies at a discounted rate. Rights: First World Rights for an anthology in the English-language. Exclusive rights prior to publication and non-exclusive rights for the anthology. You maintain the rights to your story, but if you send it elsewhere please mention that it was first published by us.

February 4, 2018

Join us for an afternoon of "Epic Struggles" - Asian Canadian Communal Magazines

ZHEN LIU is currently a Lecturer in the School of Foreign Languages and Literature at Shandong University. Her 2016 dissertation at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, supervised by Faye Hammill, was entitled “A Liberating Inheritance: Chinese Canadian and Japanese Canadian Literature, 1970s-2000s.” She will be talking about Ricepaper Magazine and Rikka Magazine.

January 22, 2018

Jan Wong Launches Apron Strings at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden on March 9, 2018

Join Apron Strings author Jan Wong for a special author talk on Friday, March 9, 2:00PM at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver, BC.  Jan Wong knows food is better when shared, so when she set out to write a book about home cooking in France, Italy, and China, she asked her 22-year-old son, Sam, to join her. On their journey, Jan and Sam lived and cooked with locals, seeing first-hand how globalization is changing food, families, and cultures. Along the way, mother and son explored their sometimes-fraught relationship, uniting — and occasionally clashing — over their mutual love of cooking.

A memoir about family, an exploration of the globalization of food cultures, and a meditation on the complicated relationships between mothers and sons, Apron Strings is complex, unpredictable, and unexpectedly hilarious.  This event is in partnership with the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop. Please visit the Garden website at www.vancouverchinesegarden.com for more details on how to attend this event. Books will be available for purchase.

Friday, March 9 at 2:00PM
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
578 Carrall Street
Vancouver, BC

Jan Wong is the author of five non-fiction bestsellers, including Out of the Blue and Red China Blues,
named one of Time magazine's top ten non-fiction books of 1996. (Twenty years later, the book is
still in print.) She has won numerous journalism awards and is now a professor of journalism at St.
Thomas University. A third-generation Canadian, Jan is the eldest daughter of a prominent Montreal

Jan Wong is available for comment and interview. For review copies, permission to reprint excerpts, or interviews with the author, please contact Jeff Arbeau at publicity@gooselane.com or 1.888.926.8377.  For additional information on the book, author events or the publisher, visit www.gooselane.com. For more information about the author, visit www.janwong.ca.

January 1, 2018

Asianadian Magazine: Asiancy and Visual Culture coming to LiterASIAN 2018

The idea for Asianadian came about in April of 1978. Tony Chan, Cheuk Kwan, and Paul Levine (also known as Lai Bo) were sitting in a restaurant discussing issues which concerned Asian Canadians of that time period
In 2018, LiterASIAN will be collaborating with Centre A on an art exhibit documenting and celebrating the 40th anniversary of Asianadian Magazine as part of LiterASIAN 2018.

The Asianadian: An Asian Canadian Magazine was published quarterly in Toronto between 1978 and 1985 during a period of significant anti-racism activism in Canada marked by ongoing debates on a fledgling multiculturalism, controversial media representations of people of colour and efforts to establish venues to feature an expanding volume of Asian Canadian cultural production. Its founding editors and contributors – minority writers, artists, and scholars, many of whom are today’s leading established Asian Canadian Studies scholars and creatives.

Current space at Centre A at 268 Keefer Street, Vancouver

For more information, please read:  Alice Ming Wai Jim's “Asiancy and Visual Culture: The Asianadian Magazine, 1978–1985.” Journal of Canadian Art History (2016): 154–179.

Stay tuned for more at http://www.LiterASIAN.com

December 28, 2017

Help Wanted! LiterASIAN Festival is hiring for a Festival Coordinator in 2018


Celebrating the best of Asian Canadian literature and storytelling, the 6th annual LiterASIAN Writers Festival brings together established authors and storytellers from different media to Vancouver in the month of September in 2018. Taking place in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, this year’s theme is Journey to the West: Writing Across the Pacific.  As a home to the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop, Ricepaper magazine, and numerous Asian Canadian authors, it's appropriate that Vancouver has the first and only Asian Canadian literary festivals, here in a city at the intersection of the Pacific Rim. We are looking for someone who wants to join us in the shaping of Asian Canadian literature.


The Festival Coordinator is responsible for duties that support the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop Society (ACWW), and the coordination of its annual LiterASIAN Writers Festival. Some weekend and evening work is required in the month of September leading up to the festival.

Accountability and Reporting: This role reports to the Interim Executive Director and the LiterASIAN Festival committee.

Key Responsibilities and Duties:
  • Updating content on website, social media and related online and print presence of the festival
  • Tracking performers’ accommodation, travel, and per diem budget
  • Update manuals and guidebooks on a regular basis
  • Offer technical and venue assistance during the get in and get outs of the festival
  • Assist with grant and proposal writing
  • Keep records of correspondence, and manage incoming and outgoing mail
  • Maintain the sponsorship database and ensure all contact information is current and up to date
  • Account for office supplies and maintain stock
The ideal candidate for this entry-level position is extremely organized, high-energy, enthusiastic and detailed oriented, with excellent customer service and communication skills. The position is suitable for a candidate with:
  • A knowledge and understanding of literature and, more broadly, the arts
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Have experience working with web-related initiatives and social media
  • Be polite and professional, and able to work alongside people at all levels
Terms of Contract:
$600.00 per month. ($15 per hour, 10 hours a week)

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter (as attachments. Please do not embed in body of email), indicating where you saw the posting by email to: LiterASIAN Festival Director, info@literasian.com. Please put “Festival Coordinator Position” in the subject line of the email.

Application deadline: February 1, 2018

December 16, 2017

ACWW is Hiring for a Community Outreach Coordinator

The mission of the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop (ACWW) is to foster a community of writers and literary enthusiasts.  Over the years, it has established a number of milestones, including writing workshops, literary anthologies, book clubs, mentorship of new writers, one-on-one manuscript development sessions, an annual reading series, chapters in Edmonton, Montreal, and Toronto, as well as the creation of the ACWW Emerging Writers Award.  In 2018, ACWW is hiring a part-time Community Outreach Coordinator to support its community outreach initiatives in keeping with the organization’s initiatives.


Community Outreach
  • Maintain and develop new community connections and networks to promote ACWW; expand ACWW’s community presence in Vancouver Lower Mainland
  • Work with other organizations and individuals to support collaborative opportunities in Vancouver Chinatown, including Sun Wah Centre
  • Create a safe, welcoming environment; help patrons access resources, supplies and tools in ACWW’s spaces and workshops
  • Assist and organize the development of ongoing program for community; welcome and support attendees and community; promote programs to other community groups and organizations
  • Collaborate with Ricepaper and LiterASIAN teams to plan and provide ACWW events both in Chinatown and in other community venues in the Lower Mainland
  • Communicate via phone and email with writers, volunteers, donors, businesses, community organizations, etc., in managing and responding to messages and inquiries.
  • Work collaboratively with other ACWW staff and board members while being responsible to the Executive Director
  • Prepare reports for board meetings and attend meetings at the request of the board

Hours: $15 per hour, 10 hours a week.  Application deadline: February 1, 2018

Please send resume and cover letter to: director@asiancanadianwriters.ca