Submission Guidelines

Poetry submissions are open throughout the year. For submission guidelines, please see the section under poetry.

New Asian Writing welcomes unsolicited essays and opinions. To submit an essay/opinion/critique article, send in the text in word format with an author/s bio (in the third person) along with a picture of the author. Stories are accepted only as part of the annual contest and New Asian Writing does not publish stories at any other time of the year except for its annual contest. Submissions (essays/opinions etc) are not paid for unless commissioned by NAW but the author will get due credits. Text and pictures along with all relevant content should be sent to

Current topics being commissioned by New Asian Writing:

  • Essays/ articles/ opinion pieces dealing with LGBT issues. Primarily work place accounts. 
  • Essays/ articles/ opinion pieces dealing with freelance writers/ travel writers.
  • Personal accounts of single parents who are pursuing an artistic career. 
  • Lockdown related essays. 

Payment for these topics is $20 or equivalent amount in national currency to be paid via paypal or direct transfer. The written piece should be between 1000-1500 words in English.


The New Asian Writing Short Story Competition 2019 is closed. Selected authors for this year’s prize have been informed by email. Thank you for applying. The 2020 contest will open on 1st September, 2020. 

 The prize for this year is open to writers that have been previously published. If you have not been published in print so far, you cannot apply. 

NAW Short Story Writing Competition 2017- Results

NAW Short Story Writing Competition 2018- Results

NAW Short Story Writing Competition 2019- Results

Call for submissions- NAW 2019 Short Story Competition

NAW will accept all stories that are set in an Asian context or have an Asian theme. The nationality of the author does not matter (we’ll consider your work even if you are from Mars). Either the stories should be set in an Asian country, should have at least one Asian citizen or some amount of Asian element. We have left the question as to what determines Asian theme open purposely so as not to restrict creativity.

The competition is open for writers that have been published previously in print (minimum one). Self-published works will not qualify. The writer must submit the proof of the previously published work/works while participating in the contest (links to the book/anthology/short story collection etc). This year’s contest is aimed at encouraging developing writers. The writer can apply individually in his/her own capacity and submissions through a publisher are not required.  

Stories must be original, unpublished fiction, typed and single-spaced, and should be between 3,500 to 10,000 words (not less than 3,500 and not more than 10,000) in length. The selected stories must not have been published previously either in print or via electronic media (including personal blogs, Facebook and other social media spaces).

Translated works are not allowed. Stories must be in English only.

Stories must be submitted in Microsoft Word Document format, as an attachment. Do not send your story in the body of an email.

In the subject line of your e-mail submission write your full name and the title of your short story.

Each story must be accompanied by one-paragraph bio written in the third person. Include author’s full name, age, nationality, published work, website, etc. This must be added at the end of your short story, in the same document.  Attach a recent photograph of yourself also.

If your short story contains foreign words, include them in a Glossary at the end of your story, with all the foreign words listed in alphabetical order. All these words must be italicized in the body of your story.

End your submission with a one-paragraph summary of your short story.

All contributions accepted for the contest will receive an acknowledgement via email. All stories (three: one main prize winner and two consolation prize entries) accepted for the contest will be published on New Asian Writing’s website. Remaining stories that are not selected will not be published or used in any manner by New Asian Writing. All rights revert back to the author on publication.

Once the contest ends, one winner will be selected and will be offered the prize money ($1000) either through PayPal or via direct transfer. Two consolation prizes (Books or equivalent amount in home currency) will also be offered. All contestants must possess a bank account and a PayPal account in their own name with facility to receive electronic funds. If the author cannot accept the award due to any reason, the prize will be offered to the next chosen contestant. If you are living in a country where PayPal does not offer services, do not participate in this contest.

Once the contest ends, NAW will contact the selected author and offer the prize. At such a time, relevant details (government issued ID held in hand with a selfie) will be asked. If you are not comfortable sharing the details to prove your identity, do not participate in this contest.

The last day for submitting short stories for NAW 2018 short story competition is June 30, 2019.

Submissions may solely be sent via e-mail to:

By submitting your short story to New Asian Writing, you hereby agree to our Copyright clauses detailed below.

Formatting Guidelines

Use only Times New Roman point 12 for the body of the text, glossary, and bio. Make sure the text is single-spaced and flushed left.

Do not introduce any headers, footers, section divisions, etc., apart from page number (bottom page, center).

Use bold for the main title and the author’s name only.

Indent all paragraphs of your text with one TAB. Do not leave one-line spaces between paragraphs.

If you want to delineate a pause in the course of your narrative, use ***.

Use “double quotation marks” for all quotations, use ‘single quotation marks’ only for “quotations ‘within’ quotations.” Make sure that all commas and periods are within quotation marks (,” or .” and not: ”, or ”.). Do not make two or more spaces between words or after a full-stop instead of one.

Copyright Notice

Authors will give New Asian Writing permission to publish their work on our website. We retain irrevocable first electronic rights.

By submitting a story, you certify that the work is original and you are the copyright holder of any quotes used.

After the work is published in New Asian Writing, the copyright reverts back to the original author. The same story cannot be submitted to another electronic medium for a period of one year but can be submitted to a print media. After an year, the author is free to publish the story in any medium. Try to acknowledge the fact that the story was first published on New Asian Writing if you can. If you need to publish it with a non-profit organisation or for educational purposes, contact the Eds at the same email ID and permission maybe granted on a case by case basis. 

New Asian Writing will publish the selected stories on the website and promote the same.

By submitting your short story to New Asian Writing, you hereby agree to the above copyright clauses.

Please be advised that if you wish to post the story on your personal blog, post an abstract or paragraph and give the link of New Asian Writing to prevent duplication of content on the web. Do not copy-paste the entire text please.

Good luck and happy writing!

Before sending your submission, please go through the following check list and ensure that you have followed all guidelines. Incomplete submissions will be summarily rejected.

The entry should include-

1. Name of author and title of story in the subject line.

2. Glossary of foreign words (if any), one para author’s bio and a summary of the short story in the same document at the end.

3. A recent photograph of the author (attached separately in jpeg format). File name should be same as author’s name.

Failure to adhere to submission guidelines will result in rejection. The entry will not be read unless all formalities are complete.

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24 comments for “Submission Guidelines

  1. Jyothi
    13/01/2015 at 3:30 pm

    Is the date right?Dec 15 2015?

  2. 19/01/2015 at 7:12 am


  3. 17/02/2015 at 6:24 pm

    I have posted my story in FB notes. Would my story be qualified?

  4. 17/02/2015 at 8:23 pm


  5. ela
    05/06/2015 at 12:15 am

    Is there an entry fees?

  6. 06/06/2015 at 6:44 am

    No. No fee.

  7. Tarang Sinha
    18/06/2015 at 6:40 pm

    Is there any restriction for genre? Is horror fiction okay for this contest?

  8. 19/06/2015 at 8:48 am

    No restriction. All genres are accepted.

    02/10/2015 at 7:38 pm

    Quite explicit. But I have a query. My son is only 17 years old. And he has no website. He fulfills the other criteria, though. Can he submit one of his short stories?

  10. 06/10/2015 at 10:47 am


  11. Sunil Kaushal
    06/10/2015 at 11:18 pm

    Does Asian context mean that the story be based on Asian culture/ set in any Asian country but with a universal theme e.g. romance? Would a collection of short travelogues with a story weaved into it each qualify? Any limit to the no. of entries ?

  12. 07/10/2015 at 9:16 am

    Yes and one entry per author.

  13. Sunil Kaushal
    07/10/2015 at 11:19 pm

    My question was in two parts . Pls. clarify About Asian culture or geographical backdrop.
    Also, regarding travelogue is it one story or one collection in different locales ?

  14. 08/10/2015 at 8:12 am

    Please read submission guidelines. Its clearly mentioned you are free to interpret Asian theme in any manner.

    We cannot say anything until the submission is evaluated.

  15. Abhinav Kumar
    20/10/2015 at 2:36 am

    Are simultaneous submissions acceptable (so long as we intimate you immediately about acceptance elsewhere)?

  16. 20/10/2015 at 8:27 am


  17. Nivedita
    15/04/2017 at 1:18 am

    Can we submit using a pseudonym?

  18. 15/04/2017 at 2:49 pm


  19. Kaushik Roy
    07/05/2017 at 8:35 pm

    After submission, will we get any conformation mail whether the entry has been accepted for the competition or not? Also at the end of the competition whether winning entries will be published? If yes, then when we can read them?

  20. 15/05/2017 at 9:57 am

    all selected winners are informed through email. All winning entries are published on NAW.

  21. 30/07/2017 at 1:23 pm

    Hi . Is there a way where I can submit my just published book for review?

  22. 01/08/2017 at 10:29 am

    Please see about page.

  23. 06/02/2018 at 5:09 pm

    Hi, is the competition open?

  24. 11/02/2018 at 6:43 am

    Yes, its open now.

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