The AAWW Fellowships for Emerging Asian American Writers in New York

Applications for the 2020 Margins Fellowship are now open. Deadline EXTENDED to Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 11:59 PM. Apply now!

All applicants must read our FAQ before applying.


"The Asian American Writers' Workshop was a secret door that opened and cared about and supported my work as a writer... It was such an important moment in my life as a writer to be there." —Jhumpa Lahiri  

What do novelist Monique Truong, poet Cathy Park Hong, and journalist E. Tammy Kim all have in common? Each were mentored and supported by AAWW fellowships early in their careers. We're dedicated to incubating the next generation of Asian American writers—and we've got our eyes on YOU.  

AAWW is proud to offer two opportunities for emerging NYC-based Asian American writers. The Open City Fellowship give writers the opportunity to write and publish narrative nonfiction over the span of six months on the vibrant immigrant communities of New York City. The Margins Fellowship is an opportunity for four emerging creative writers, aged thirty and under, to establish a home for their writing. Our online magazines have featured work by Chang-rae Lee, Jessica Hagedorn, Vijay Iyer, Kim Hyesoon, Hanya Yanagihara, Amitava Kumar, and more, and been linked to in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and The New Inquiry.

Open City documents the pulse of metropolitan Asian America as it's being lived on the streets of New York right now. We're looking for writers to create deft, engaging narratives that bring the face, name, place, and heart of the community to issues like gentrification, labor, and community policing. Open City will offer a $2,500 grant, skill-building workshops, and publishing opportunities to writers to write on the vibrant Asian immigrant communities of New York City as part of two fellowship opportunities: The Open City Neighborhoods Fellowship and the Open City Muslim Communities Fellowship. All fellows will be selected for a six-month period, from September 2018 through February 2019. The Open City Neighborhoods Fellowship will fund writers to work on neighborhood-based projects in spaces such as Sunset Park in Brooklyn, Manhattan's Chinatown, and Flushing, Jackson Heights, and Richmond Hill in Queens. The Open City Muslim Communities Fellowship funds writers from communities under attack from Islamophobia to publish narrative nonfiction about Muslim communities in New York City. Now accepting applications for the Fall 2019 Open City Fellowships.

The Margins is our online magazine of arts and ideas. We seek to bridge the allegedly contradictory worlds of literary thought and social justice, pop culture, and critical theory while engaging with immigration, race, and transnationalism. The Margins Fellowship grants a $5,000 fellowship, mentorship, work space, career guidance, and publishing opportunities to four Asian American creative writers for a full year. Fellows also receive special residency space at The Millay Colony for the Arts, a seven-acre artists retreat space at the former house and gardens of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Applications are open now for The Margins Fellowship! Submit by September 12, 2019.
One-year fellowship for Asian American writers, aged thirty and under, of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Four creative writers each receive:
  • $5,000
  • career guidance
  • mentorship
  • publishing opportunities
  • access to writing space at AAWW
  • residency time at the Millay Colony
  • and more...
Please read our FAQ
Applications are not currently open for The Open City Fellowships
Six-month grant for Asian American writers of narrative nonfiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, and journalism. Three writers will each get:
  • $2,500
  • career guidance
  • publishing opportunities
  • skill-building workshops
  • and more...
Please read our FAQ

The Margins Fellowship and Open City Project Grants are funded by The Jerome Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, and the New York Community Trust.

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