Thank you for your interest in Slant’d. Before submitting projects to us, please familiarize yourself with our editorial vision and guidelines, as they differ between creative works.

Editorial vision

Our dream is to help future generations of AAPIs feel seen, heard, and loved—just as they are—through art and the written word.

Slant’d publishes stories that spark curiosity, introspection, and joy in children and adults. Our creative works center the voices of AAPIs while providing a refreshing perspective on the human experience beyond race.

Art by Felicia Chiao (Slant’d Issue 04: Revolution)
We prioritize art over accolades

Our inclusive editorial philosophy focuses on ideas, intent, and natural talent over achievements. We are committed to unleashing the potential of writers who have a great story to tell, regardless of their professional training or agented-status.

If you resonate with our mission and editorial vision, we encourage you to submit your work for consideration. We especially want to co-create with AAPI writers and artists who identify as disabled, neurodivergent, trans and LGBTQIA+, are over the age of 30, without an MFA, are unagented, or without professional / career training in the arts.

Art by Tiffany Lo (Slant’d Issue 03: Taboo)
Co-creation and community are at the heart of our work

Our editorial process centers the creative partnership between authors, illustrators, editors, and designers because we know the importance of having a deep bench of support throughout the creative journey.

Slant’d is a great place for creatives who are collaborative, are willing to hold themselves accountable, and believe that feedback is a gift. If you’re a creative who prefers working solo, requires hand holding, or isn’t open to guidance, then Slant’d may not be the right place for you.

Due to the volume of submissions, we cannot personally respond to most submissions. We will reach out if we are interested in pursuing your project.

Submission Guidelines

Our literary magazine is published annually and features personal essays, short stories, poetry, art, and photography by creators of all Asian backgrounds across generations, geographies, and experiences. Learn more here.

  • We intentionally only publish works by AAPIs. This includes mixed-race Asians and adoptees and folks who were not born in the U.S., but have been here long enough to consider themselves American.
  • We prioritize potential over polish and require a pitch, rather than a fully-written out piece or completed artwork. All submissions must be accompanied by a portfolio of sample work in order to be considered.

  • We only accept original story ideas and ask for FNASR (First North American Serial Rights). All submissions must be in English and previously unpublished.

  • Simultaneous submissions are okay as long as you notify us immediately if the manuscript is accepted by another publisher.

Please read the most recent issues to familiarize yourself with the types of stories we gravitate towards.

We are not currently accepting story ideas for the literary magazine.

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We’re NOT currently accepting submissions for our literary magazine.

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We are excited to curate our inaugural slate of books for 2025-2027! For our first list of titles, we will focus on short story collections, children’s picture books (ages 4-8), and untraditional memoirs.

  • Similar to our literary magazine, we will only accept work from AAPIs. This includes mixed-race Asians and adoptees and folks who were not born in the U.S., but have been here long enough to consider themselves American.
  • We accept agented queries and strongly encourage un-agented writers and artists to submit their proposals.
  • We only accept original story ideas and strongly support debut writing (published authors are also welcomed here!). We do not accept proposals for books that have already been self-published. We ask for FNASR (first North American Serial Rights).

  • We intentionally designed our query process to be as transparent as possible. Our submissions portals provide in-depth information about what your proposal(s) need so you’ll have exact breakdowns for what’s required in each part of the application.
  • We accept proposals on a rolling basis (i.e., there is no submission window). Our Editorial Committee will convene 2x/year to review proposals. All submissions must be in English and submitted digitally through Submittable. We will not accept unsolicited submissions via email.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay as long as you notify us immediately if the manuscript is accepted by another publisher.
  • If we're interested in moving forward with your book, then we will reach out directly. Please do not email us for updates.
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FAQ: Literary Magazine

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I’m a published author or an established artist. Can I still submit to be published at Slant’d?

Yes, of course! If your story idea is compelling, then we’ll consider it.

Can I submit a story idea if I’m an ally?

Thank you for supporting the AAPI community. Our publications intentionally center the voices of creators of all Asian backgrounds (including mixed-race Asians and adoptees). Out of respect, we ask that all allies refrain from taking up space in our publications to make room for more diverse voices.

Do you accept story ideas year around?

No. We don’t accept unsolicited submissions outside of the submission window (typically in February). Any story ideas pitched outside of that window will not be read or considered.

Are multiple submissions allowed?

Yes, but each story idea requires a separate application and relevant work samples.

Do I have to pay a submission fee?

In the spirit of accessibility, we don't charge submissions fees. However, as a completely volunteer-run organization, we encourage all applicants to make a tax-deductible donation to help us cover admin / tech costs.

Are international applications eligible?

Yes! As long as you consider yourself AAPI, we welcome your pitch.

When should I expect to hear back?

Due to the volume of submissions and Slant’d being a completely volunteer-run organization, we regrettably can’t respond to every submission. If we are interested in including you in the next issue, then you will be notified in March.

FAQs: Books

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Do I need a literary agent to submit?

No, we encourage un-agented writers and artists to submit their proposal, provided their project aligns with the types of work we publish.

I’m a published author or an established artist with a literary agent and have published with a different press in the past. Can I still submit a project?

Yes, as long as the work you’re submitting has not been published before (includes self-publishing)! Thank you for choosing Slant’d as a place to bring your story to life.

I wrote for the Slant’d literary magazine. Am I eligible to submit a book proposal?

Welcome back! Yes, you can submit a book proposal as long as it’s a debut piece of work or an extension of your piece from the literary magazine. Please make note of it your proposal.

Can I submit if I self-published a book in the past?

Yes, as long as the work you’re submitting for Slant’d has not been published before (includes self-publishing).

What is an "untraditional memoir"?

We define untraditional memoirs as those which break out of the conventional prose narrative memoir and offer alternative formats. Some examples: graphic novel memoirs (e.g., The Best We Could by Thi Bui, Good Talk by Miira Jacob, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel); cookbook memoirs (e.g., Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home by Eric Kim); illustration/ typography/ photography-based memoirs (e.g., Hold Still by Sally Mann, My Inner Sky by Mari Andrew, and I Always Think It's Forever by Timothy Goodman).

Are multiple proposals allowed?

Yes, but you must submit separate applications for each proposed project.

Do I have to pay a submission fee?

In the spirit of accessibility, we don't charge submission fees. However, as a completely volunteer-run organization, we encourage all applicants to make a tax-deductible donation to help us cover admin / tech costs. Think of it as a tip jar for our team's time, care, and energy.

Are international applications eligible?

Yes! We’d love to consider international submissions if the project meets the other criteria.

What goes into a book proposal?

We know that submitting your manuscript can feel overwhelming or scary, so we created our query process to be as transparent as possible. Our submissions portals provide in-depth information about what your proposal(s) need so you’ll have exact breakdowns for what’s required in each part of the application.

How do you evaluate proposals?

Our Acquisitions Editor (AE) will review every single application (yes, you read that correctly!), and compile a short list of titles based on criteria such as originality, quality of writing, and desired impact. An Editorial Committee comprised of Slant'd team members and community partners will provide feedback on the short list. Our AE and Publisher may schedule a virtual meeting to get to know you and ask some clarifying questions before selecting the final manuscripts for development.

When should I expect to hear back?

If we are interested in pursuing your project, then you will be notified within 6 months. However, as a completely volunteer-run organization, we regrettably can’t respond to every submission and will only be contacting those with whom we are considering moving forward.

Will you accept proposals for other genres in the future?

At this time, we are only focused on three genres for our inaugural list. However, our Programs are a great place to experiment with other genres and formats. Sign up for our mailing list or keep an eye on Instagram to be the first to know about any future calls for submissions.

If my book is selected, what will the contract look like and what would compensation look like?

Our #1 priority is to make publishing more fair and accessible for AAPIs. We plan to create equitable compensation packages that put the creatives first and do not disproportionately benefit one creative over another. If we decide to move forward with your book, then we will schedule a virtual meeting to discuss the details about your contract, compensation package, and ecosystem of support to take your book from idea to market.

I’m an illustrator, artist, or photographer and would like to be considered as a partner for your books. How do I get in touch?

We love to hear it! Please submit your interest here.

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