As we enter 2021, many of us face uncertainty or grief, but the new year gives us a chance to dare to hope. And there is so much to hope for in the Asian American community, from the leadership of young Asian American activists on the protest lines to the rising profiles of Asian American artists, writers, and scholars on the national and global stages. This season, we’re hoping to publish poetry and visual art that embodies the spirit of a “love letter” to the future of Asian America. Maybe you have something to say to the young people in your life. Maybe you look at Kamala Harris and see a glimpse of your own childhood dreams or even the dreams you haven’t yet dreamed. Or maybe you’re thinking about the work we still need to do: about climate change, police brutality, anti-Asian racism, incarceration at the border, rising food insecurity, the model minority myth. Maybe you’ll channel the prophetic, the visionary; maybe you’ll see glimmers of hope in the ordinary. However you interpret this call, we look forward to hearing what you have to say. Please read our guidelines and tips carefully and send us your work by February 11th.
This call is open to all visual artists who identify as Asian American. We especially welcome submissions from artists who identify with marginalized groups within the Asian American community. If you are a young artist aged 14–24, we encourage you to send us your work during our Youth Folio submissions period (from March 11th–April 11th) instead.
- Please submit no more than four images at a time (additional pieces will not be considered).
- Your submission must also follow our general guidelines.
- For collaborative pieces, please submit under the name of only one artist but include all collaborators’ names in the "Description" field, in your cover letter, and in the manuscript itself.
- We are only able to accept a limited number of submissions each month under our Submittable plan. Should we reach our January limit before 1/31, this form will shut down temporarily, but please don't worry! It will reopen again first thing on 2/1.
- Questions? Please refer to our Submissions FAQ post on our blog; if your question isn't answered there, feel free to shoot us an email at editors [at] lanternreview [dot] com.