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Submission Guidelines

Ricepaper offers Asian Canadian context to ongoing arts and cultural issues, new perspectives on emerging and established Asian Canadian artists, challenges to the mainstream media perspective, little-known facts of interest, or a critical story that hasn’t been told elsewhere.

Before submitting work, please explore our site and be sure you are familiar with our approach. Pay particular attention to writing style and content. Articles for Ricepaper should have a literary approach and be written in language direct enough to be accessed by a high schooler, with adequate research and ingenuity to interest a university professor. Ricepaper readers are knowledgeable and intelligent. Avoid a pedantic writing style, bookish vocabulary, angst-ridden themes and excessively scholastic reasoning.



Asian writers of all cultural backgrounds are encouraged to submit non-fiction articles, stories, poems, and profiles relatable to Asian Canadians, many of whom are global citizens with ties to other parts of the world.

We focus on showcasing creative writing by Asian Canadians and material containing diverse characters, stories and/or themes pertinent to the broad Asian Canadian population. That said, we are open to accepting submissions from Asian writers around the globe so long as we can see a link between the content and an aspect of the Asian Canadian experience. Canada is home to people from all kinds of backgrounds. We can usually find a connection.



Ricepaper accepts unsolicited creative writing in the following genres: poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

Literary and Creative Writing (3000 words or less):
Previously unpublished short fiction, poetry (a limit of 3 poems per call), comics, play excerpts, and translated works

Features (2,000 to 2,500 words):
Articles offering original analysis, investigation and commentary on important trends in popular culture and socio-cultural issues affecting the Asian Canadian community

Profiles/Interviews (1,000 to 1,500 words):
Pieces on emerging and prominent Asian Canadian artists, cultural activists, alternative publishers, independent filmmakers and the like

Reviews (500 to 1,000 words):
Reviews of books, dance, theatre, film/media, and visual art by Asian Canadian writers, artists and performers of any genre

Paintings, illustrations and mixed media for the purpose of accompanying an accepted literary piece

Photographs to accompany textual content or for layout in an independent photo essay


Current Call for Submissions: Reflection
Deadline: October 31, 2017

Please download and complete the following Submission Form, and submit it along with your work to

Submission Form: Name_Theme_Genre

Expected response time: 3-4 weeks.

We ask for First North American Serial Rights (FNASR) should your work be accepted for publication. Authors retain all rights to their work after publication. We also ask that you grant us permission to archive your work online at

We request that authors acknowledge their work’s first publication in Ricepaper Magazine if it is reprinted elsewhere.