New Asian Writing Short Story Competition 2022: Call for Submissions

The New Asian Writing Short Story Competition 2022 is now closed.

Writers from any country can participate. There is no participation fee (its completely free to enter).

New Asian Writing invites short stories that are original (never published in any medium and this includes both print and online media), in English (unfortunately, we cannot accept translations currently), and between 2500- 4500 words (this is the maximum lower and upper word limit including the title).

New Asian Writing will accept all stories that have some “Asian element”. It could be the setting of the story, the characters or even culture. Only the theme should have some Asian element. The writer’s nationality does not matter. We will accept your work even if you’re from Mars. It is unto you to determine how much or how little of Asian element you wish to include.

We are open for entries to writers, published or unpublished from anywhere in the world.  Please only submit one piece.

The 3 (first prize and two consolation prizes) selected stories will be published on the New Asian Writing site. the copyright will return to the author once the story goes live on New Asian Writing. However, the New Asian Writing site reserves the right to use these stories in future as part of an anthology.

Please submit the short story along with an author’s bio (third person and one para maximum) and author’s picture (passport size). Email entries to Subject line should be title and name of author and word count.


1st Prize : US$ 1000

Two consolation prizes: US$ 50 each worth of books (or cash equivalent)

Terms and conditions for the New Asian Writing Short Story Competition 2022

1. The New Asian Writing Short Story Competition 2022 is open to all nationalities. Minimum age to enter is 18 years. We established this award to provide a voice for writers especially from the South Asian region.

2. The entry must not have been submitted elsewhere including other competitions. simultaneous submissions are welcome but you must inform us and withdraw form the New Asian Writing Short Story Competition 2022 immediately if the entry is accepted as part of another competition while it is being judges by NAW.

3. Entries cannot be extracts from longer works or unfinished at the time of entry. We will not allow entries to be amended at a later date so please submit completed stories only.

4. One entry per writer only.

5. Winners will be notified at the email address stated in their entry. You can follow updates on our website and ask your queries on Twitter (@NewAsianWriting). The participant must possess a PayPal account and a bank account to receive the prize money. One of the editors will get in touch and decide upon the best route for transfer. Do not apply if you do not posses a bank account or PayPal address.

6. Please include your email address and other contact details in the body of the email. Please ensure your entry is sent in a word doc. format file. No other formats including pdf will be accepted. Only word files please.

7. Your entry must be submitted before midnight on 10th September 2022. Entries will not be accepted after this date. Please don’t leave it til midnight to submit your entry.

8. By submitting, the entrant grants New Asian Writing the right to publish their entry on The New Asian Writing site and/or in a published collection in the event of their work being shortlisted and/or winning the competition. The copyright of the works will return to the individual authors once the winning entry is published on our site.

9. New Asian Writing reserves the right to change the rules of this competition without notice.

10. The winner of the competition will be notified within four weeks of the closing date.

11. Any prizes offered must be accepted within 15 days, else it will be offered to the next writer.

12. The decision of the competition judges will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Do not send queries in the comments box on our site as these will be unanswered. All queries will be addressed via Twitter.