Expat Sat: 2 More Good Writing Contests for World Writers

Welcome to Expat Sat, the culturally kooky, map nonspecific, sometimes bewildering, always fascinating intersection of expat life and writing. And where every Saturday, I offer tips for writing and publishing to expat writers around the globe.

Just had to share these two opportunities for writers:

Fine Tea Competition 2011

Description: Fine Tea articles may be on any poems, stories or artwork/photography featured in the history of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. To see the kind of analyses we have published, please visit http://finecha.wordpress.com. However, you do not need to conform to the existing styles. Surprise us.

How to Enter: Submissions should be sent to t[@]asiancha[dot]com with the subject line: “Fine Tea Competition 2011.” Each individual can enter up to three articles.

Prizes: First: £25.00, Second: £15.00, Third: £10.00, Highly Commended (up to 3): £5 each. Payable through Paypal.

Deadline: August 31, 2011 (Winners will be announced in late September 2011.)

Judges: Tammy Ho, Jeff Zroback, Jarno Jakonen, and Bob Bradshaw (regular tea tasters)

The Kicker: None that I can see…unless you’re a coffee-only writer.

The Upside: There is no entry fee.

Advice: Definitely read Cha: An Asian Literary Journal before submitting. (You also might want to drink some tea.)

For full terms and conditions, click here.


Hyphen Magazine’s Asian American Short Story Contest (Deadline Extended to June 3, 2011)

Description: Hyphen and The Asian American Writers’ Workshop proudly present the 2011 Asian American Short Story Contest. We’re teaming up again to put on this national, pan-Asian American writing competition–the only one of its kind.

How to Enter: The submission process has two easy steps, both of which must be completed by June 3, 2011 and accompanied by a $20 entry fee (June 3 postmark deadline).

  • First, register here and pay the $20 entry fee by buying one ticket. You will receive a registration email with a Transaction ID, so please double check that you are typing your email correctly.
  • Next, mail us TWO COPIES of your short story with the title, page numbers, and Transaction ID on the top right of every page. The story should not feature any other identifying information, such as your name, phone number, or email address. Submissions should be double-spaced and mailed to:

Asian American Short Story Contest


6023 Chabolyn Terrace

Oakland, CA 94618


  • Open to all writers of Asian descent living in the United States and Canada. Previous employees, consultants, or volunteers of Hyphen or AAWW are not eligible.
  • Limited to unpublished short stories; no novellas or excerpts from novels. No required theme.
  • Up to 6,000 words in length.

Prizes: There will be two winners for the 4th annual Asian American Short Story Contest (1st place and 2nd place) along with eight other finalists. First place gets a $1,000 prize; cool prizes for all finalists and winners.

Deadline: June 3, 2011 (Entrants will be notified by or on November 1, 2011.)

Judges: Yiyun Li, who recently won a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship award, and Porochista Khakpour.

The Kicker: This contest is only open to writers living in the U.S. or Canada.

The Upside: The judges rock! Yiyun Li and Porochista Khakpour! Who wouldn’t grab the opportunity to get their writing in front of these two brilliant scribes?

Advice: Check out the winners of the previous three contests.

For full terms and conditions, click here.