Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions: Tao of Parenthood: An Anthology of Essays


Call for Submissions

Tao of Parenthood: An Anthology of Essays

There is no essential “Tao” or “way” of parenthood. This literary anthology of personal essays by and about writers of Asian ancestry will try to capture the multitude of perspectives on the impact of Asian culture, heritage, and identity on your experience as a child, on raising children, or on deciding whether to have children.

We are seeking men and women writers from various Asian culture and perspectives to submit essays of all forms that explore and expand notions of Asian family life. For this anthology “Asian” includes Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives). We also welcome those who are not of Asian descent, but are raising children of Asian descent.

Tell us a unique, true story about growing up Asian or raising Asian children. Interview your parent or child. Explore your views as a child or now as an adult. Our primary criterion is that the narrative be engaging, true, and well-written.

Submission deadline is April 1, 2012.

Email your 750-3000 word essay for consideration as a Microsoft Word file (DOC, DOCX), PDF, or text file to along with a brief email introducing yourself.

Unpublished work is preferred, but your previously published work is welcomed if rights have reverted back to you and you can supply a text file. Expect a decision within 3 months of submission. Simultaneous submissions accepted.

We do not have a publisher yet, but we are seeking publication by April of 2014. At the very least, we will pursue print-on-demand and e-book format. We would like to pay our contributors, but at this point, this is a volunteer effort and we hope to raise enough money to offer contributor copies.

Please contact Anh Nguyen Merrick ( with questions.



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