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Hyphen Magazine and The Asian American Writers’ Workshop proudly present the 2011 Asian American Short Story Contest – the only national pan-Asian American writing competition of its kind.

Now in its fourth year, the 2011 Asian American Short Story Contest will name 10 finalists and one grand prize-winner who will win a cash prize of $1000 and have the winning story published in an upcoming issue of Hyphen.

Judges for the 2011 contests include renowned Asian American writers:

  • Yiyun Li, a 2010 MacArthur Genius Award winner; author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, and, The Vagrants, winner of the gold medal of California Book Award for fiction.
  • Porochista Khakpour, author of Sons and Other Flammable Objects, a New York Times “Editor’s Choice,” Chicago Tribune “Fall’s Best,” and a 2007 California Book Award winner.

The first contest winner Preeta Samarasan was discovered based on her contest-winning story. She went on to write the acclaimed novel Evening is the Whole Day (Houghton Mifflin), which was long-listed for the Orange Prize.

Deadline is May 16th. Open to all writers of Asian descent living in the United States and Canada.

For more information:  www.hyphenmagazine.com/shortstory or www.aaww.org.

About the Contest:
Held in collaboration between San Francisco-based Hyphen, a non-profit news and culture magazine, and The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, the preeminent literary arts organization devoted to Asian American literature– the 2011 Asian American Short Story contest is a unique competition highlighting the amazing literary talent coming out of our communities. Garnering hundreds of submissions from all parts of the country and representing all peoples of Asian America, this contest has proven itself as a major cultural event.