Thank you for your interest in Peril. We are currently closed for submissions, but will be reopening mid-year for Edition 36: History Repeats. Stay tuned for dates!

In 2019, we will feature the following three themed editions.

Edition 35: Man up will ask questions about masculinity, particularly how and to what end racialised identities are gendered and sexualised? If Hollywood is changing views of Asian men, how is that change expressed, and how do these new/”re-viewed” men play their role in the rapidly evolving dynamics of gender in our cultures?

Reject, embrace or identify with the naming as you will, but we want to know what you think about masculinity and the way masculinity is constructed and construed in Australia. How do Asian men in Australia engage with the ways we are learning and unlearning to be a man?

If ethnic stereotypes of Asian men in the west relegated East Asian men, in particular, to “neutered ninjas”, what histories, presents and futures must we embody to enable a complex vision of manhood? Is the Crazy Rich Asian option really an option to debunk masculine sterotypes? Chris Pang told us he was sexy (implicity) back in 2012, why isn’t this already fixed yet, folks? Can we love our K-Pop flower boys, or are we craving our version of Black Panther? What of #MeToo and the multiplier risks of racial and gender stereotypes in enabling sexual assault and harassment? If Asia stretches from the Suez Canal to the Pacific Ocean, how are the geopolitical specifics of gender changing?

Edition 36: History Repeats considers, as many have considered before us, the past as prologue. We want you to look back at Australia’s history and explore our Asian migrants, workers, travellers, visitors and intruders and tell us what might have been? We can’t wait to see what you do when you move the narrative gaze and animate the archive. (Opening June) 

Edition 37: Testing Times, here we’re asking what it means exactly to be ‘Australian’ – what it takes to pass, what it takes to fail. We will be bringing this edition to you right around the time of Australian Citizenship Day, so whether or not you think you’d ace it or burn it, we want to know what you think about the ways in which we become or do not become Australian. (Opening August)

If this is your first time contributing, or you have an idea that is a little out of the box, then you’re welcome to email your pitch to

Please consider our contribution guidelines:

  • We accept contributions of art works, prose, poetry, non-fiction, essays, blog posts with a word limit of 1000 words (where applicable), a relationship to issues of Asian Australian interest, and a connection to the issue theme.
  • We consider previously unpublished, original work, however, simultaneous submissions are acceptable. We ask only that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • We welcome submissions in creative and new media interpretations of “literature”, including video, audio and text format, graphic stories, sound or visual art, as long as it can be presented online and has a relationship to story.
  • You don’t have to identify as Asian-Australian to contribute, but your contribution should be of Asian-Australian interest. Check out our back editions to see what we publish.
  • Our editions are themed and you are welcome to include a short (100 -200 word) artist statement, which may outline the work’s relationship to that theme.

Please note we are currently only able to pay Australian contributors for themed editions due to our current funding arrangements. International contributors are welcome to email us to discuss. We look to pay our contributors equally, depending on the number of successful submissions. Our average payment rates are between $50-100.

To stay in touch around contribution dates, please connect with us on Facebook or Twitter so that we can let you know of any upcoming writing opportunities. We also welcome suggestions for edition themes or articles because we think you’ve got great ideas.