Call for submissions – Epigraph Project 2020

Sena Park, Visitation, 2018. Photo by B. Bat Ogil

Sena Park, Visitation, 2018. Photo by B. Bat Ogil

Epigraph is a new project by Hainamana that will publish 8 online works by Asian New Zealand writers each month in 2020. Denoting a passage or quotation used to suggest the theme of a text, Epigraph will pair new and existing works with in-depth interviews to introduce audiences to writers and radical ideas.

Hainamana is now seeking submissions of new or existing poetry, prose, short fiction, or literary non-fiction. Emerging and established writers are both welcome to submit and writers are not required to write on a selected theme. Challenging or boundary-pushing submissions are encouraged, as well as works that are highly experimental in nature that respond to Hainamana’s kaupapa to create social and cultural agitation. It is recommended that pieces of writing be no more than 3000 words. A writer’s fee of $200 will be paid for all published work.

In addition, writers will also participate in a short profile interview to be published alongside their work. These interviews are intended to provide critical insight behind the works or the writer’s practice.

This year’s Epigraph works will be jointly selected by writer Alison Wong and Hainamana editor Amy Weng. Alison is a Chinese New Zealand poet, novelist and creative non-fiction writer now living in Australia. She was a poetry judge for the 2018 Ockham NZ Book Awards. In 2016, she was selected for the Sun Yat Sen University International Writers’ Residency. Her debut novel, As the Earth Turns Silver, won the 2010 New Zealand Post Book Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.

Submissions are due midnight Friday 31 January 2020. Please send submissions or inquiries to

Epigraph project is generously supported by Mātātuhi Foundation.