Submissions Guidelines for Chinatown Stories: Volume 2 Aunties, Elders, and Ancestors 

Submissions Guidelines for Chinatown Stories: Volume 2 Aunties, Elders, and Ancestors 


Chinatown Today Staff

Submissions Open: July 11, 2019

Submissions Close: August 21, 2019

Aunties, Elders, and Ancestors 

Through various methods and means, whether they be in immediate memory or beyond our reach, we find ourselves here in Chinatown through the efforts of our elders and ancestors. Discrimination forced early Chinese and South Asian migrants into a part of the city that was deemed undesirable, where the land is marshy, the air quality poor, and noise overwhelming. Despite this and drawn out racial divides, they were able to reform it into a space for businesses and homes away from home. It became, and still is, a place where generations of immigrants could meet their needs, forge relationships, and create memories. By considering the influences of elders or the paths of our ancestors, perhaps we can better understand our place in Chinatown today.

What do our relationships to our ancestors look like on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh lands? How do we honour our relationships with our ancestors as settlers and immigrants? How are our relationships to space and familial lineage both a site of comfort and contention? Where do we go to forge relationships that ground us in community and identity?

How has Chinatown become a site for honouring our histories of migration? And, more broadly, how have our histories of migration impacted the way we think of our personal, familial, and ancestral histories? For Chinatown Stories: Volume 2, we are asking contributors to share their stories about the politics of migration, families and ancestors (chosen or otherwise), and delve deep into histories that are personal, political, and ongoing.


SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES: Please send your submissions to with all pieces attached into one .pdf/.doc/.docx format. The email subject line should look like “Your Name/Genre/Submission Title/Volume 2.” Please do not attach your name to the files of your submissions. 

Along with your submission we ask that you also send an artist statement and bio (no more than 250 words) so we can get to know you a bit more!

NOTES FOR CONTRIBUTORS:  Chinatown Today purchases first North American Serial Rights for published works that revert back to the author/contributor upon publication. We ask that the pieces we publish are appearing in publication for the first time. We accept pieces that have appeared on personal blogs or portfolios this includes social media platforms such as twitter and instagram.  We ask that you include a statement of acknowledgement to Chinatown Today in any subsequent reprints.


FICTION/NON-FICTION (Online/Print, up to 2000 words):

  • Submit a maximum of 2 pieces
  • Use single spaced, 12pt font in Times New Roman in either a .pdf, .doc, or .docx format. Please submit one pdf.
  • Word count per piece: approximately 1000-2500 words
  • Publication rate: $50 per piece

POETRY (Online/Print): 

  • Submit a maximum of 3 pieces
  • Use 12pt font in Times New Roman in a .pdf format
  • Publication rate: $30-$50 per piece

PHOTOGRAPHY (Online/Print): 

  • Submit a maximum of 3-10 pieces
  • Image specs: jpegs, 72 dpi, 2000px on the longest side, sRGB profile
  • Attach an artist statement describing your photo series (this may also include any text that accompanies your project/photo series piece)
  • Publication rate: $30-$50 per piece


  • Submit a maximum of 3-5 pieces
  • Attach an artist statement describing your project
  • Publication rate: $30-$60 per piece


  • Submit a maximum of 2 pieces, each piece being up to 15-20 minutes long
  • Attach a synopsis for each film, approximately 150-200 words
  • Publication rate: $60-$80


If you have any questions, please email or and we will be more than happy to get back to you!