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Stone Bridge Café: Guidelines & Submission Info

Thomas Joel - Tuesday, June 06, 2017

We’ve done flash fiction. Now, to broaden our literary menu, we’re introducing a new platform: Stone Bridge Café.

Every other week, Stone Bridge Café will be serving up a wide spectrum of writing, including:
  • short story appetizers
  • poetry a la mode (haiku, tanka, free verse, etc.)
  • non-fiction hors d'oeuvres (essays, reviews, how-tos, short memoirs, travel journals, etc.)
  • photography morsels
  • digital art cocktails
Please submit your work for consideration! The only thematic requirement is that your piece must:
  • take place in an East Asian country; or
  • deal with an East Asian culture, past or present; or
  • (even peripherally) touch upon any aspect of East Asia, be it pop culture, history, politics, society, art, language, aesthetics, cuisine, etc.
Submissions selected by our editors will be published on our website and in our newsletter.

Submission guidelines & details:

  • Email your submission as a Word doc to
  • Include your name (as you would like to be credited), your bio (which will appear in the post), and how you found out about Stone Bridge Cafe. 
  • Your submission must have fewer than 750 words.
  • If your submission is accepted, you retain copyright but grant us non-exclusive, non-terminating rights to use and archive it on our blog and website and to share it with our online community.
  • We do not accept any previously published work or simultaneous submissions.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome, but please use a separate email for each one.
  • Accepted submissions will be published within two weeks to three months of submission.
  • We are unable to pay writers at this time.
  • Submission must be in English. We reserve the right to edit submissions for spelling and grammar and to make sure they conform to house style.
Check our website ( every week for updates.

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