Cicada is a literary journal with a focus on writing that is generative, nuanced, experimental, and inclusive. We encourage submissions from anyone, anywhere, and are especially drawn to transnational perspectives, traditionally marginalized voices, and the global narrative.

Cicada publishes year-round and on a rolling basis. The digital journal publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and international literature in translation. For more details on how to submit, please visit our submissions page.


Karen Cheung
Managing Editor and Nonfiction Editor

Karen is a writer, editor, and journalist from Hong Kong. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Offing, Evergreen Review, and elsewhere. She is the author of The Impossible City (2022).

Ysabelle Cheung
Fiction Editor

Ysabelle is a writer and editor. Her cultural criticism and essay writing has featured in Artforum, Literary Hub, and The Atlantic. Her fiction and poetry has appeared in Catapult, Jellyfish Review, Brooklyn Review, and Cha.

Brady Ng
Nonfiction Editor

Brady is a freelance writer and editor. His work covers contemporary visual culture, world news from East and Southeast Asia, as well as tech.

Jacqueline Leung
Translations Editor

Jacqueline is a writer and a translator of contemporary Chinese literature. She is Asymptote’s Hong Kong editor-at-large. Her work has appeared in ArtAsiaPacific, the Asian Review of Books, Artomity, and Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine.

Xiao Yue Shan
Poetry Editor

Xiao Yue Shan is a poet and editor born in China and living in Tokyo, Japan. Her chapbook, How Often I Have Chosen Love, was published in the spring of 2019. She also works with Spittoon Literary Magazine, Tokyo Poetry Journal, and Asymptote. shellyshan.com.