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Beyond the Hijab features stories of real Muslim women living in Singapore.

We welcome submissions from members of the Muslim community in Singapore of all ethnicities, orientations, and hijab preferences to submit written pieces – poems, monologues, songs or even raps! Write about the issues you care about, the challenges you face spiritually or in your daily lives, and what your religion means to you. From issues on women’s rights to generational clashes and love and relationships. Use this blog to let your personality and uniqueness shine ladies! Beyond the Hijab is a place to celebrate the trials, triumphs and even sometimes cringe-worthy awkwardness of being Muslim women. You can submit under a pseudonym if you want to maintain anonymity and submissions will not be reproduced in any way except with the permission of the author.

This Month’s Theme: Hope

“Your opponents would love you to believe that it’s hopeless, that you have no power, that there’s no reason to act, that you can’t win. Hope is a gift you don’t have to surrender, a power you don’t have to throw away.” – Rebecca Solnit
 
We live in precarious, anxious times. A time of climate breakdown, capitalist accelerationism, a resurgence of fascism, & continued attacks on social welfare & safety nets. In such times, hope can seem naive, unrealistic. Even in our own individual lives, to have hope can seem irrelevant, utopian & even painful.
 
But some have found hope can be the thing that drives you away from the grip of despair into action & insistence on a better possibility. Some have found that hope gave them strength to keep moving.
 
What does hope mean to you and how has it been experienced in your life? Do you have a critique on the way hope is perceived or if it’s even useful? Has hope been the thing that pulled you through a difficult time? How was it present in your life? Was it an image of reunion with a loved one, a safe home, financial security, or freedom from the terrible present? Was it a pet, a moment of success, or an experience of kinship?
 
We want your stories, visions, poems, manifestos.
 
Writers are allowed to write under a pseudonym to protect their identity. Feel free to drop an email for queries.
 
You have until 10th March to submit.

Looking forward to hearing your stories

Submission Guidelines

  • All pieces must be original and submitted in the English language unless you can provide a translation.
  • Submissions must be between 600 – 2000 words.
  • Authors must be Singaporean or PR and be members of the Muslim community in Singapore.
  • If selected, your piece may go through an editing process. We may request some changes or edits, but only because we want the strength of your piece to be fully realised!
  • We provide an honorarium for selected pieces.
  • Submit below or email as a Word document to team@beyondhijab.sg

 

 

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