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 permission of the author.
This Month’s Theme: Sexuality
Sexuality is a normal and significant part of the human experience. However, attempts to talk about it can often be awkward, difficult and even anxiety-inducing. While deeply personal, it is also an aspect of our experience that is governed by rules of social conduct and dominantly accepted ideas and expressions of sexuality.
The control over women’s sexuality is felt even before adolescence. As Muslim women, it can often be confusing, or even frustrating, to untangle and make sense of the narratives on female sexuality within our faith communities, and the competing ones that might exist in our larger communities.
For many of us, the journey into understanding our own sexuality meant navigating social messages and expectations around how we should conduct ourselves, and even value-judgements about the rightness or wrongness of our sexuality and how it is expressed.
What was your journey like when it came to your sexuality? What were the sources of comfort or distress for you in that journey? What are the things you wish you had known or you think should be taught? As long as your story fits the theme, we want to hear it!
A reminder that we allow writers to write under a pseudonym to protect their identity.
We would love to hear your important stories. Feel free to drop an email for queries.
You have until 17th October to submit.
Looking forward to hearing your stories
- 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 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 your submission as a word document to email@example.com