Beyond the Hijab features stories of real Muslim women living in Singapore.
We welcome all submissions from members of the Muslim community of all nationalities, 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 reproduced in any way except with permission of the author.
This Month’s Theme: Love & Relationships 💖
🎶 What’s love got to do, got to do with it? 🎶 That’s the question we’re thinking of this month, and we want to hear your stories!
Love and relationships. For some it might trigger a feeling of blissful wonder and comfort and for others it might trigger feelings of sadness, annoyance or even a cynical apathy. In an ideal world, the domain of love and relationships could perhaps remain personal — it’s just between you and the other person. But in our world, this deeply personal experience is at the same time, for better or worse, shaped, influenced, and affected by so many other factors. Our parents, culture, religion, gender expectations, societal norms and demands, amongst others.
Being a Muslim woman, how has love and relationships been experienced for you? How has it been limited, or enhanced, by these other forces? Was there an experience where you were able (or unable to) reconcile competing expectations and desires? Has your idea of love, or expectations of a relationship, been shaped by the cultural and religious expectations and pressures that we grow up with?
As long as your story fits the theme, we would love to hear it.
You have until Oct 3rd 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 be members of the Muslim community living 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 firstname.lastname@example.org