BROWN BODIES 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

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WHAT IS THE THEME?

This time we are looking to dive deeper into the idea of BROWN BODIES. What does living in a brown body mean to you? A site of growth and pain, often without our knowing. A place of comfort, home and care. Our bodies hold us, move us, sustain us. 

 

Our bodies carry memories of love and of trauma that quietly surface when we least expect, reminding us of what the body can hold. Do our bodies belong solely to us? What do we hold within these layers - is it honour in our skin and in our touch, is it pride in the ways we can move, is it shame from where we have been broken?

How do we survive when our body doesn’t work for us any more? When it doesn’t fit? How do we take care of it and from whom did we learn that? How do we love our bodies when others cannot? Or do you choose to adorn your body with jewellery, tattoos, clothes instead?

 

What does it mean to live in a brown body within multiple and different sites of oppression? We want you to lean into the broadness of this topic. Here are some ideas to get you thinking but they are by no means exhaustive so feel free to submit on anything you think fits:

  • The impact of living in a brown body in a white community

  • Adorning one’s body: jewelry, tattoos, clothing

  • Experiences of owning/not owning one’s self/body

  • Honouring the Black radical roots of self care

  • What we’ve learnt from the fat liberation movement

  • Relationship with food, eating, size

  • The myth of an ideal brown body

  • Touch, love and care as expressed between bodies

  • Survivorship as aided/sabotaged by the body

  • Touch and intimacy as it relates to sex/romance/family

  • Cultivating access intimacy as a way to directly challenge ableism

  • The body politics beauty standards

  • Practices of embodiment

 

We encourage you to submit whatever it is that feels important, urgent and needed to you. We do this for ourselves and our communities.

 

If in doubt, just get in touch at sanka.therightscollective@gmail.com

 

WILL I BE PAID?

We will be able to compensate all final contributors with a stipend of £30 thanks to some funding we received at the end of 2020. We have not previously received funding nor can we guarantee that we will continue to receive funding in the future for this project but we will try our best.

 

WHO CAN SUBMIT A PROPOSAL?

Open to anyone who identifies as part of the South Asian diaspora or wider South Asian community, including those from the Global South. We know “South Asian” is a category that can never capture who we are but we use these categories for lack of something better. Open to all genders.

 

WHAT CAN I SUBMIT?

We are looking for contributions in any form that can be captured in an online zine format - this may be short stories, poetry, posters, illustrations, short comics, non-fiction prose, social/cultural/political commentary, opinion pieces and other forms of creative expression. We welcome your expressions in whatever forms you feel called to create - fiction, non-fiction, angry, hopeful, love-filled, anxious, grounded, light, grey.

 

HOW DO I SUBMIT?

You can submit your proposal at bit.ly/brownbodieszine. Please note, at this stage, we are only asking for a short proposal of what you would like to submit. If accepted, you will have more time to prepare your full submission.

 

ARE THERE ANY OTHER GUIDELINES?

  • Written submissions should be in word format (.docx) so we can edit more easily.

  • All written submissions must be less than 1000 words.

  • Visual submissions as jpeg (or get in touch if something else).

  • Our editorial team can help you write, edit or translate your stories if required. Just let us know.

  • All submissions are subject to review by the editorial team. You will hear back regarding whether your piece has been accepted or not by mid-February.

  • You will have a further three weeks to create and finalise your submission after that.

  • The zine will be published at the end of March or early April.

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL?

*DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 23:00 10 FEBRUARY 2021*