CALL FOR PROPOSALS
WHAT IS THE THEME?
This time we are looking to dive deeper into the idea of FINDING FAMILY.
When we think about the word "family”, many of us hope for a caring, non-judgemental space, but we know this may not always be true. Relationships within the family narrative - whether they be your birth family or your chosen family - are usually a lot more complicated than that. The concept of family carries with it weight of personal experiences as individuals, cultural norms and systems, and generational ideas and customs that have been deeply embedded within our understandings.
In South Asian communities, there has traditionally been a strong emphasis on the idea of community, often connected to the importance we put on family, familial connections and kinship. The collective nature of our communities encourages us to value family ties with the upmost importance, and while our practise of communal care and collectivism can be sources of deep enrichment and grounding, sometimes these dynamics can be a hinderance to us existing as our most authentic and vulnerable selves. Many of us will also form or join chosen families and familial communities as we grow, further complicating and interrogating the idea of family.
We would like to know, in any form of media - be it a drawing, video, writing, audio or anything else - how you feel your relationship to the idea of family has shaped you and your experiences in any or all of the communities that you are part of today. Feel free to be as brutally honest, vulnerable and transparent as you feel comfortable - we want this to be a space for you to share as freely as possible, without the pressure of being perceived or judged by anyone.
If you have any questions, just get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 pieces at bit.ly/FindingFamilyTRC..
ARE THERE ANY OTHER GUIDELINES?
Written submissions can be in submitted directly in the form of in a word format (.docx) so we can edit more easily
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.
The zine will be published at the end of March or early April.
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL?
End of day in your time zone, Monday 8 November 2021.