LoveinshAllah.com Call For Submissions: #MuslimYouthRising
Format: Non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and art, including multimedia work
Deadline: All submissions must be emailed to stories@loveinshAllah.com by July 1, 2014.
This August, LoveInshallah.com is celebrating Muslim youth perspectives (18 -25 years old) for Muslim Youth Rising.
We want to hear your ideas in essays (600 – 1,200 words), fiction, poetry, art and multimedia (video, audio, new media) on topics including:
- Mosque/community cultures
- Your place in the world
- Your hopes and dreams for the future
- What you wish you could tell your parents
Tell us about the issues that are important to you. You may use a pen name if you wish. We want to hear from all perspectives, including orthodox, secular & cultural Muslims across sects, races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations.
Don’t worry if your submission isn’t perfect – we will mentor you through the process as needed. Send us your drafts and we will help them take flight!
Show us the world from your perspective. Share the issues you think adults need to know about. Teach us. You are the future and we are all ears!
Email drafts to stories [AT] loveinshAllah DOT com by July 1st for publication in August 2014.
Salon excerpted one of the most controversial stories from Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex & Intimacy. What do you think of the issues writer Maher Reham raises? You can also read Maher’s contributor spotlight on our website, here.
Curious to read more stories from Salaam, Love? Order the book today!
Tune into Salaam, Love contributor Haroon Moghul’s great interview with NPR Weekend Edition today. You can also read his story Prom, InshAllah online at the link!
“I think for a lot of American Muslims, especially those of us who are in some kind of community role, we’re forced to become, for lack of a better term, professional Muslims. A lot of the things that I wanted to do with my life, I was unable to do, because I realized that as an American, and as a Muslim, I had an obligation to become part of a conversation that we as a country needed. And I don’t regret that, and I think it was something that is the right thing to do. But unfortunately, I think in the process, we were forced to deny a lot of parts of ourselves.”
The Washington Post just published a great write-up on Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex & Intimacy!
“So much has been said about Muslim men, we thought it was time for them to tell their own stories in their own words about what’s important to them,” the editors said.
“Salaam, Love” seeks to counter stereotypes of Muslim men by offering stories of men who bare their emotions, admit mistakes, bask in memories of true love, recall heartbreaks, and reflect on caring for a dying wife.
The stories range from humorous to heartbreaking, while shedding light on who makes up Muslim Americans.
Love, InshAllah & Salaam, Love editor Ayesha Mattu had a fun and wide-ranging conversation today with HuffPostLive’s Yasmine Hafiz, Alyona Minkovski, and Ahmed Shihab-Eldin (aka, “Mr. May”, pictured above) on shifting & complicating the narrative about American Muslims and what REALLY makes a person hot & pinup-worthy.
Thanks to all of our wonderful readers who joined the conversation! If you missed it, catch it online, here.
The “Mipsterz” video has been making waves in the American Muslim community. What are your thoughts about the video?
The range of commentary from the Muslim community seemed to range from “beautiful, cool, diverse and vibrant” to “what’s the point?” (what’s the point of any music video?) to some terrible shaming of the women involved in front of and behind the cameras.
Some commentary we appreciated.
“Somewhere in America?” by Professor Su’ad Abdul Khabeer; “Somewhere on the Internet, Muslim women are being shamed” by Rabia Chaudry; “Somewhere in America, Muslim women are ‘cool’” by Sana Saeed; and “Somewhere in America, Muslim women are freaking out & fitting in” by Nadia S. Mohammad.
AltMuslimah also interviewed the filmmakers.