The nomination is notable because the majority of Rakim’s lyrics relate to his identity as a Muslim, which has gone on to influence other contemporary Muslim rappers.
Rifelion Media Announces South Asian Queer Joy Writing Competition
“Focusing on stories of queer joy in our communities allows us an opportunity to change the narratives of the stories told about us,” Rifelion said in their call for submissions, “imagining and therefore creating a better future and world for us all.”
Rifelion Media has announced a writing competition for fiction and narrative nonfiction scripts that celebrate themes of South Asian queer joy, which will be eligible for inclusion in an upcoming limited anthology audio podcast. The podcast will release during the U.S. month of Pride in June 2024. “Focusing on stories of queer joy in our communities allows us an opportunity to change the narratives of the stories told about us,” Rifelion said in their call for submissions, “imagining and therefore creating a better future and world for us all.”
Finalists will have the opportunity to attend workshops on writing for audio, facilitated by writing and podcasting industry professionals, and will have their submissions produced into an audio narrative podcast production. Interested finalists may have the opportunity to record and voice their own work.
There will be two rounds of submission for the Queer Joy writing competition — a pilot submission round from now until Nov. 20, and an official round of submission during January 2024. All eligible submissions received during the pilot submission process will also be considered during the final round of submissions, with a chance for writers to update their submissions at any time before the official submission deadline.
Eligible writers may submit fiction and nonfiction short scripts or narrative prose writing (roughly 8 to 12 pages and at least 2500 words). Eligible scripts must be written by a South Asian American in the LGBTQIA+ community, and its writer(s) must reside full-time in North America. Nonfiction submissions must be based on true stories, perspectives or experiences. Any final productions may be released anonymously at the request of the author
Finalists will attend a lab on scriptwriting for audio over the spring. Selected winners will receive $1,000, as well as the honor of having their submission produced for Rifelion’s Queer Joy Pride Anthology.
To review the rules and requirements of the writing competition, visit the link here, or reach out with questions about the submission process to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can submit your application at the link below.