Call for Submissions: Writers and Storytellers

SAWCC, in partnership with students from Parsons School of Design, is presenting a night of storytelling by South Asian creatives at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in NYC.

We are seeking stories about experiences related to existing in public spaces, or about motia/mogra/Arabian jasmine flowers, from female, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, and trans members of the South Asian diaspora. 

This event is taking place in conjunction with an upcoming installation in Karachi this summer, which will feature sculptures created from motia (Arabian jasmine flowers) to explore the marginalization of femininity in South Asian public spaces, evoked by the 1905 Bengali feminist utopian tale, Sultana’s Dream.

Submissions should be 3-7 minutes in length when read aloud. You can submit nonfiction, fiction, spoken word, poetry, song, or a brief summary of your memory/experience that reflect on the theme. Please be sure to include your name and a brief bio with your submission.

Participants must be available to read in-person on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 7pm at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in Manhattan.

Please send your submissions to by Monday, April 11.