Somali Youth Anthology

Somali Youth Anthology

Submissions due January 31, 2018

The Minnesota Humanities Center is excited to share that we are seeking submissions for a new anthology project of storytelling by Somali youth.

This first-of-its kind anthology will be edited by community leader Marian Hassan and will include the authentic, first-hand stories of Minnesota’s Somali youth (ages 10-30) around ideas like: what it means to be American, coping with loss and displacement, negotiating the charged identities of being a Muslim and a third-culture person, and much more.

The anthology will serve as a necessary act of self-representation for Somali youth in a challenging time where their multiple identities are often vilified. Through stories and storytelling, these youth will take inspiration and realize the power of their voices by sharing their experiences in a variety of creative formats, collected together as a tapestry of experience.

First draft submissions are due January 31, 2018. Submissions do not need to be polished and can be submitted in a variety of written, audio, or visual formats in English or Somali. Over the course of two months, after first-round submissions, selected youth will work with experienced community storytellers and writers to edit and develop their pieces. By May 2018, selected youth will have a final, workshopped draft to submit to the editorial panel for final review and assessment. The anthology will be published at a date yet to be determined.

We are so excited to see the stories and relationships that develop from this project!

Know someone who might be interested in participating? Click below to see the full submission guidelines.

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