For daikon* issue #5 we invite you to respond to the theme ‘migration stories’. How do borders and moving across borders shape our lives, identities, and communities? How do stories of migration help us interrogate nationalist and colonial histories, the neocolonial present, and our own position in racist, (cis-)sexist, and capitalist systems?
Our stories are both erased and inscribed upon us by white media.This issue wants us to take control of them, but also reflect on whose stories are told over others. How do those untold stories challenge our narratives of ‘Asianness’? How can we know and learn from our histories, and what may prevent us from doing so?
For this issue, we encourage a range of submission types, such as personal/family stories and historical research pieces. Feel free to interpret the theme as you like, and tell your story through text, poetry, illustration, photography or the medium of your choice. For written pieces 1800 words is the max limit, and we welcome submissions in all languages (with English translation)! Email your submissions (and questions) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 20th of May!
We accept submissions by Southeast and East Asian women and non-binary/trans people!
daikon* realises that free labour is not always an option in the systems we exist in. In the future we want to be able to compensate every contributor for their work. For now, we are able to offer three £30 commissions for contributors who would otherwise be unable to submit. Contact us with a few sentences describing your proposed submission if you are interested. All contributors will receive a free copy of the issue, and will be featured on our website.
To those interested in illustrating for written pieces: we will send out a call for illustrators later, so watch this space!