Gerakbudaya invites young Malaysian writers to connect their experiences to issues facing the nation and the world at large, with the selected pieces to be published in the Young in Malaysia series.
Following the theme of the recently published collection of essays, Young and Malay edited by Ooi Kee Beng and Wan Hamidi Hamid, this new collection will expand to writers who wish to delve deeper into issues of identity.
Gerakbudaya writes: “How are experiences of citizenship affected by racial ambiguity, religious conversion, or membership of a minority group? How do identities transform when moving between the kampong and the city, between East and West Malaysia, or across national borders? And how do marginalized individuals such as transgender people and undocumented migrants navigate society if just stepping outside their door leaves them vulnerable?”
By penning their experiences, writers are encouraged to explore the nature of citizenship with the ever changing and complicated nature of identity.
Interested writers should submit either an essay or creative nonfiction of 2,000-5,000 words in English or Bahasa Malaysia by 30 December 2015. While young voices are preferred, all writers are free to submit their work.The shortlisted submissions will be featured in the publication’s still growing ‘Young in Malaysia’ series.