A friend of mine in 2008 encouraged me to write for this anthology, and I did, and insha'Allah it'll be my first piece of published writing. I wrote a short autobiographical piece called, "A Man's Hands," which I think I excerpted at my old journal at the time. That story was about my discovering that me and a non-Muslim classmate liked each other while still holding onto the image of MTQ (who I named Sadiq in the story) and trying to decide for myself what it meant for me to be a Muslimah in the face of a burgeoning relationship.
Well, that relationship didn't happen (womp womp womp), but another one did, so I guess it's still a relevant story. I still had to evaluate what it meant for me to be a Muslimah in a relationship with someone who does not identify as Muslim.
Yes. So it doesn't have to be an actual relationship, just our experiences. Heh, I suppose at this point, I could do a follow-up. I would have to come up with a different name for B. But I don't think I'd do that to him, fronting him like that, haha.
Anyway, check this out!
As many of you know, we started an anthology project a few years ago entitled Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women. We received some incredible submissions and great feedback from agents and publishers. We’ve been asked to include more stories and are reaching out in the hopes that you will consider writing and/or help us spread the word.
We are soliciting auto-biographical stories written by American Muslim women on love, sex, dating or courtship. While we prefer that authors write under their real names, we recognize that some topics – including sex, sexual orientation, polygamy, mutah marriages, etc. – are sensitive, so we are accepting a limited number of anonymous submissions.
If you are interested in submitting a piece, please send a first draft (1500-4000 words) by Monday, February 28th to relationship[dot]anthology[at]gmail[dot]com.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Thanks for your help and support!
Love,A & N