Sikh women: what does your love story look like?

Today, a new project seeks to explore further the love expressed by Sikh women in its many forms, as told in their own v...

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At its core, Sikh scripture – the Guru Granth Sahib – is a testimony to the love and longing of the Divine. Many shabads (hymns) contained within the Guru Granth Sahib use the metaphor of a bride’s devotion to her beloved to express the relationship of human being to the Divine.

Consider this shabad written by Guru Amar Das, the third Guru of the Sikhs:

The Gurmukh is the happy and pure soul-bride forever. She keeps her Husband Lord enshrined within her heart.

Her speech is sweet, and her way of life is humble. She enjoys the Bed of her Husband Lord.

The happy and pure soul-bride is noble; she has infinite love for the Guru.

A woman’s love and devotion is a powerful and recurrent metaphor in Sikh philosophy.

Today, a new project seeks to explore further the love expressed by Sikh women in its many forms, as told in their own voice. An anthology of short stories written by Sikh women about their experiences in love is being collected:

Announcing a groundbreaking collection of love stories written by Sikh women about Sikh women living in the United States and Canada. We believe at the heart of each Sikh American woman, there are multiple love stories that inhabit the mind, body, and soul. The geography, politics, and social climate of the United States and Canada have shaped these love stories into unique and fascinating narratives.

What does your love story look like? We want to hear your story. This collection of stories will allow Sikh women to tell their stories within our communities and within the broader American context in our own humorous, dramatic, and engaging voices. We hope to humanize the complexities and nuanced experiences of the Sikh women who manifest love.

We request that only North American (United States and Canada) women who have a love story to share. We also request that the writing, although non-fiction, be written in a story format, written creatively and not so much an academic or historical essay.

SUBMISSION RULES: Work submitted must be non-fiction and autobiographical. Author must self-identify as a Sikh and American or Canadian woman.

WORD COUNT: Word count for submissions must be between 1500 – 4000 words, double-spaced.

DEADLINE: Final story draft due by December 15th, 2012.

DETAILS: Please send your commitment to submit in the body of your email to [email protected] by September 15th, 2012. Please remember to include:

  • Name (in full)
  • Age
  • Location
  • Contact information (e-mail address/phone number)
  • The themes that will shape your narrative (one to two sentences)
  • Please indicate if you want editorial support for this writing process. The editorial support is optional.

Final submissions do not guarantee publication, but our project is committed to honoring every woman’s story.

CONTACT: Please email [email protected] for questions.

This is an exciting project that will bring forward the voice of Sikh women. If you are interested in contributing your story, please contact [email protected].

More information is available from the full Call for Submissions, which you can download here.

Excerpts from Call for Submissios:
We first start by expanding upon the notion of love as a Sikh to not only include romantic love, but also the daily love that manifests in our day]to]day lives. In our journeys as Sikh American women, love can be expressed through lovers holding hands, singing a shabad, eating a good meal to nourish onefs body, hiking an unknown terrain, traveling a new country, holding a sick child close, fighting for civil and human rights or even embarking on the journey to falling in love with ourselves as women and human beings, spiritual beings. These stories are dynamic and in constant motion and not limited to what is listed above.
A love story may not have the ending we expect, but the journey itself helps navigate the terrain.....
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