Call for Submissions: Etiquette Anthology (Singapore)

29 February 2012
Call for Submissions: Etiquette Anthology (Singapore)
Deadline: 15 March 2012


As some of you may know, Etiquette presented its inaugural literary event, Women Out Loud, last August, at The Substation Theatre, in an event graced by a full-house that spilled from chairs and onto floors.With the same spirit of enthusiasm with which we were so warmly met, we are attempting to put together an anthology comprising the works of emerging and established women writers who are Singaporean and/or are living in Singapore.

Anchor writers whose work is slated to be featured include Ovidia Yu, Dana Lam, Zarina Muhammad, Krishna Udayasankar and Tania De Rozario.

If you are interested in being part of this anthology, read on! smile


The anthology will be divided into three broad categories that run parallel to our visual, literary and filmic showcases:

Sitting Down & Shutting Up

Ever been told to behave more like a lady? Wondered exactly what this meant? Gender, not synonymous with biological sex, is often perceived as natural and binary, with opposing characteristics defined against each other. Why does being a woman involve such desperate performance? What codes of etiquette are involved and why? What happens when these codes are challenged, deconstructed and imagined away? What happens when the masquerade starts to end and the woman starts to begin?

Getting Down & Dirty

Ever killed a conversation mid-sentence by saying something completely inappropriate? There are so many issues pertaining to women’s bodies that are seen to be dirty, shameful or frightening. These range from natural attributes such as menstruation or sexual desires to acts of violence such as rape. Why have our bodies been sentenced to silence in a world where body image issues, eating disorders, sexual objectification and violence are perpetuated so largely, with women bearing the brunt of the consequences?

Truth or Dare.

A game in which the rules of everyday social interaction are temporarily suspended, Truth or Dare has been an excuse for many adolescent girls to share secrets with friends, assert sexual agency and create spaces within which truths are articulated under codes of honour and people are pushed beyond their usual social boundaries. When was the last time you did something you were not supposed to? Found yourself in a situation in which rules no longer applied? Treaded the thin line between what you revealed and what you concealed? Threw consequence to the wind?


This call-for-submissions is open to Singaporean women, women residing in Singapore and is trans-inclusive.


Poetry, Prose-poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, monologue, social commentary.


• For poetry submissions, send us 3-5 poems.
• For all other submissions, send us 1 piece of up to 3000 words.
• Multiple submissions are allowed.
• Works should not have been previously published in print.
• If work has been previously published online, please indicate publication.
• All work should be sent as Word Documents.
• Please include a recent CV and a 100-word bio as separate documents.
• Send your entries to with ETQ Anthology (YourGenre) as the thread name.


• Applications will be acknowledged within 10 working days of receipt.
• Proposals received after the mentioned deadline will not be reviewed.
• Applications missing any of the required materials will be not be considered.
• Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail by the end of April 2012.
• Applicants retain creative rights of their proposed works.
• All selected works will be chosen based on the merit of the work; CVs and bios are drawn upon only once the works have been selected, in order to facilitate any grant application procedures with efficiency.
• The Etiquette team bears no responsibility for submissions lost in cyberspace.
• The editorial team’s selection is final.


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