Call for Submissions from the Arabian Gulf

Calling All Gulfie Kids!

Did you grow up in the Arabian Gulf? If so, The Common wants your work for its Fall 2021 issue, which will feature a portfolio on migration, disorientation, and complicated relationships to “place” in the Arabian Gulf. 

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What little literature is available about the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) tends to dramatize the harsh working conditions of construction workers or house maids; what is often left out is the more pervasive experience of middle class itinerancy. The Gulf is a transient place where fresh blood is forever flooding in and slipping out and yet, for newcomers, the leap from migrant to citizen is never made. You are likely to move and keep moving. 

Rather than being divided in the classic diasporic model, caught between two distinct cultures and equally marginalized in each, the Gulf has birthed an entire generation of third-culture kids with roaming lifestyles. The Common’s Fall 2021 Gulf portfolio will examine these themes of millennial nomadism, civic detachment, pliable identities, and other themes, as made possible by the Arabian Gulf. 

If this speaks to you, speak to us! We’re looking for fiction, poetry, and essays in English. Submit here from July 1–November 30, 2020.

In collaboration with guest co-editor Noor Naga.

Call for Submissions from the Arabian Gulf

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