Aqdas Aftab is a nonbinary writer, reader, and dreamer from Islamabad, currently getting their PhD in decolonial trans literature. Aqdas is often thinking about prison abolition, queer speculation, and the healing power of dandelions. Some of their words can be found in Bitch Media, The Rumpus, Yes Poetry, and Transcendent 4: The Year's Best Speculative Transgender Fiction.
We would like stories that are joyous, horrific, hopeful, despondent, powerful and subtle. Write something that will take our breath away, make us yell and cry. Write unapologetically in your local patois and basilects in space; make references to local events and memes to your heart’s content. Write something that makes you laugh and cry. Indulge in all the hallmarks of your heritage that you find yourself yearning for in speculative literature, but know that we will not judge you based on your authenticity as a Southeast Asian.
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