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Open Writing Contest: “More Than My Color…”

Silhouettes of faces side-by-side above the contest name, "More Than My Color: Reclaiming Our Narratives"

The narratives that define us should be ours, as should the stories comprising them. SEWA-AIFW offers a safe space to speak your truth and shatter the model minority myth. We look forward to reading about how you are More Than Your Color!

We’re introducing SEWA-AIFW’s latest open art contest! “More Than My Color…” is a chance to reclaim our narratives with stories of our own, be they stories, poems, or other written works. This is an invitation to share your story about race, color, and identity. Be creative, be strong, and most importantly, be you!

Please make sure written works are 800 words or less. “More Than My Color…” is open to all students and adults (aged 16+) of South Asian descent.


About This Contest

Race is a burning topic, so is color!

Every day we see and live in the shades of our skins. But is this the only way to see a
person, value them, acknowledge them? If you are an immigrant, a child born to
immigrants, or someone who has called this land home for generations but look
“different”, SEWA-AIFW invites you to share your story about race or color. and
(re)claim your identity—the freedom to be you!

The narratives that define us should be ours, as should the stories comprising
them. SEWA-AIFW offers a safe space to speak your truth and shatter the model minority myth. We look forward to reading about how you are More Than Your Color.

“More Than My Color” Contest Description


Entry Information

The submission deadline for “More Than My Color…” is May 5, 2021.

  • Send us a story, poem, or other written work (800 words or less)
  • Open to students 16+ and adults of South Asian descent living in MN
  • Awards and recognition will be given as follows to our top three submissions.
    • First prize: $150; Second prize: $100; Third Prize: $50.

SEWA-AIFW will reserve the right to utilize your submission, for SEWA purposes only, including but not limited to online, in print, and for marketing and/or fundraising purposes.

We look forward to reading about how you are more than your color!

Click here to read the contest page and submit pieces.

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