Slut shaming. Contraception. Body dysmorphia. Ladette culture.
Impossible Disney princesses. The glass ceiling for women in
everything from banking to comedy. Acid attacks in South
Asia. Systematic rape in Sierra Leone. FGM. Saudi women permitted
to vote but not drive themselves to the polling station. Being told
it's, uh, you know, dude, a little bit uncool to call yourself a
feminist. Does this stuff get you down? Make your voice heard!
Channel your inner Dorothy Parker / Caitlin Moran / Margaret Atwood
/ Naomi Wolfe and you'll win wealth, fame and a one year digital
subscription to BUST Magazine.
magazine and community for feminists and alternative thinkers in
their teens and beyond, has announced a new annual international
feminist writing competition - Feminist Flash 2011.
The premise is simple: Write a poem or piece of fiction under
200 words with a feminist theme and post it on your blog, website,
Tumblr or DeviantArt account. (Don't have a blog? Me neither. I
googled "setting up a blog for dummies" and got lots of useful
advice, so don't let that put you off.) Entry is free. Global
entries are welcome. LGBTQ entries are very welcome, say
The panel of judges includes well-known feminist activists and
writers Lena Chen (founder of The Ch!cktionary), Julie Z (founder
of The F Bomb) and DIVA contributor and journalist Kaite Welsh.
The first prize winner will receive £100 (or your country's
equivalent), promotion of your work and a year's digital
subscription to US feminist magazine BUST. There are similar prizes
for two runners-up and ten shortlisted entries.
The competition closes on 30 November 2011.
Find out how to enter