Open for Submission: Yuwana Zine

ASEAN Youth Forum (AYF) aims to accommodate the voices of young Southeast Asians. AYF believes that youth in the region has multiple life perspectives that can be expressed through creative processes and are worth-amplified further.

Therefore, AYF Secretariat is opening a submission for creative entries (visual, photographs, illustrations, poems, prose, writings, watercolor arts, basically anything) that would be bound into one zine that we will publish online, called YUWANA. Yuwana is derived from Sanskrit word yauvana meaning youth. It stands for young, uniting, witty, accessible, and non-discriminating activism.   We hope through this zine-making process, we could build solidarity among youth in the region.

Yuwana: A Zine

Download Issue #1 & #2 Here

Open submission until November 15, 2020, through here

Issue #3 of Yuwana will be published on the International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2020

Theme / Prompt: Days of Activism

Key Themes:

  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Nov 25)
  • International Women Human Rights Defenders Day (Nov 29)
  • World AIDS Day (Dec 1)
  • The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (Dec 2)
  • International Day of Disabled Persons (Dec 3)
  • International Volunteer Day (Dec 5)
  • World Soil Day (Dec 5)
  • International Anti-Corruption Day (Dec 9)
  • International Human Rights Day (Dec 10)


Alyana Cabral (The Philippines) is a musician, writer, and film score composer from Manila, Philippines. Her sound work fuses traditional or ethnic forms with experimental, and her performances are sonification rituals engaging with themes of womanhood, labor, nature, and struggles within colonial societies. Her activist practice largely draws from her involvement with pro-peasant and anti-feudal artist alliance SAKA (Artist Alliance for Genuine Agrarian Reform and Rural Development), as well as from Kababae Mong Tao (KMT), a women-and-arts multimedia platform co-founded by Cabral, wherein she organizes events and curates exhibitions. Cabral has performed at festivals over Southeast Asia and did residencies in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Berlin, Germany.

Instagram: @_teenagegranny

We accept creative works from any individuals who

  1. are between 15-35 years old
  2. are a national of / living in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam. 
  3. believe in the values of human rights, justice, democracy, and freedom (read The Yangon Declaration)



Page dimension is 210mm x 148mm (A5, Portrait)

Art must correspond to at least one of the key themes during 16 Days of Activism (see above)

One individual can submit any creative works (visual, photographs, illustrations, poems, prose, comic, meme, writings, watercolor arts, basically anything), in their native languages or English.

One submission must not be longer than 4-page space.

note: racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, ableist, or other works targeting specific groups of people will not be accepted. As we appreciate and respect artistic freedom, we don't tolerate any bigotry, hate, violence and discrimination in our community.

Before we publish, we will ask your consent and we will be finalizing the placement and set-up of your work in our final lay-out as we will also have some discussion over security concerns.

How to submit:

Fill out and upload your work through this form no later than November 15th, 2020

you can address any question to