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, #3 and #4 Here

Open submission until Sunday, August 15, 2021, through here

Issue #5 of Yuwana will be published during International Day of Democracy on September 15th, 2021

Theme / Prompt: Expressing Remembrance (read theme statement by the curator below)


Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sofia Tantono’s 20 years of living has taken her from there to Qatar, Australia and back again. She is a writer of short stories, poems and essays whose works have appeared in Anak Sastra, Klandestin and twice in Yuwana Zine. They often deal with themes such as class, political critique and, as of late, her religious explorations. Her upcoming short story, which will appear in the Artists for Digital Rights Network’s debut publication, deals with the spread of disinformation in Indonesia stemming from the New Order era to today.

When not writing, Sofia can be found reading, browsing the internet or updating herself on current events.

instagram: sofias.writing

Theme Statement:

“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.” So goes the quote by Karl Marx. It isn’t necessary to be a history student to see this: the age-old patterns of exploitation, the state’s defiance of popular will, war, coups and liberators-turned-tyrants have continued unabated for tens of thousands of years and they don’t seem to be slowing down. In our digital age, exacerbated by the boredom of lockdown, we are exposed to tragedies, dark histories and coverups, both local and global, at previously unprecedented levels. Most people hear about these things to such an extent that they become familiar background noise accompanying everyday life. Eventually, this causes desensitisation.

But that is the problem. Desensitisation turns to apathy, which feeds into this tragedy-farce historical cycle. As an antidote, we must remember these events (not rare in the turbulent histories and socio-cultural zeitgeists of ASEAN nations), the lives they ravaged and the rights we were once deprived of. This is the only way to appreciate our current relative freedom of expression and fight for the day when it won’t be so relative anymore.

“Expressing Remembrance” is an invitation for artists to commemorate events, people and progress boldly and compassionately in a challenge to the status quo. In short, it asks for an artistic proclamation of “Never again!” This is how one truly channels the spirit and essence of the International Day of Democracy.

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, Vietnam, and other territories within Southeast Asia. 
  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 the theme of "Expressing Remembrance" (see statement 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 2-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 August 15th, 2021

you can address any question to