Style Guide

  • What we’re looking for are stories. They can be anecdotes about your life before, at, or after Rutgers. The can be accounts of things that happened to or around you, real or fictionalized. Or they can be something you made up entirely. Keep the intention of a narrative, which is different from an essay or newspaper articles or blog post, although the lines can sometimes be blurry.
  • Creative work includes prose and poetry; just make sure you hit the minimum of 700 words (for poetry, you can submit a series to hit the minimum, or multiple pieces, etc).
  • First and third person POV are allowed. For tense, please stick with past or present.
  • Have a title.
  • Write in English. Romanized foreign words/sentences (for example, if you have a character that calls someone “beta” or “habibi”) should be in italics and a translation should be provided either in a footnote or within the text for the benefit of readers unfamiliar with the source language.
  • For the spelling of commonly disputed romanized Arabic terms, consult the Wikipedia glossary. This is just to increase the organization and integrity of the compilation, and we promise you the end result won’t be using things like “ʾIn shāʾa -llāh.”
  • Have fun! If it’s not fun for you to write, it won’t be fun for others to read.
  • For any questions or concerns, please email rumsa.blog@gmail.com or tweet @godgivenly!

 

Theme

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنثَى وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ

“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you nations and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” (49:13) (Sahih International)

The theme for Project: Muslims of Rutgers is unity as Muslims; diversity as people. The theme comes from the above verse, and is meant to accentuate that we are one ummah, but with individual experiences and perspectives. You’re basically on topic by virtue of not being the same person who submitted something before or after you.

If you need some help coming up with your submission, here are some prompts! You can find some general writing tips to get creativity flowing over at our Tip Jar.

  • Family
  • Unity
  • Your #MuslimsOfRutgers experience
  • What’s it like to be Muslim in America?
  • Intersectionality
  • My favorite thing
  • What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you?
  • The most exciting thing you’ve ever done
  • Why Rutgers?
  • What’s one thing you wanna share with the world
  • What’s your story?
  • What made you feel good this week?
  • Your bravest moment
  • How you met your best friend
  • What you love about your parent or parents
  • When your life changed forever
  • How you overcame a fear
  • Why you will succeed
  • Why you made a difficult choice
  • A special place
  • A place you try to avoid
  • A surprising turn of events
  • Where you go to hide
  • Words that prompted hope
  • When a child taught you a lesson
  • Favorite time with family
  • The type of teacher you would be
  • A statue you’d like to see
  • If you could live anywhere
  • The greatest discovery
  • Something you can do that robots could never do
  • Your secret talent
  • The most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen
  • An accident that changed everything
  • Your favorite gift
  • A secret place
  • Why you’ll never tell a lie
  • A special morning