1. What is Ottawa Inshallah?


Ottawa Inshallah is a bilingual art anthology to be produced by artist Aquil Virani that features 25 Ottawa-based Muslim artists who dream of a better future.

The interdisciplinary project starts soon with an open call for submissions in any visual medium that can fit on a printed page – whether drawing, photography, henna art or poetry and writing. Two separate hour-long Zoom workshops will help artists brainstorm creative ideas to submit (if they need it). These online gatherings will also serve as a Q&A for prospective artists. Submissions will be judged by an esteemed jury of three. 25 selected artists will receive a modest honorarium and a free copy of the anthology.

2. Why Ottawa Inshallah?

Our stories. Reclaiming the narrative. Dreaming of the future. Building a budding Islamofuturism movement. Representing pluralism and dismantling the monolith associated with Muslims in broader, Western culture. Growing community strength and inter-community connection.

3. Download the full call for submissions

Click here to view and download the call for Ottawa-based Muslims to submit their art and writing to the anthology. Selected artists will be paid a modest honorarium. Email me at aquilvirani[at]gmail.com if you have any questions.

Send up to 3 separate submissions via email to ottawainshallah@gmail.com.

Use the email subject line: “Submission #1 – First Name Last Name” by 11:59pm ET on May 22, 2021. Step 1: Attach a square image in PDF, JPG or PNG format at a minimum of 2000 x 2000 pixels based on theme of “Ottawa Inshallah: A better future.” Writers may submit a short poem or prose as a Word document with the understanding that, if selected, this will be laid out by the book designer. Step 2: Copy-paste the following information of yours in the body of the email: Contact information, full name, age, email address, phone number, mailing address, artistic medium of the submission, artist website and/or social media handles (if you have them). Also include a combined biography and statement about the artwork (200 word maximum in the third person). Be sure to explain or suggest how your artwork relates to the theme.

Thanks to the City of Ottawa’s Diversity in the Arts fund for supporting the project.

Learn more about my artistic projects elsewhere on this website. Cliquez ici pour lire en français.