SBS is looking for the next generation of diverse Australian writers.
Like many others from diverse backgrounds, I’ve struggled to see myself, my experiences and my values in literature and art that has been marketed to me.
The ongoing debate about whether Frida Kahlo was guilty of cultural appropriation is a reminder of ways in which access, power and visibility shape our...
For 20 years I worked as a counsellor with children and families, and children see the world in such a different way to adults.
Dad called me afterwards and said: ‘I know you’re too young to get married but hear me out …’
The most common attack of all seemed to be “if you don’t like it here, leave”.
At age 19 I was awarded Dux of my school in regional Victoria - the ‘clever blind boy’. Back then I had no vocabulary for what was happening or what was so...

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SBS Emerging Writers' Competition

Do you have a story about growing up in diverse Australia? Tell your story for the chance to win $5000 to further your storytelling career. Entries open August 15, 2020. We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to enter.

SBS is looking for the next generation of diverse Australian writers.
“The SBS Emerging Writers’ Competition is so necessary and important. Given the rich diversity of Australia’s multicultural communities, we don’t nearly have...
Your memoir piece may be poignant, humorous or a mix of both. The important thing is that it’s your story, and no one else's.
"When people ask me ‘is diversity is important?’ I say first of all, we are already diverse, we shouldn’t have to force things on people because the diversity and...
Read the terms and conditions for SBS Emerging Writers’ Competition here.

SBS Emerging Writers' Competition FAQ

Here's everything you need to know about the SBS Emerging Writers' Competition

Dating

What makes you swipe left in frustration? And what are the pitfalls of being judged purely on your looks? Young Australians talk candidly about their dating lives.

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“It’s even better that you’re Vietnamese because I have a thing for Asian girls.”
The online “Asian Woman” is less person, and more product. Specifically, a product for aesthetic pleasure, where “good aesthetics leads to a better usability and...
I can tell from the way the person talks to me, the topics they choose to speak about, the manner in which they treat me, the tone with which they discuss race,...
Steffanie Tan explores how the submissive Asian stereotype in Hollywood continues to infuse public perception of her relationship with her Anglo boyfriend.
Racism rears its ugly head constantly in the dating lives of Black women in a white man's world.
Just like the United States, racism preys on us here. Someone whispers ‘Blackie’ as they pass by me at a train station, or yells out ‘n*****’ down the aisle of...
Fat gay Asian men exist in a different world to their slim, pale, and muscular counterparts.

Health

 

Beyond studies and research, we examine how our health impacts the rest of our lives.  

Masks for kids under 12 are not compulsory under Victoria's new rules, but that won't stop Ian Rose's kids donning them with enthusiasm.
As a community, we don’t acknowledge the emotional toll of fatherhood.
This isn’t the first time I’ve tried to get my parents to do my exercise classes with me. When they visited me, they would invariably decline. And I got it.
Most of the time, they last up to 10 minutes, though they can persist for as long to 20 or 30 minutes.
I set off for a jog around the block, but almost immediately I knew something was wrong.
It’s a totally different expectation to the West, where women are expected to jump straight back to their pre-birth selves.
We had no guidance on how to grieve together. I wish we had.

Culture & Society

Your stories. Your words.

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Dad called me afterwards and said: ‘I know you’re too young to get married but hear me out …’
I’ve been doing standup for years and there are definitely some patterns I’ve noticed with talking about race to Australian audiences.
After a few sessions, I started feeling happier, and able to control my emotions which improved my moods and focus.
Friends with older children tell me that marbles have lost their place in the modern playground pantheon, writes Peter Papathanasiou.
By the time I was at university, I realised that I hardly knew anything about the stories of my people.
Being racially womansplained to is but one example of the many microaggressions WOC endure daily.
As most working mothers would know our ability to multi-task is a bit of a hidden superpower. Though in the case of these women, not so hidden.

Who Gets To Stay In Australia?

Who Gets to Stay in Australia? airs over four weeks starting Wednesday 1 July at 8.30pm on SBS and On Demand. Join the conversation #WGTSIA

Every three minutes, someone gains permanent residency in Australia. But every year, over 40,000 people are rejected.
I remember looking at my bedroom wall. It still had bullet holes from that last winter in 1987, when one night like many others, the military had been firing...
Terrified of what a post-pandemic tomorrow will bring? Dilvin Yasa speaks with those who understand fear-based coping strategies better than most.
"As a refugee I have nothing to lose and I’m really grateful for that, to have this opportunity to be here and experience a nice freedom."
"He called me the N word and then he’s like 'go back to where you come from'. I was just confused because as a child or as a teenager you don’t expect that."

Who Do You Think You Are?

Watch the latest episode on SBS On Demand and join the conversation #wdytya

As Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop lived a life as smoothly organised as a military operation where everything was scheduled down to the last minute.
Genealogy hacks can help you break through brick walls and uncover your family history.
The Daddo name is synonymous with Australian showbiz thanks to the three famous brothers, now Cameron finally finds out where it came from.
Genetics can tell us many things, some of which we may not be prepared for.
Lisa Wilkinson's journey on 'Who Do You Think You Are?' was an emotional one.
Genealogy is now the second most visited category of websites after pornography - where does our fascination with ancestry come from?
"These stories made me heave, horrified by their gruesome weight, but they have given me a deeper understanding and appreciation of this man I’ve known all my...

Pride

Celebrating the diversity of the LGBTIQ+ community in Australia.

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Do you have a story to share? Email us at voices@sbs.com.au

There is nothing more empowering than being accepted and celebrated by your own, especially with someone who was an integral part of your childhood.
"Naya Rivera was truly a light and showed us all how to be unapologetically ourselves."
Verley's inclusion in the first season of Drag Race Canada is particularly significant as it adds to the mounting pressure for RuPaul to be more inclusive to...
"I have little hope that J.K. Rowling will see the light," writes Travis Hunter, a transmasculine identified writer.
This poem is extracted from Throat, the new collection by award-winning Mununjali Yugambeh writer Ellen van Neerven.
I first saw him in a time just before social distancing. Now our new relationship is being put to the test.
After coming out as queer, I resisted makeup and beauty products for years.

Sweatshop Collective

A partnership with Western Sydney writers’ collective Sweatshop, now in its second year, showcases stories from diverse perspectives. 

 

Of all the Chens at Sydney Girls, it had to be Vivian and Alice. After what happened last week, I do not want to face them. I go straight into the first cubicle and...
This is an excerpt from the author's contribution to the speculative fiction anthology, "After Australia".
Erin Molan’s comments about Pacific Islander names became news recently. It was not the first time writer Christine Afoa had heard names of people from her...
These are the challenges I face as a black parent helping my sons navigate the world within their black skin. I’ll need to teach them to be careful of whom they...
“Emily’s Sassy Lime changed everything for me. I had listened to bands like Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney, screaming and dancing in my room – but a part of me...
The first white patches were on my chest.
From home remedies to hoarding, here are some of the ways that my parents have responded to the coronoavirus crisis.

Emerging Asian-Australian Writers

Read stories about love, sexuality, family and mental health by up and coming Asian-Australian voices, in an essay series edited by Candice Chung. 

Everything is on the table during our catch ups: Who is having sex whilst working from home? How is everyone coping with their kids? Who might be losing their job?
It never really occurred to me that growing up as a ‘hospo kid’ was anything special until now.
Thanks to the bushfires, waking up in Sydney has been reminiscent of my time in Ulaanbaatar.
For many trans people, changing their name is an important part of embodying identity. But what if your name also carries your cultural heritage?
I’m beginning to say my name the way my mum utters it. I’m reclaiming my accent and it’s drawing me closer to my identity as Filipino-Australian.
No matter how hard I tried, the ‘Asian points’ I couldn’t get were the ones tied to a family and cultural upbringing I never had.
Slowly, I learnt to appreciate the rhythm of my father’s garden. I learnt to appreciate his patience and the growing of food as an act of love and generosity.

Emerging Muslim women writers

Highlights from some of the most exciting emerging Muslim Australian writers.  

Growing up, I never saw anyone like me in the media or saw any (non-villainous) Muslim characters in TV shows or movies.
Black Lives Matter is forcing important conversations about race. But what we won’t voice, is that we too, the non-black Muslim community, have absorbed anti...
For me it starts, with being unapologetically proud of being a Pakistani-Muslim Indigenous woman. It starts by sharing our stories and celebrating who we are.
Did you ever in your most outlandish dreams think you would make it to the land down under? I hope I can make you proud after all you have sacrificed for me.
Even though we may be physically separated there is something sweet about knowing that cards with my messy handwriting sit in the homes of my friends.
I am an atheist, but I'm also a cultural Muslim and it took me many years of heated debates and a frustrating search for an identity to come to this conclusion.
For the longest time, I had struggled with deep feelings of guilt and shame for choosing not to have my father in my life.

Family

Parenting for modern families: new rules for a new age.

‘There are no words…’ people often say to those experiencing grief in an attempt to comfort. And maybe this is the point.
My father is a 64-year-old brown Australian who was raised to ‘tough it out and be a man’.
It’s no secret that Arab communities are among the most hospitable people on the planet.
"My mum and dad were Tiger Parents Lite, but I was a failed Tiger cub."
This whole process has made me a brave mum, a good wife and in some ways an awesome daughter. I’ve broken a pattern of self-denial.
My inability to let go and relax my standards, meant that I was in a situation where I was trying to do absolutely everything.
Within an environment of trust and love, there are effective ways of discussing racial inequality and injustice that we can do at home.

Relationships

Let's talk about it all: from love and dating to divorce and estrangement (and everything in between).

"Here I was thinking that I was a work in progress when in-fact I was a piece of work as I still harboured the same outdated views that my father and his father held."
The mothering experience I had growing up was complex, dark and painful and as a result, I developed dysfunctional coping mechanisms.This pain is called the ...
Even though we may be physically separated there is something sweet about knowing that cards with my messy handwriting sit in the homes of my friends.
When you’re a ‘white and something’ mixed race kid in Australia, you quickly learn the white part of you is the side that should shine.
"I’ve met the woman of my dreams, I just can't get to her yet."
"It’s such an intense atmosphere in the air and at home. We try to keep up the joyfulness, playfulness and humour in our house and try to counteract the energy...
Will break-ups peak as people realise they don't actually like each other? Or will strength come through adversity, resulting in stronger bonds between couples?

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