Oscen [“oh-sin”], n.
A bird that gives omens not by its flight but by its cry.

Oscen is a magazine focused on uplifting marginalised voices. It creates and curates thought-provoking content that opens up conversation in a time of noise, fakeness and antagonism. We are interested in the other perspectives: The personal stories and the countercultural critique, the arts and culture lens on society, the views shut out of the mainstream.

Each week we post new content which fit in with a monthly topic. These monthly topics build up to a themed “issue” in Month Six. Think of each biannual cycle as an overarching narrative.

We want anything you create — whether it’s articles, poetry, creative essays, photography, art, collages, playlists, or multimedia combining all of the above. See our Submit page for more.

The Name

“Oscen” is Latin for “songbird”. In ancient Rome, augurs divined omens from birds, and they would do so typically by watching the flight patterns that birds would take through the sky. There were, however, certain birds from which augurs would divine omens through their song, not their flight. These were songbirds—birds which held the power of the future in their voice.

The Team

Janna Tay — Editor-in-Chief
Anuja Mitra — Managing Editor
Nadya Fauzia — BD & Strategy
Bianca D’Souza — Marketing & Social
Radi Baboe — Operations
Zoe Hu — Design & Web Development


Send inquiries and submissions to hello@oscen.co.