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Creative Call For Submissions: the FOOD issue

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aAh! – your arts and culture magazine

Hello world, listen up again: our lovely, liberal generation is also unfocused and vague. We think we know everything – which we kind of do – but mostly we don’t. aAh! magazine hopes to present the opportunity for readers and writers to interrogate their own ideas about the world we’ve fallen into. Each issue will interrogate one important contemporary notion through our regular features, opinion pieces, spotlights, interviews, previews, art, poetry, flash fiction, photography and music.

This issue: FOOD.

“Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get-go.” – Anthony Bourdain

“Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat.” – Guy Fieri

“The table is a meeting place, a gathering ground, the source of sustenance and nourishment, festivity, safety, and satisfaction. A person cooking is a person giving: even the simplest food is a gift.” – Laurie Colwin

Here’s some food for thought. In our technological age, food continues to keep us human. We can contact anyone around the globe within seconds, but can’t last three weeks without it. Our minds set us apart, but can’t function unless they’re fed. Food infects everything. We can’t seem to express ourselves without it. Our work is our bread and butter; payday equates to bringing home the bacon. We keep our fingers in a lot of pies, cry over spilt milk, bite off more than we can chew, put all of our eggs in one basket, take things with a pinch of salt.

The word ‘food’ derives from the Old English ‘fōda’, which developed into ‘fodder’ – for all our advancements, we remain integrally animal. Food is our history. It was Shakespeare who first said ‘he hath eaten me out of house and home.’ Foods define cultures – as English as fish and chips, as American as apple pie, as Canadian as maple syrup. Multiculturalism is measured in food – in restaurants, supermarkets, takeaway preferences. Food defines who we are.

Food brings us together – in our increasingly busy lives, sometimes the only time we sit down with those we love is to eat. Cooking together and eating together have fostered closeness since the dawn in humanity. Yet food is changing. We have become more conscious of the costs of our diets to animals, workers and the environment, but foodbanks are on the rise. We are now more culturally diverse than ever before, yet Brexit has seen a resurgence in preferences for “authentic” British produce. If we are what we eat, then who are we now?

We are taking submissions for:

Cover art competition – submit high a resolution image of your work responding to the theme. Everything welcome – illustration, photography, graphic design, fine-art etc. The most FOOD will be featured!

Flash fiction/poetry – responding to the theme FOOD. We encourage tenuous links! Surprise us. 350 words/40 lines.

Featured artists – a spotlight on a visual artist. Submit up to ten images and we will pick our favourites to be featured throughout the magazine. Fine artists of all practices welcome, illustrators, photographers and graphic designers. Send us a brief bio and explanation of how your work relates to the theme FOOD.

Self-portraits – take this however you like. It could be a literal portrait, a painting, a sculpture, a found object – anything that captures your relationship with FOOD.

Deadline: Please submit two sentences describing your proposed piece by 12 August, 2019. Further deadline to follow.

Proposals and submissions for all categories should be sent to Please make sure to include your name and category of submission in the body of your email.

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  1. Aisha Zackaria 11th July 2019 at 10:51 pm -  Reply

    I would love to take some pictures of food to be included in the magazine.

    • Bronte Schiltz 12th July 2019 at 10:36 am -  Reply

      Hi Aisha, thank you so much for your interest! Could you send some examples of your work to Thanks again! 🙂

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