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Creative: Call for submissions on the theme of hope

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Letter from our Creative Editors -We’re open for submissions!

December 2020

Dear Creators,

As the end of 2020 approaches, many of us find ourselves torn between looking forward and looking back. Ruminating on the lost potential of the last year, and the possibilities of the next. As we near the end of a difficult year, as the days get shorter, the weather colder, and we chafe at the new restrictions that continue to keep us at home, we would like to invite you to focus on the positives. Draw your awareness to all of the things you have to look forward to. Focus on the present and the potential it represents.

This month’s creative theme is hope. Hope can come in many forms. To you, maybe hope means returning home for the holidays, a long-awaited vaccine, or that Christmas gift you have been eagerly anticipating. Perhaps it means setting your New Years’ resolutions and sticking to them, finishing that big assignment and praying for a decent grade, or waiting for the first dusting of snow to settle on the rooftops. Whatever hope means to you, we want to read it.

As Emily Dickinson wrote:

“Hope is the thing with feathers-

That perches in the soul-

And sings the tune without the words-

And never stops – at all-“.

What is it that stays with you? What keeps you going through the dark days and the cold? What drives you forward, and pushes you? What perches in your soul, and what tune does it sing? Write it. Send it in. Share your hope with others.

We are accepting works of prose, poetry, flash fiction and art on the theme of hope. All submissions should be a maximum of 1,500 words. To send us your submission, please email a word document or PDF to with the subject line ‘Creative submission’. 

The closing date for submissions is 20th December.

Keep on creating,

Ryann Overbay on behalf of

The Creative Editors, aAh! Magazine. 

Check out previous creative works on the aAh! Magazine Creative Section website.

About the author / 

Ryann Overbay

Ryann has recently moved to Manchester from Japan, where she lived for five years teaching English literature and working as a travel writer for Voyapon Magazine. She is currently studying her MA in creative writing and is excited to work with aAh! Magazine as a creative editor.

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