Letter from our Creative Editors: We’re open for submissions!
The dreary days of winter are lifting! As April shuffles in, we can be sure that spring is on its way. The days are growing longer, the daffodils are blooming, and the sun is beginning to show its face again. As April sees the celebration of Earth day and Easter and ushers in the incoming spring, it’s impossible not to be reminded of rebirth, renewal and possibility.
This month, we would like to invite you to send us your best creative work on the theme of Nature. What does nature mean to you? Do you find yourself drawn to the minuscule and varied details of the natural world? The things that are often overlooked and ignored. Or do you prefer the sweeping landscapes, the wide picturesque views, the places that make us feel small? Maybe you prefer to ruminate on our place in the world, our connection to it, our interaction with it.
You might look to Mary Oliver’s poetry for inspiration:
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.‘Wild Geese’ by Mary Oliver
Or you may find Alice Oswald’s blending of the natural and the manmade more to your taste:
almost everything here has cold hands
I notice the wind wears surgical gloves
I notice the keen pale colours of the rain
like a surgeon’s assistant‘Cold Streak’ by Alice Oswald
However you choose to study the world around you, put it to paper. What do you notice out there? How does it make you feel?
We are accepting works of prose, poetry, flash fiction and art on the theme of nature. All submissions should be a maximum of 1,500 words. To send us your submission, please email a word document or PDF to aAh.Editor@gmail.com with the subject line ‘Creative Submission’.
The closing date for submissions is 19th April.
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.