Featured Artists Brief – Creative Call for Submissions: The DISRUPTION Issue

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In each issue, aAh! Magazine interrogates one word which runs as a theme throughout our published submissions. The theme of our next issue is DISRUPTION.

What does it mean to disrupt? Formed from the Latin prefix “dis,” meaning apart or asunder, and the Latin root “rupt,” meaning to break, the word disrupt brings to mind full stops, pauses, moments of drastic change, and interruption. Disruption can come in many forms. We. Use. It. Daily. In. Our. Punctuation. We experience it when the unexpected knock at the door startles us into movement. Our peace of mind is disrupted when we hear news of riots, protests, pandemics, and politics.

The past year has brought disruption into our daily lives in countless ways. The routines, rituals, and habits we took for granted have, for many people, disappeared. Our travel plans, our jobs, and our private lives have been disrupted, and we have all adapted in different ways. It can be frightening at times; it can feel all consuming. But those moments, when the status quo is interrupted or challenged, bring incredible opportunity, opportunity to grow, to develop, to focus, to think, and to change. 

The DISRUPTION Issue is about interruption and pause, yes, but it is also about the things that disruption brings about, the changes that take place, and the way forward. aAh! wants to know what disruption means to you. Is disruption something to be feared, or is it something to be embraced? Can disruption function as a force for good? 

Featured Artist Brief

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 DISRUPTION.


Artists and designers are welcome to submit works in any medium: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, textile, installation, any mixed media, digital, performance and film (jpg still image and a link to video) etc. All visual art mediums are welcome. Submit your visual work in a digital format in the highest possible resolution you have availanle – not below 300 dpi.

Visual Guidelines

We will accept work and visual in JPEG, PNG or TIFF formats. Artwork must be at least 300 dpi or more. All artwork must be at least 210 x 297 mm to fit in the magazine, and should fit comfortably on a page of this aspect ratio.

Our Featured Artists work will be published alongside a range of features, interviews, previews, opinion, creative prose, poetry, artwork, and photography that offers a critical, insightful and creative slant on the theme of DISRUPTION.

We are looking for inventive and thought-provoking perspectives to create a magazine that opens conversation and breaks convention.

Deadline: Submit your work to be considered by Tuesday 2nd March, 2021. Email

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