The Freshers Issue: Call for Featured Submissions – NEON CITY

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In each print issue, aAh! Magazine interrogates one word which runs as a theme throughout our published submissions. This time, we’re changing things up as we introduce aAh! The FRESHERS Issue and launch our Featured Artist brief ‘NEON CITY’.

This special mini issue of aAh! will feature a guide to all Manchester has to offer. We will shine a spotlight on the freshest spots in our city and serve up budget-friendly recipes, share advice, opportunities and experiences.

Packed with tips and tricks to help new and returning students navigate university life, The FRESHERS Issue will be essential reading for all looking to get the most of their time studying in the best city in the world.

And in honour of our freshest issue yet, what theme should we explore in this bright new addition? NEON CITY! (We think you’ll agree that’s pretty fresh).

NEON CITY encapsulates the energy, power and vibrancy of our magical metropolitan community. Inspired by the style and vigour of our distinctive student scene, it evokes the creativity and curiosity we thrive on at aAh!

However, this NEON CITY can’t be powered by one bulb alone, which is why we need bright sparks to share their work so we can shine a spotlight on talented visual artists in our community.

We are looking for submissions which celebrate or explore the uniqueness of our community and city, day or night. Share your boldest pieces and join us in lighting up our community as part of our NEON CITY brief.

Featured Artist Brief – NEON CITY

We invite student artists to submit up to ten images to be considered for publication in our latest print 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 NEON CITY.


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 available – not below 300 dpi.

Visual Guidelines

We will accept work and visuals in JPEG, PNG or TIFF formats. Artwork must be at least 300 dpi or more. All artwork must be at least 148 x 210 mm to fit in the A5 size magazine, and should fit comfortably on a page of this aspect ratio.

Our Featured Artists work will be published in The FRESHERS Issue alongside a range of features, interviews, profiles, previews, opinion and more.

Deadline: Submit your work to be considered by Friday 26th August, 2022 at 09:00. Email

aAh! is a well established arts and culture magazine and online platform run by student volunteers with a passion for journalism and a love for Manchester. It is honest, engaging and curious; a trusted source for relevant news, views, creative work and current news and trends.

Join the aAh! Magazine MS Teams Group “General Channel” and follow @aAh_mag to stay in the loop with opportunities.

aAh! is looking for journalists, editors, graphic designers, illustrators, filmmakers, photographers, social media marketers on an ongoing basis to help make aAh! online and print platforms an informed, inspiring, witty and opinionated collection of student voices and talents that make our city brilliant.

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