The FRESHERS Issue: Call for print submissions

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In each print issue, aAh! Magazine interrogates one word which runs as a theme throughout our published submissions. Next up is The FRESHERS Issue 23/24.

aAh! welcomes all student writers and journalists to pitch ideas for be considered for print publication in our upcoming The FRESHERS Issue.

This new mini-issue will shine a spotlight on the freshest spots in our city and serve up budget-friendly recipes, share advice, opportunities, and experiences. It will feature guides on things to do in the city, where to shop and the best places for work and play to help new and returning students get the most out of their uni experience.

We are looking for features, listicles, profiles, Q&As, reviews, opinion, artwork, and photography that offers a critical, insightful and creative slant on the theme of FRESHERS. We would like inventive and thought-provoking perspectives to create a magazine that opens conversation and breaks convention.

Writers – register your interest to receive briefs or pitch your own ideas via email.

Have an idea for a feature, interview, review, opinion, listicle, how-to, profile or Q&A you’d like to pitch? Email the team at to discuss your ideas using the subject line ‘FRESHERS’. Chat to the team to discuss a working deadline for your specific idea.

We also have a number of FRESHERS themed print briefs available covering a variety of topics. Register your interest to join our print editorial team to receive more detail on our latest print brief and other opportunities.

Check out our previous themed print magazines to see how contributors, writers and artists have explored the given theme, and explore our Editor’s ‘FRESHERS’ themed prompts below to support you to generate ideas for this issue.

Arts and Culture: Art, Theatre, Film, Literature, Television, Spotlight hidden gems, Indie venues 

Fashion and Beauty: Sustainable fashion, Budget-friendly trends, Style hacks and dupes, Thrifting tips and tricks

International: Student experiences, Tips for navigating student life as an international student, World food and recipes

Lifestyle: Thriving > surviving, Study tips, affordable and healthy food recipes

Community/Experience: Community projects, Volunteering, Personal experiences and essays, Friendships, Relationships

Music: Live Music Venues, Bands, Club nights

Opinion: AI, Sustainability, The Environment, Student Politics, Protest

Advice: Support services, Homesickness, Destigmatising mental wellbeing, Student accommodation, Navigating student life

Deadline: Pitch your ideas via email to to be considered for publication by Wednesday 26th July, 2023.

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.

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Clayton McLoughlin-Lopez

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