Next Issue’s Theme: Food and Nurture

Food is essential for our health and wellbeing; in it, there is nurture as well as nourishment, be it physical, psychological, or spiritual. The way we consume and prepare food also represents our creative relationships with nature, each other, and ourselves. Our connection with food is far from being a simple cultural practice; in its complexities are indications of our cultural identities and beliefs, history, economy, and aesthetic perspectives. Food is the founding pillar of culture, the reservoir of our memories, an important element in social and spiritual rituals, and one of our earliest sensual experiences. And lately, it is undeniable how the pandemic had impacted our culinary habits by making us closer to the kitchen and more vigilant about our food systems and bodies in general.

Gastronomy also plays an undeniable role in art and literature. It has influenced writers and artists across different historical eras, as they have found beauty and symbolism in fruits, vegetables, spices, and exotic dishes. It has inspired poets like Pablo Neruda, Frank O’Hara, and Wallace Stevens, novelists such as Joanna Harris and Anthony Capella, artists such as Arcimboldo and Dali, and photographers and bloggers from around the world.

So whether it is an ode to an onion, a piece on your travel food experiences, an essay on the history of some fancy ingredient, a reflection on an awesome dish, a foodoir on grandma’s childhood custard, foodtography of some bizarre dishes, a food-themed book review, or any other form of culinary art and writing, we welcome outstanding submissions of fiction, poetry, photography, nonfiction, and art.

Submissions deadline: May 1st, 2021.

Submission Guidelines:

Please make sure that all submissions are sent in MS Word format, Baskerville, Font size 12. A brief bio is also required in the same document.

Prose submissions (fiction, non-fiction, columns) should be single-spaced, and pages must be numbered, with a word count of no more than 3000. For reviews, a maximum of 1500 is required.

Poetry submissions may be single-spaced, and each submission can be up to 3 poems (with each poem starting on a new page).

Please send your contributions, along with a short bio (100 words max) to the following email address:

Copyright: All content on AUD’s Indelible online journal is copyrighted by the American University in Dubai and its respective authors and artists who have presented their work in the journal. All contributors retain all copyrights to their work. Reproduction of any form is strictly prohibited without the copyright holder’s permission.

Please inform us if your submission has been previously published elsewhere. We do accept previously published works, but only those with permission for re-publishing.