A central idea behind the magazine is to address issues that each of us personally wants to discuss without the rules of convention; hence the name. We encourage forms of writing that purposefully defy the norm. Theme for January-March 2022: The Joy of Food

Theme: The Joy Food
The image is divided into four compartments each featuring a different cuisine
Photos and design by Manhoihkim Ngaihte and Vandana Likhmania

Our first quarterly theme for 2022 is “The Joy of Food.” Although being a necessity for life and a universal experience, the experience of food is, at the same time, highly subjective, multidimensional, and rooted in the socio-cultural and political mores of the time and place. As all of us have got tales to tell about food, we wish to take the opportunity to bring these diverse stories together and try to understand our cultures a little better.

We are accepting essays, creative nonfiction, photos and photo essays, and artworks based on any of the following topics. However, contributors are welcome to interpret the theme in any other way they wish to.

Food in memory and nostalgia
History of food
Food in fiction
Food and identity
Food and body politics
Food insecurity and inequity
Food and gender
Food and aesthetic
Food and climate change

Please submit your pitches of not more than 150 words outlining your ideas to editors@manmarziyaan.com by 31st January 2022. The pitch should include the core of your idea and the way you are going to tell your story. Please include a short paragraph about yourself at the end. If you have already written the article, you can also send the completed work.

The deadline for the submission of the final draft is 20th February 2022. Please send all written works attached in the form of a document.

You can also contribute short-form writings of not more than 300 words on the following topics that will appear in the form of a listicle in the issue ( if possible, please also share suitable pictures (of food or moments) along with your written pieces):
1. Stories from the family kitchen: Tell us your stories, memories, and shared moments of joy from the family kitchen
2. Favourite street food: Tell us about your favourite food in simple, vibrant, aromatic, comfortable words
3. Manmarzi Acclaimed (100 words or less): It entails film/tv/book/podcast/album recommendations that are shared on our Instagram page every week and compiled into a listicle in every issue of the magazine.

Please share this call widely.

Please note: We are not in the position to compensate our contributors but we endeavor to ensure due credit to them.