In 2014, we released Issue No. 8 of Aint–Bad: The American South. Since then, we have witnessed the evolution and changes in the region. To us, The South remains both a reality and a fiction, a conceptual and a cultural entity. Our questions to you are: Why are we still interested, inspired and motivated by this region? Perhaps it is the rich, troublesome history, the political undertones, the shifting power dynamics, or maybe just the aesthetics? In this new decade, we want to see and discuss why the American South is still so relevant in our ever-changing society and culture.

For Issue No.15 of Aint–Bad, we are accepting photographs and essays which engage in contemporary conceptions or interpretations of the American South. How is it being defined, re-defined, undefined and co-defined within the contemporary conceptions of the American South? We are particularly interested in representing perspectives from those of you who are from, or are currently making your work in the American South. Whether you call the South home, or you call it a place to make work, we want to see what you are creating.

In addition to the publication, we will be partnering with institutions and organizations such as The Do Good Fund to create exhibitions and events that will include a selection of photographs from both the printed publication, and the call for entry submissions, and will be shown throughout the American South during 2021 and 2022.

We are accepting works made in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia.

*The Do Good Fund, Inc. is a Columbus, Georgia based public charity. Since its founding in 2012, the fund has focused on building a museum-quality collection of photographs taken in the American South since World War II. The collection ranges from works by more than twenty Guggenheim Fellows to images by lesser-known and emerging photographers working in the region.

Do Good’s mission is to make its collection of nearly 600 images broadly accessible through regional museums, nonprofit galleries, and non-traditional venues and to encourage complimentary, community-based programming to accompany each exhibition.

Submission Deadline
April 15th, 2020







What are the file size requirements? These requirements are listed on the upload page, but you can find them here as well.

– If the photograph is a LANDSCAPE format the WIDTH from left to right should be 1200px at 72dpi, sRGB, jpeg format.

– If the photograph is a PORTRAIT format the WIDTH from left to right should be1200px at 72dpi, sRGB, jpeg format.

– The WIDTH of the image, from left to right, regardless of the format being LANDSCAPE or PORTRAIT need to be 1200px at 72dpi, sRGB, jpeg format.

– Label the files with your name and numeration. (Example: firstname_lastname_1.jpg)

How much does it cost to submit?

Photographers can submit up to twenty photographs for $45.

Current Students (must be currently attending university) can submit up to twenty photographs for $35.

Why is there a fee to submit to this call?

We ask each photographer to pay a submission fee in order to help with the costs of printing and designing this publication. Printing ain’t cheap! Aint–Bad strives to use the best materials available to create a publication that is a work of art in itself. 100% of proceeds collected from this call for entry will be used to produce this issue of Aint–Bad Magazine. All selected print artists who live in the united states will receive a free copy of the magazine. International artists will pay 50% of the shipping cost (roughly $15) All other applicants will receive a discount code to purchase copies.

Can I submit more than one project?

Yes! However, each submission fee is valid for ONE body of work. We want to see your strongest body of work. If you feel that you need to submit a second body of work, you may do so by paying another submission fee and submitting a different project.

When will I be notified if I am selected for this issue?

All selected artists will be notified by mid-April and a list of selected print artists will be emailed to ALL applicants. Photographers that are chosen for this issue may be asked to answer interview questions from our editorial team.

What happens if I am not chosen for print?

If you are not chosen for print, your work may have an opportunity to be published on our website as an article or interview. You will be notified via email if your work is chosen for an online feature. If you selected not to have your work published online, your submission will be removed from the website after the call is completed.

Can I submit a collaborative project?

Yes, you can submit a project that has been created by yourself and other artists. Please submit under the name that you would like to appear in print if you are selected.