Issue No.15 – Call For Entry

For our annual issue of Aint–Bad, we have teamed up with an amazing selection of curators, editors, gallerists, educators, and publishers to offer a chance to have your work seen by some of the best names in the industry. All of our guest curators are experts in their respective mediums and know what they are looking for. The goal of issue No.15 is to put your work directly in front of the eyes of the curators.

While there is no specific theme for this call for entry, we are asking to see your best work! Take a look at the list of curators working with us on this publication. Look into their practice, see what they like. Take a look at the Aint–Bad Archives to get a sense of the imagery that we have been publishing over the last few years both online and in print.

Remember, we are looking for more than just photography. We want to see all mediums and forms of contemporary art to be published.

And it gets better! All submissions for this call for entry will also be considered for book publishing. We are building our 2021 and 2022 lineup of artist monographs and by submitting to Issue No. 15, your work will be considered for additional publishing opportunities.

Does your work have what it takes to be selected as a printed artist in issue No. 15? Show us! Submit today! This call for entry will end on February 14th at 11:59 PM EST, so while you are snuggled up in-between duvets and blankets during this cold weather, be sure to dig through your hard drives and select work that will impress the curators, and the world!

Submission Deadline EXTENDED
February 14th, 2021



meet the curators!


Oriana Koren
Founder of the Litlist
The Litlist

Los Angeles, California

About : Oriana Koren is a photo-ethnographer, a writer and a researcher. Oriana is a founding member of the Authority Collective, an action-based collective of women and people of color reclaiming their authority in lens-based industries and a co-author of the Photo Bill of Rights, an ethical framework to assure the rights and dignity of lens-based workers. They also founded the Lit List, a new photo award for emergent Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color photographers. Oriana is currently writing an ethnography on the American psyche.

Elisa Wouk Almino
Senior Editor at Hyperallergic

Los Angeles, California

About : Elisa Wouk Almino is a writer, editor, and literary translator based in Los Angeles. Currently a senior editor at Hyperallergic, her writing and translations have appeared in NYR Daily, Paris Review Daily, The Nation, Hyperallergic, and Literary Hub, among other places. She is the editor of Alice Trumbull Mason: Pioneer of American Abstraction (Rizzoli, 2020), and teaches art writing and translation at Catapult and UCLA Extension.

Mary Inhea Kang
Photographer / Board Member of Authority Collective

Austin, Texas

About : Mary Inhea Kang is a South Korean American photographer based between Austin and New York City. Through her work, she explores the tensions and limits between individualism and collectivism. She is a board member at Authority Collective where her main role is to cocurate for its Instagram account. She was previously a juror for the Lit List 2020 and a portfolio reviewer at the International Center of Photography 2020. Her previous clients include The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Juxtapoz Magazine, The New Yorker, Kinfolk, and more.

Danielle A. Scruggs
Photographer, Writer, Photo Editor @ Getty Images

Chicago, Illinois

About : Danielle A. Scruggs is a photographer, and writer and photo editor in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Howard University with a degree in journalism and from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a master’s degree in digital art. She attended the Kalish Workshop for Visual Editing and the New York Times Portfolio Review in 2018. Danielle is also the founder and editor of Black Women Directors, a digital library highlighting the work of Black women and non-binary filmmakers throughout the Diaspora.

Molly Gottschalk
Art and Photography Director

New York, New York

About : Molly Gottschalk is a New York-based art and photography director + editor specializing in editorial storytelling. She studied photography at Savannah College of Art and Design and began her career working with David LaChapelle. After 7+ years at Artsy, where she developed the visual identity for editorial content through touchstone features and commissioned visuals, she is currently taking on independent projects; most recently, she served as content lead for Artists for Biden, a fundraiser hosted by David Zwirner’s Platform in support of the Biden Victory Fund.

Emerald Arguelles
Photographer / Editor-In-Chief

Savannah, Georgia

About : Emerald Arguelles is a photographer and editor based in Savannah, GA. As a young visual artist, Emerald has become an internationally recognized photographer through her explorations and capturing of Black America. With an audacious mentality, Emerald relentlessly creates a communal space Black folx in the modern world. Through her contemporary photographic work, Emerald acknowledges and honors the Black Community, alluding to the importance of cultural acceptance and appreciation that can be recognized for decades to come. Emerald has worked as a photo editor for the Harlem Globetrotters and currently for NBCUniversal Entertainment.





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

– If the image is a LANDSCAPE format the WIDTH from left to right should be 1000px at 72ppi, sRGB, jpeg format.

– If the image is a PORTRAIT format the WIDTH from left to right should be1000px at 72ppi, sRGB, jpeg format.

– The WIDTH of the image, from left to right, regardless of the format being LANDSCAPE or PORTRAIT need to be 1000px at 72ppi, sRGB, jpeg format.

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

How much does it cost to submit?

Artists can submit up to twenty images for $45.

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

Why is there a fee to submit to this call?

We ask each artist to pay a submission fee in order to help with the costs of printing and designing this publication as well as compensating our guest curators for their time and effort. 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.

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-February 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 and guest curators.

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 our web server 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 a name that you would like to appear in print if you are selected.