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Drawing of four doughnuts all in various stages of consumption

Image description: Four yellow doughnuts with pink frosting and multicolored sprinkles rest next to one another. One is whole; next to that is an apparently half-eaten doughnut with crumbs beside it. Below those are the other two doughnuts. One has a bite out of it, and the other only has a small fraction remaining with crumbs beside it. iStock

Lay the table. We’re making a food issue.

For our November/December issue, Anthropology News is putting all its eggs in one basket for a series about food production and consumption. Whether you have an archaeological story about ancient cheese, a dental tale about Neanderthal diets, or an industrial account of animal agribusiness, we want to hear it. What does anthropology tell us about food—how we grow it, harvest it, slaughter it, transport it, sell it, cook it, eat it, and more? What do our relationships with food tell us about being human? From the intertwining of food and language to food access inequalities, we invite you to spill the beans. The proof will be in the pudding.

We seek creative proposals that approach food from an engaging and fresh (or frozen) perspective, in the form of feature articles or visual essays.

Please send a 250-word pitch that outlines the story or argument of your piece, and a 50-word author bio to [email protected] by September 4, 2020. If proposing a photo or illustrated essay, include one or two images.

First drafts will be due by October 5 and will go through a developmental edit with the AN editor. Full articles are 1,600–2,000 words. Photo essays comprise six–eight high resolution images and a 600-word introductory essay. Final articles will publish in the November/December print magazine and on the AN website.