BAIT is a termly magazine showcasing the best of student writing, photography and art. Each issue has a broad theme which we invite submitters to interpret however they wish.
BAIT is a termly magazine created by students in Cambridge, but open to anyone based in Cambridge (or around the world!). It was founded as a radical response to the awful money-burning scandal, as a way for Cambridge students to express themselves, tackle big, unspoken topics and care about the local community at the same time. Today, BAIT is a welcoming creative space to discuss important social issues alongside personal experiences, inspirations and doodles, all focused on the issue’s theme (which has been anything from Memory to Sex to the Internet).
There’s no one kind of submission we look for – we’ve published doodles on sheet music, textile pieces, nonsense poetry, absurd stories, Wuthering Heights adaptations, mixtape reviews, comics, oil paintings, 35mm photos, sketches of chairs, collages, pastel drawings, knotty Finnegan’s Wake-esque prose, and translations of opera arias.
All profits from the magazine go to charitable foundations that support issues close to our hearts. We’ve raised money for a fundraiser for glioblastoma care on the NHS, Jimmy’s Cambridge, SolidariTee and the Whitworth Trust. For every issue, we host a launch party where you can read the zine for the first time, get creative with felt tips, listen to some brilliant live music and DJing, and chat to some of the artiest people in Cambridge (or so we say…). We’ve held the launch at bars, abandoned squash courts, the brilliant Motion Sickness ollective and online.
The best way to keep up to date is to join our Facebook submitters' group, or if you’re free from the Zuck’s clutches, following us on Instagram. Anyone and everyone can submit work (which is all anonymised before we read it), and apply to join the team when we recruit – head over to the Submissions or Team pages to find out more!