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common ground. open voices.

The Open Journal is a quarterly publication written by everyone and anyone. 

At Foodhall, we relish in the fact that there is never silence - everyone is always talking, and you will always learn something new from a day in the cafe. One day, we thought that we wanted more people to hear what our community had to say, and the Open Journal was born. 

Everyone can submit something to the journal, we accept anything that can be printed on paper, other than in exceptional circumstances.

You’ll be able to find the journal in various places around Sheffield, including Foodhall, with a suggested donation pot next to it. If you have £2.50, drop it in and tuck in.


poems. articles. photos. rants. stories. favourites. lists. reviews. anecdotes. jokes. essays. drawings. thoughts. analysis. scripts. news. praises. rants. ideas. discoveries. recipes. advice. information. song lyrics. prophecies. declarations. manifestos. debates. projects.

To submit your work to the journal, email our editors, Jack and Esther, via or come down to Foodhall if you’re a verbal gerbil!

The journal varies depending on length and amount of submissions but is generally between 20 and 30 pages. If we have too many submissions for one issue, they will be rolled over into the next. 

We accept all forms of submission that can be printed on paper, other than in very exceptional circumstances (for example, a submission that contains any kind of racism or extreme offence will not be accepted).

You’ll be able to find the Open Journal in various spots around town, including Foodhall, with a £2.50 suggested donation pot next to it. If you can afford it, please plop it in!


We suggest a donation of £10 for the year to subscribe to the journal - that’s £2.50 an issue for the journal and postage and packaging right to your door! What a bargain. 

Subscribing to the journal is a massive support for us. It allows us to pay for printing the journal and increases our readership and feeling that the journal is part of our community. Any money that is made will go straight back into Foodhall.


We need money to pay for the printing journal. We held a fundraiser in October 2017 which allowed us to buy our own printer, and even though the cartridges should last us over a year, they will cost us about £1000 to replace when they are used up. We also need to buy paper, staples, envelopes, and stamps. 

To support us, you could do things like buy us these things - paper, envelopes, etc. Or, you could donate money to us (if you give over £25, this will include a subscription to the journal). Please email us to arrange this or you can donate via our Paypal ( and make sure to mention that you are donating to the journal specifically.