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GENERAL GUIDELINES:

We prefer proposals to completed articles. In a few sentences, tell us what and who you want to discuss, why you are well-positioned to write the article proposed, what you plan to say, and where applicable, the ideal timeframe in which the article would appear, considering its potential impact or urgency. Please also include how the proposed article is relevant to ART PAPERS’ areas of interest, and most importantly how it connects to, enriches, or disrupts contemporary artistic discourse, or society at large.

If you haven’t written for ART PAPERS before, please include a short biography (up to 100 words) and a writing sample, both of which should represent your aptitude for writing the article proposed. We evaluate proposals based on quality, originality, relevance, and urgency, as well as feasibility of timing and available space. We strive to notify writers of a decision within two months.

If we accept your proposal, we will negotiate a mutually acceptable length, deadline and fee. We reserve the right to terminate our acceptance of your proposal without compensation if we discover you have misrepresented yourself, or if the final form of the article diverges markedly from the agreed-upon topic, format, or deadline.

Proposals should be submitted by email to editor@artpapers.org. Materials accompanying submissions received by post will not be returned.

Before submitting a proposal, be sure to familiarize yourself with our content. You can do this by browsing this website, or better yet by purchasing our latest issue or subscribing today.

TYPES OF ARTICLES

ART PAPERS is a special-interest magazine that publishes traditional formats such as long-form features, short essays, interviews, and reviews. However, we also encourage an expanded view of editorial content, and have provided a platform for manifestos, poetry, fiction, syllabi, requests for proposals, original translations, definitions, diary entries and other experimental forms of investigation.

Features range from 1500 – 4000 words, and express fully developed viewpoints about a particular work, artist, theory, or phenomenon, from an objective third party perspective. Our feature writers must develop and support their theses rigorously, possessing a sophisticated understanding of any philosophies, histories, and concepts they invoke—and striving to make such concepts available to a wide readership. We discourage articles that are fundamentally inaccessible to a wide readership because they require previous academic, theoretical, or otherwise specialized knowledge.

Interviews are features that range from 800 – 4000 words, and include a contextual introduction or essay.

Essays in ART PAPERS cover a wide range of topics, and offer opportunities for writers to address topics of current interest in brief, exploratory essays often from an intimate or reflexive point of view. They typically range from 500 – 1500 words, and might be thought of as “columns” that do not appear regularly or belong to any one writer.

Reviews cover solo and group exhibitions of regional, national or international significance. We are especially interested in regionally significant artists who have not yet reached a national or international audience. Reviews are 600 – 800 words, although allow for longer pieces, for instance if the exhibition is exceptionally large or ambitious – for example a major biennial or multi-venue event – or if the writer is considering more than one show in the review. We also review new publications pertaining to contemporary art, visual culture, media studies and related fields. Adventurous writers are invited to propose reviews of performances, conferences, architectural work, urban design projects, “user experiences,” technology, and other forms of cultural production that relevant to art and life today.

Glossary entries are creative and often experimental short (200 – 800 word) pieces that explore the meaning of an existing word, neologism, acronym, idiom or other term relevant to contemporary artistic and social discourse. These “definitions” defy the format of traditional dictionaries and serve to interrogate and/or liberate the words and phrases with which we talk and write about art.

 

VISUAL SUBMISSIONS

ART PAPERS regularly publishes original photography and artwork. The editors will review finished visual submissions but as with written contributions, we prefer proposals to pre-existing content. Tell us what your work is about, why this topic is particularly suited to the medium through which you have chosen to explore it, and how your project connects and contributes to ART PAPERS’ general editorial scope and direction.

If you have not submitted art or photography to ART PAPERS before, please include a short biography and a sample of recent work that you feel best represents your aptitude for the artist project, photo series, or image essay proposed. All other submission guidelines and procedures described in the above general guidelines apply to visual content as well.

 

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

a) At their discretion, the editors may refuse submissions in which a writer writes about his/her own work, or the work of someone with whom the writer has a personal or financial relationship. Writers must disclose any such relationship to the editors when proposing their submission; accepted submissions of this kind will be editorially positioned to reflect the relationship – as a personal essay, for example, as opposed to an objective review – to prioritize the integrity of the piece and the magazine.

b) The editors will not consider submissions by a writer whom the gallery or artist has paid or commissioned to write the article in question. Suggestions from galleries may be accepted at the discretion of the editors.

c) The editors will not consider a review by a writer who collects the work of the artist in question.

d) The editors may refuse to cover exhibitions curated by, featuring, or including the work of any ART PAPERS contributor or collaborator. The editors will disclose ART PAPERS’ relationship to any artist or writer featured, clearly and at their discretion.