Are welcomed and encouraged! We’re easy to get ahold of, and not particularly unpleasant to work with, so take the plunge.
DO WE ACCEPT YOUR TYPE OF SUBMISSION?
We publish pieces that involve visual analysis, critical theory, and close text reading. Our preferred topics center around issues of social justice, politics, the art world, and quirky historical stuff. While we do publish pieces that are situated in lived experience, we don’t publish personal essays. We much prefer pitches to completed pieces, although if you do have a completed piece, please thoroughly summarize it in your email. When you email, please mention any news peg or time constraint that would affect the publishing timeline (our lead is generally 4-6 weeks). Dilettante Army also promotes imaginative, visual, and sound pieces: short creative writing, poetry, and visual essays. If you have a creative idea, please hit us up!
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Please include in your email your name and the title of your piece. If you are pitching any kind of expository writing, please give us a full paragraph explaining your idea and the key points you will use to support it. We look for original, well-considered arguments that are backed up by theory of some kind (i.e. critical, feminist, literary, aesthetic), reliable data, and close observation or reading.
In general, DA publishes written pieces under 2000 words. We’re not averse to serializing something long, though.
Every contributor to DA has the god-given-right to feature his or her bio on our Contributors’ page. Write a short bio, and then choose a picture of your face—it will appear on our website in black and white.
We strongly believe that all labor should be paid. We offer an honorarium for our illustrious authors, on average $200. Once we have your piece, we’ll be happy to send you money via PayPal or check. Contributors retain all rights to their work (although we ask, if you re-publish, that you note that it originally appeared on Dilettante Army).