long con magazine is a digital arts & literature quarterly that publishes art about art. While based in Kjipuktuk, Mi’kma’ki (known by settlers as Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada), we welcome submissions from established & emerging artists across the world.

Submissions are accepted year-round on a rolling basis, and we regularly publish issues in winter, spring, summer, and fall.

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EXTENDED DEADLINE

submit by December 15
to be considered for ISSUE 13

our permanent theme:

"art about art"

long con was founded on the idea that all artworks exist in conversation with all other artworks, and the magazine’s purpose is to publish artworks that bring this long conversation to the surface.

For us, “art about art” means artworks created in direct response to other objects, performances, artifacts, etc., that can be considered ‘art—including all forms of writing, gallery & theatre arts, and pop culture (fashion, sports, comics); infrastructure (monuments, architecture, tools); ephemera (ads, memes, user manuals); propaganda (parades, political speeches); and non-human creations (elephant paintings, bird nests, insect dances).

If you’re still not sure whether we consider something “art,” please ask us at longconmag@gmail.com.

what to submit

Visual, video, audio, & interactive submissions may be already exhibited, performed, released, or otherwise circulated but must be unpublished in any print or digital magazine, anthology, or book. You may submit up to 6 individual artworks.

Literary submissions (including translations) must be unpublished in print or digitally. Poetry or prose poetry submissions may include up to 4 poems or one long poem / sequence. Fiction or script submissions may be up to 10 pages (for multiple short pieces) or up to 15 pages (for a single story or script). We do not publish nonfiction (whether creative essay, review, interview, or otherwise).

For us to consider publishing your artwork, you must include an artist statement that identifies⁠—by title, creator name, and year, whenever possible⁠—the object(s), performance(s), artifact(s), etc., to which your artwork responds. See our latest issues for examples.

Response time: We always respond in less than four months.

Simultaneous submissions: The con is long but life is short, so submit wherever you want! If your submission is accepted elsewhere, please email us to withdraw it as soon as possible.

Collaborative submissions: We encourage collaborative submissions! In the context of long con, ‘collaboration’ means two or more artists creating a shared response to another work of art or culture. (Two or more artists responding to each other should consider submitting to Collusion Books, our chapbook press for collaborative projects.)

Contributor payment: $50 Canadian for most contributions, and $25 Canadian for all short literary contributions (poetry under 50 lines total or prose under 1000 words total). Compensation is delayed: we are in the process of paying all past contributors but will reach out as soon as our payments catch up to the issue in which your work appears.

Past contributors: If we’ve already published your work in long con (this doesn’t include Collusion publications), please wait one year before submitting again. If we’ve published you as a solo artist but you wish to submit a collaborative piece (or vice versa), you may disregard this waiting period.

Artist copyright: Through contributor payment, long con purchases only the right to publish your work for the first time. The copyright to the work always remains with you, the artist(s). You don’t need our permission to re-publish or otherwise present your work after its inclusion in a long con issue. That said, if you do re-publish your work in future, we would love the opportunity to promote it: please let us know at longconmag@gmail.com and by tagging us in any relevant social posts.

our commitment to publishing artists of different backgrounds & experiences

In recognition of the many historical and immediate barriers to artistic creation and recognition, we prioritize submissions from First Nation, Inuit, Métis, and other Indigenous artists; Black artists, Brown artists, artists of colour, and other racialized artists; 2SLGBTQIA+ artists; artists with disabilities or chronic illnesses; and artists with experiences of trauma, incarceration, poverty, or displacement.

Help us make more informed editorial decisions by identifying any backgrounds or experiences that have made it more difficult for you to create art or be recognized for your artistic labour. These backgrounds and experiences don’t need to be addressed in your submission, bio, or artist statement: include them in the “Additional notes for the editors” field to ensure they remain confidential.

If your name(s), artistic name(s), or pronouns change after you’ve published with long con, we would be very happy to help you celebrate by quickly correcting our website: please feel free to let us know at longconmag@gmail.com.

long con Submission Form

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1. Artist Info

Collaborations: enter names of all collaborators OR name of artist collective.
Collaborations: enter best address for contacting all collaborators.
Write bio in the 3rd person (not using "I"/"we") and include your pronouns ("they"/"she"/"he" or similar).
Collaborations: enter short bios for each collaborator OR description of artist collective with list of members.
Knowing your location will help our editors make each issue international in scope. Your location will not be published (unless it is mentioned in your bio).
Your background and experiences (especially those posing barriers to artistic creation or recognition) will help our editors make more informed decisions when curating an issue. Your additional notes will not be published.
We exist entirely online, so it's very helpful for us to know which social media platforms or websites are helping artists discover us.
Collaborations: enter up to one website for each collaborator OR website of artist collective.
Because long con is a digital publication, our ability to tag contributors in promotional social media posts is crucial to sharing the work in each issue. If you use any of the below platforms to share your artwork or to connect with other artists, please consider entering your profile URL(s) or handle(s) and following @longconmag.

2. Submission

A submission method will appear once you select your primary art form.

3. Artist Statement

Artist statements are published alongside accepted artworks.

For each artwork you submit, include an artist statement that clearly identifies the object(s), performance(s), or artifact(s)—including a title, creator name, and year whenever possible—that prompted your artwork. If your artwork responds to many works by the same creator (e.g., 'Picasso's Blue Period'), identify one or more pieces of special significance to your response.

If your artwork responds in an obvious way (for example, if your work lifts words, images, or content from another artwork), then your artist statement could be very short. If the way you're responding is not obvious, your artist statement may need to be longer, identifying the existing object(s), performance(s), artifact(s), etc., and also explaining exactly how your artwork is a response. You might also describe historical context or your personal encounter with the object(s), performance(s), artifact(s), etc.

If you submit a sequence or series of artworks (such as an album, a photographic essay, or a series of poems) that responds to the same prompting object(s), performance(s), or artifact(s), you can include a single artist statement for the whole sequence or series.
Write artist statement(s) in 1st person (using "I"/"we").
We appreciate artist statements under 100 words, but we understand that some statements could, should, or must be longer.

Having trouble with the submission form?
Email us at longconmag@gmail.com

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