long con magazine is a digital arts & literature quarterly that publishes art about art. While based in K’jipuktuk, 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 February, May, August, & November.
submit by April 30 to be considered for ISSUE 7
In one sense, long con is a niche magazine, publishing only art about art — by which we mean artworks created in response to other artworks.
In another sense, the long con mandate is very broad: it was founded on the recognition that all artworks exist in conversation with all other artworks, and its purpose is to publish works that bring this long conversation to the surface. For this reason, each work you submit to long con must by accompanied by an artist statement that identifies the work(s) of art that your submission responds to. See our latest issues for examples.
What forms of art can your submission take?
Visual, video, audio, & other (digital, hybrid, etc.) submissions may be already exhibited, performed, released, or otherwise circulated but must be unpublished in any print or digital magazine, anthology, or book.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 or an artistic series (such as a photo essay or a concept album).
Text-based & literary submissions must be unpublished in print or digitally. Poetry & poetry translations may be any number of poems up to 5 pages in length. Fiction, dramatic scripts, & their translations may be any number of pieces or a single piece up to 10 pages in length. We don’t publish criticism, reviews, essays, or other forms of nonfiction.
What forms of art can your submission respond to?
Anything from ‘professional’ arts (those usually encountered in galleries & theatres) to crafts, fashion, and popular media (music, movies, comics) — from the civilizational (tools, monuments, architecture) to the ephemeral (advertisements, memes, assembly instructions) — from the propagandistic (military parades, political speeches) to the non-human (paintings by elephants, bird nests).
If you’re not sure whether we’d consider it “art,” ask us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions can respond to more than one work of “art” and can leap from those works of art to broader explorations artists and art forms. What we value most are specific encounters with specific works of art and the unfolding of those encounters into creative reaction.
the finer details
Contributor payment: We offer $50 for all contributions with the exception of short literary contributions (poetry under 50 lines total or prose under 1000 words total), for which we offer $25. Please note that this compensation is delayed: we are in the process of paying all of our past contributors but will reach out as soon as our payments catch up to the issue in which your work appears.
Collaborative submissions: We encourage collaborative submissions. Be sure to include the bios of all collaborators, as well as their social media handles and websites, if applicable. In the context of long con, ‘collaboration’ means two or more artists creating a shared response to existing artwork. If you’re looking to submit a more traditional, synchronous collaboration (e.g., you’re two artists creating a new series of responses to one another’s work), consider submitting to Collusion Books instead.
Simultaneous submissions: The con is long, but life is short, so submit wherever you want! If you place a submitted piece elsewhere, we likely won’t be able to publish it, so please let us know as soon as possible. Except in the case of an extended submission period, our response time is always under four months.
Past contributors: 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.
our commitment to publishing artists of different backgrounds & experiences
While assembling each issue, we strive to balance selection of different artistic forms & aesthetics with selection of works by artists with a range of backgrounds & experiences. This range includes First Nation, Inuit, Métis, and other Indigenous artists; Black artists, artists of colour, and other racialized artists; Two-Spirit, LGBTQIA+, and other rainbow artists; artists with disabilities or illnesses; artists with experiences of trauma, incarceration, poverty, or displacement; and artists who face other barriers to artistic creation or recognition.
If you’d like to help us make more informed decisions when assembling an issue, we invite you to identify your backgrounds or experiences. Your backgrounds and experiences don’t need to be addressed in your submitted artworks, your artist bio, or your artist statement. If you include them in the “Additional notes for the editors” section of the submission form, we’ll ensure they remain confidential.
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