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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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 email@example.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audio, & interactive submissions may be already exhibited, performed, released, or otherwise circulated but must be unpublished in any print or digital magazine, anthology, or book.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Literary submissions (including translations) must be unpublished in print or digitally.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 We do not publish nonfiction (whether creative essay, review, interview, or otherwise).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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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