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 July 31 to be considered for ISSUE 8
our permanent theme
In one sense, long con is a niche magazine, publishing only art about art — by which we mean artworks created in response to other works of art and culture.
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 artwork we publish is accompanied by an artist statement, which identifies the work(s) of art or culture that the artwork 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 submissions may be already exhibited, performed, released, or otherwise circulated but must be unpublished in any print or digital magazine, anthology, or book.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 6 artworks from an artistic sequence or 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Text-based & literary submissions must be unpublished in print or digitally.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 no more than 5 pages in length. (For longer poems, please submit sections or excerpts.) Fiction, scripts for stage or screen, & their translations may be any number of pieces or a single piece up to roughly 10 pages, or 2500 words, in length. (This is a soft limit, but please consider our single-page publishing format & our significant mobile device readership when deciding to exceed 10 pages.) At this time, we don’t publish nonfiction, whether criticism, review, lyric essay, or otherwise.
What forms of art can your submission respond to?
Any artistic or cultural object/performance — from ‘professional’ arts (those usually encountered in galleries & theatres) to crafts, fashion, and popular media (music, movies, comics) — from the civilizational (monuments, architecture, tools) to the ephemeral (advertisements, memes, assembly instructions) — from the propagandistic (military parades, political speeches) to the non-human (paintings by elephants, bird nests, insect dances).
If you’re not sure whether we’d consider it “art,” ask us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions can respond to more than one work of art or culture and can, of course, leap from those works into broader explorations artists and art forms. But what we value most are specific encounters with specific works — and the unfolding of those encounters into creative reaction.
the finer details
Contributor payment: We offer CAN$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 CAN$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 have ready the bios of all collaborators, as well as each collaborator’s artist website and social media handles. In the context of long con, ‘collaboration’ means two or more artists creating a shared response to another work of art or culture. If you are artists creating a series of responses to one another’s artworks, your submission would be a better fit with Collusion Books, our chapbook press for collaborative projects.
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 curating each issue, we strive to balance selection of different artistic forms & aesthetics with selection of works by artists with a range of 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, artists of colour, and other racialized artists; Two-Spirit, LGBTQIA+, and other rainbow artists; artists with disabilities or chronic illnesses; and artists with experiences of trauma, incarceration, poverty, or displacement.
You can help us make more informed decisions when curating an issue by identifying any of your backgrounds or experiences that make it more difficult for you to create art or to be recognized for your artistic work. These 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” field of the submission form, we’ll ensure they remain confidential.
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