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    Write for Mask Magazine

    We accept pitches and submissions! Please refer to this guide before submitting your work.

    Upcoming Themes

    May 2018 — The Shitshow Issue

    Laugh tracks. The “dirtbag left.” Comedy of manners. Slideshows. The end of mainstream standup. The tide pod challenge. UnREAL. Get Out. Cringe-worthy. Improv. Podcasts. Live comedy / open mics. Drunk history. Laughing by yourself. SNL. Tiffany Haddish. Bollywood. TED Talks. Facebook groups. LinkedIn. Office culture. Clickhole. Normies. The economics of online humor. Netflix Specials. Are there any funny books? Failed apologies. Comic relief. Idiocracy. Infantilized adulthood. Vlogs. Cooler online.

    Deadline: April 8, 2018. If you haven’t heard from us by April 13, feel free to send your pitch elsewhere.

    We’re always looking for relevant and timely pieces. Send pitches and submissions to mailroom+submissions@mask-mag.com with the submission in the subject line, along with a proposed title.

    Preferred Formats

    While we're willing to experiment with article formats (with exceptions documented in the DOs and DON'Ts beneath the sections below), there are certain approaches we would especially like:

    • Personal essays about an adventure or tribulation that you learned from
    • Documentation of a singular event you participated in or witnessed
    • Studies of movements or phenomena from history, art, music, the internet, or social life relevant to the theme
    • Stories on uncommon intersections on the theme
    • Investigative reports on current events, trends, or "subcultures"
    • How-to guides or tutorials

    If you wish to write a personal essay for us, please note that we are only able to accept full submissions. Feel free to send us a pitch and we’ll let you know if we are interested in the idea, but we will not be able to make a final commitment to publish it until we see an early or complete first draft.

    Sending a Pitch

    To pitch Mask Magazine, please send us an email (address found at the end of this document) according to the following specifications:

    • Subject line: [pitch] :your proposed title:
    • If you’re pitching for a specific issue, mention which one (we also accept pitches on topics outside the issue themes)
    • A brief summary of the piece
    • The soonest date you could deliver this text

    A few DOs and DON'Ts about pitches:

    • Don't send us an academic abstract packed with jargon
    • Do tell us why you think a particular subject is important or interesting
    • Don't ask to review an art exhibition
    • Do tell us about a new or forgotten art trend/movement
    • Don't tell us why an -ism is too prevalent, or an -ization needs deeper critical analysis
    • Don't propose reviewing/examining one particular aspect of a culture you don't belong to
    • Do offer to describe your experience of venturing outside of your own background or comfort zone

    Sending a Submission

    We also accept the submission of works that have already been drafted. To submit an unpublished work to Mask Magazine, please send us an email according to the following specifications:

    • Subject line: [submission] :your proposed title:
    • If you’re submission is intended for a specific issue, mention which one (we also accept submissions on topics outside the issue themes)
    • A brief summary of the piece
    • An attached .docx, .pages, rtf, .md, or .txt file

    Some DOs and DON'Ts about submissions:

    • Don't send us works of fiction
    • Do change the names and identifying characteristics of anyone featured in your work who does not consent to be portrayed by you
    • Don't send us works of poetry
    • Do send us expressive, evocative prose
    • Don't send us unsolicited profiles of third parties, or their work
    • Do send us stories about you and your friends
    • Don't send documents with embedded photographs
    • Do attach relevant images to the email if they preface, document, or conclude a particular story.
    • Don't use elaborate styling or aggressively experimental syntax (you know who you are).
    • Do refer to the Chicago Manual of Style to impress us, and make us grin, and gasp, and refer to your work warmly over the course of the following weeks.

    Please note if you send us an unsolicited submission, in rare cases we may opt to publish it before following up with you should the subject matter be urgent or otherwise extremely timely. If you'd like to establish terms before publication, please send us a pitch before sending the entirety of the text.

    If we say yes

    Your submission will be moved to a Google Doc which we will share with you. All subsequent edits and notes should be made to that document. If you do not have a Google account, and are not interested in having one, you will need to create a throwaway account specifically for your work for us.

    We will also need a short bio from you, including:

    • Your public name
    • Your Twitter handle (if you have one)
    • Two sentences describing your activities and interests in the third person
    • A link to a portfolio or other personal website.
    • A square headshot selfie for your byline (one 500px × 500px .jpg file)
    • The email address associated with your PayPal account.

    Our readers buy subscriptions so we can pay you

    We don’t plan on ever supporting our project with advertising revenue. We charge a sliding-scale subscription. Whether your article is featured as free content or behind the paywall is an editorial decision that will be made (for unrelated reasons) after you submit your final draft to us.

    We pay

    Paying contributors is an important element to our plan. As such, provided we approve your submission and you make necessary edits with our editors, you can expect some dough. We pay between $40 and $200 for written features.

    Please keep in mind that we pay contributors 30 business days after the article is published.

    Bylines and Privacy

    Articles we publish will be credited with your full public name, a brief biographical paragraph including a link to your Twitter account (if you have one), and any links to your personal portfolio or other websites. We also will need a square headshot selfie.

    If the attribution of a piece might cause you undue personal or professional stress, we may suggest that the work be published without your name or any other personal attribution. To maintain the space for those who need it, not all requests for anonymity can be granted. Please do not submit any work to us that implicates anyone with risk whom you have not personally contacted for permission beforehand. We are neither a gossip nor a breaking news publication. Additionally, please do not submit any work intended to be published pseudonymously, i.e. with attribution to a social media handle or organization.

    We do not publish critical breaking news, or other works of hard journalism. As such, for the time being we do not maintain an open channel for encrypted email technology like PGP or GPG. If you send us an encrypted email, we will probably delete it without response. Please do not initiate a conversation with us that you would not be comfortable with any volunteer participating in. To increase the anonymity of an email, try using a service like riseup.net from a public computer.

    Response Time

    Unfortunately, because we receive a constant flow of pitches and submissions, we can only respond to accepted pitches and submissions. Please keep in mind that we are a small, independent publisher with a limited editorial team and processing incoming offers takes up a lot of our resources. While it is always our objective to respond to emails, if you do not hear from us, please assume that your pitch was not the right fit for us at the time.

    We thank all prospective contributors for understanding our process.

    Send pitches and submissions to mailroom+submissions@mask-mag.com

    We are always looking for great photographers and illustrators to collaborate with. If you are interested in receiving general assignments, you can sign up to our email list for artists. Please read through our guidelines before sending us inquiries.

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