We accept pitches and submissions! Please refer to this guide before submitting your work.
This text describes how to get published in Mask Magazine, and how to expedite the process of pitching and editing. The email address for submissions can be found at the end of this document.
Although Mask Magazine is updated frequently, sometimes many times per day, each issue has a theme which unfolds over the course of each month. Currently, we're planning:
Further details about our themes — including deadlines — can be found in our public Upcoming in Mask Magazine document.
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:
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.
To pitch Mask Magazine, please send us an email (address found at the end of this document) according to the following specifications:
[pitch] :your proposed title:
A few DOs and DON'Ts about pitches:
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 To submit an unpublished work to Mask Magazine, please send us an email according to the following specifications:
[submission] :your proposed title:
Some DOs and DON'Ts about submissions:
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.
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:
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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.
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.
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.
You may qualify to publish anonymously. 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.
We try to respond to every pitch or submission in a relatively timely manner. Unfortunately, because we receive a constant flow of pitches and submissions, we may not respond as immediately as both you or we would like. 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. Please do not send us a follow up about a pitch or submission. 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.
In certain cases, we may not respond immediately because your idea might fit better with an issue we have yet to announce. We thank all prospective contributors for understanding our process, and are dedicating a lot of energy to improving our response times at every level.
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.continue reading
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