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    Somersault Magazine: Call for Submissions

    Somersault wants your articles, your think pieces, your journalism of varying lengths on the bridge between the arts and culture world and politics (the politics of everyday life, social politics, activism, electoral, you name it). We want pieces that range in topic from politically-themed works of literature to the gender politics of the fine art world, or the representations of political machinery in pop culture (and whatever else you can dream up in this vein). We want critical pieces that use a variety of interpretations of the ideas of both politics and the arts, moving beyond traditional notions of the terms, and we want nonfiction that’s sharp and innovative. As we told you in our introduction, we aim to turn things on their heads, as our title indicates.

    There are no hard and fast rules about length or form, but keep it within reason; we really are not going to publish your 30,000-word exegesis on Infinite Jest or your very passionate treatise on how children should be fed copies of Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal.” (See what we did there?). We know you can get wonky, esoteric, and passionate — and that’s great! We can, too — but don’t forget that you’re going to be writing for a ‘general’ audience, and if you go too far off course, we’re going to pass. Keep a level head. Also: we’re absolutely, positively not going to take anything about Lena Dunham, HBO’s Girls, or, obviously, anything sexist, racist, homophobic, and so on.

    Please send all story pitches and manuscript submissions (as well as other magazine-related queries) to somersaultmag@gmail.com and one of us will be getting back to you in as timely a manner as we can. Please put in the header “Pitch,” “Submission” or “Inquiry,” so we can streamline the process of replying. Attach the file as .doc/.docx instead of copy/pasting it into the body of the email. Send us clips of yours to read if you have them, but we’re more than willing to publish… in fact, scratch that, we want very much to publish new writers (we’re new to this editor business, so it’s only right). Tell us briefly who you are and what we ought to know about you. If you want to send us something that you have previously posted on your own blog, we’ll be happy to consider it, but don’t send us something published by another outlet.

    We feel it only fair to inform you that we cannot compensate you financially (the editors aren’t making any money off of this venture, either). We can offer you publication in our online magazine, all of our gratitude and the good feeling you get when you participate in cool journalism.
    You have until midnight on October 31st to get these to us!

    Meanwhile, follow us here on Tumblr and on Twitter to receive updates and more from the editors!  We so look forward to reading all of your brilliance.

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