C Magazine welcomes writing on contemporary art and culture that is lively and rigorously engaged with current ideas and debates. C is interested in writing that addresses emergent practices and places them in critical context.
We are currently accepting pitches for Issue 141, guest edited by Chris Lee and Ali Shamas Qadeer, and devoted to the relationships between design and power. This issue considers graphic design as a visual practice that is profoundly entangled with power and knowing. As a discipline that privileges a teleological historiography, client-oriented pedagogy, and the persistence of high modernism as an expression of its natural desire, graphic design has also precluded other ways of apprehending the world. In this issue, we invite designers, artists, theorists and clients to help redefine a discipline that—while often misrecognized merely as an effect of mass-production and a facet of commerce—is intimately connected with artistic practice and burgeoning as a mode of inquiry.
We are looking for: projects which engage with graphic design discourses and tools to create new forms; work that excavates the political and epistemological dimensions of graphic design, either in its contemporary form or through history; ways of considering and addressing design as a practice, discipline, pedagogy, ideology, poetics, and mode of critical inquiry.
Issue 141 will also coincide with the launch of the magazine’s 35th anniversary and its redesign by C’s designer, Raf Rennie.
C Magazine accepts pitches for reviews of exhibitions, books and other media, feature articles and interviews. C publishes reviews between 800 and 1,000 words in length, columns (see C Information for Writers document below for more details) between 800 and 1,000 words and feature essays, cultural analysis and interviews between 1,200 and 3,500 words. If you are interested in writing for C Magazine, please send us a pitch with a subject line that starts with the word PITCH and goes on to clearly indicate the submission type and subject.
Pitches are sent in the body of an email and must include a description of your proposed contribution (250 words maximum), the artists and artworks you plan to write about, what ideas or issues you plan to explore, and intended word count. Also include a link to your website—or, in the absence of a website—a copy of your CV and one long or two shorter writing samples (ideally ones that have already been published, and written in a style similar to your proposed piece). Pitches for features are due at 11:59pm on October 12 and pitches for reviews and columns are due at 11:59pm on October 31. Email all pitches to Jaclyn Bruneau, Editor at email@example.com. Submissions are vetted by the editorial team.
Final submissions of content must conform to the Chicago Manual of Style, with endnotes kept to a minimum. Please download the C Information for Writers guide for complete information.
Important Note: Each issue includes articles and reviews commissioned directly by the editors, as well as pieces originating from unsolicited pitches. We accept pitches on an ongoing basis up until the deadlines indicated above (and on occasion, after the deadline). We may have already fully commissioned the issue before the Pitch deadline, so please write to us as soon as you can if you're working on an idea you'd like us to consider.
C Magazine is published quarterly in March (Spring), June (Summer), September (Autumn) and December (Winter) by C The Visual Arts Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization established to present ideas, advance education and document contemporary visual art and artist culture.