By Mn Artists
October 31, 2017

About Editorial Submissions:

Mn Artists will be welcoming a series of rotating guest editors to publish original arts writing for three months at a time. Each guest editor will bring their own unique perspective, network of writers, and publishing concept. Writers who are interested in publishing writing for Mn Artists should note that the tone and direction of the publication will shift significantly several times a year, so take a look at the most recent published articles to see how your work might fit in. Each guest editor will be receiving pitches and communication from writers, and the review process will vary from editor to editor.

There are guidelines for Mn Artists' editorial that apply to all guest editors. In general, we are interested in publishing writing by new and seasoned arts writers, pieces that amplify communities of practice across the state of Minnesota, and place Minnesota artists and practices within a wider narrative regionally, nationally, and internationally. We consider work involving all artistic disciplines, and especially support inter- and multidisciplinary conversations. Formats include interviews, essays, critical reviews, profiles, scene pieces, creative writing, or work that otherwise innovates with form. We are especially known for publishing first-person writing by artists, pieces that shed light on the artistic process and explore pressing issues in the field. We do not break news, publish event previews, or do basic coverage of arts events; we ask that writers tie events into more global issues to create strong evergreen pieces. Our style is smart but conversational, directed at artists and arts-interested audiences. Writers are contracted per piece, with fees ranging between $100-200, with the specific rate, guidelines, and deadline assigned by the guest editor.

Current Guest Editor:

Free Black Dirt is an artistic partnership formed by Minneapolis based collaborators Junauda Petrus and Erin Sharkey.  Committed to creating original theatre and performance, hosting innovative events, organizing local artists, and promoting and supporting the emerging artists’ community in the Twin Cities, Free Black Dirt seeks to spark and engage in critical conversations.

Free Black Dirt’s curatorial vision for this series is focusing on multidimensional, engaged and interactive writings within themes of Black joy, Afro-futurism and transformation. The writers we have selected are people who are saturated in whimsical imaginings and obsessed with revolutionary magic. They will look at craft and artistic process as ritual and subject matter.

As writers and activists we see the  importance of Afro-futurism in social justice struggles specifically but not limited to prison abolition and the policing of Blackness. As writers we are investigating themes of healing, queerness, wildness and joy within Blackness, and how these become compasses when we are confronted with experiences of Black destruction and demise. What does a black liberation future look like? How can we imagine blackness flourishing through expression and celebration? Telling our stories, being in our bodies, looking to the stars--what are the bounds of our possibility?

Writer Submissions:

Arts writers who are interested in writing for Mn Artists can contact Mn Artists Program Manager Emily Gastineau at [email protected]. Please send information on your relevant experience, a bit about why you're interested in writing for Mn Artists and how you see yourself fitting into the publication, thoughts about the kind of writing you'd like to do (topic, format, etc.), as well as 1-3 samples of your previous arts writing. Emily will facilitate contact with the current Guest Editor if your interests overlap with their publishing concept, or keep your information on file for future Guest Editors, in case there is a good fit down the road.

Guest Editor Proposals:

We will be opening a call for future guest editors later in 2018. Please check back for full guidelines, or email [email protected] with questions in the meantime. 

Press Releases:

Artists, arts organizers, arts organizations, and promoters of arts events may continue to send press releases to [email protected]. Please do not send requests for promotional coverage or proposals for especially time-sensitive pieces. We rarely assign pieces in response to contact from the event organizers; it's a better bet for you to reach out directly to the writers who engage with work like yours. We do, however, appreciate you keeping us in the loop about your activities. 

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