By Mn Artists
October 31, 2017

About Editorial Submissions:

Mn Artists invites a series of rotating guest editors to publish original arts writing for three months at a time. Each guest editor brings 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 shifts 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 receives pitches and communication from writers, and the review process varies 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:

Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay is a Lao American writer focused on creating tools and spaces for the amplification of refugee voices through poetry, theater, and experimental cultural production. Her plays have been presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and Theater Mu. She is a Playwright's Center and Theater Mu fellow in playwriting, a Loft Literary Center fellow in poetry as well as in children's literature, a Twin Cities Media Alliance fellow in public art, and an Aspen Ideas Bush Foundation scholar. She holds a Master in Liberal Studies degree and co-hosted a podcast on Minnesota Public Radio. Her picture book, When Everything Was Everything, is available now.

Saymoukda writes: “Grace Lee Boggs, the great late activist, mother of Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) political consciousness, and my personal patron saint of bad-assery (she lived to be 100) once said that ‘consciousness is power’ and urged the necessity of ‘linking love and revolution’ in our work to transform communities. APIA artists who are women/nonbinary are using their passions, gifts, and talents to make moves. Because we are from our bodies and the histories that define us, our artmaking often aims to interrogate from a place of love. But how do we practice confidently when our agency is often denied and our full humanity silenced? The ten APIA artists in this collection have been asked, ‘What would it mean for you to be given agency?’ and they've attempted to write into clarity, their unapologetic truths.”

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:

Experienced editors (or experienced arts writers with an interest in editing) who would like to submit a proposal for a guest editor series can contact [email protected]

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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