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PITCH TO AWC ONLINE

Art for the many, not for the few

Pitch Format

  • Two paragraphs, or about 500 words
  • Images (high res), Videos (link)
  • After you’ve pitched your story, introduce yourself (in a few sentences, a little bio). If you’ve never written for us before, include links or attach writing samples.
  • Reveal Bias if you are working for a PR firm, if you are writing on a friend’s solo show, if you are affiliated to a political movement, if your submission is related to the interests of third parties in general, please let us know.
  • We are also interested in completed submissions. Introduce the piece and yourself in the body of your email (see above), then attach it.
  • Include relevant dates for a show/film screening/etc. in your pitch, as well as a link to a page with more info about it.
  • Tell us if you’re simultaneously pitching the same story elsewhere

We are excited to open AWC’s online platform for everyone interested in discussions of arts and society, wealth and poverty, and to feature the many voices writing for the future out there. 

The single best way to get a sense of what we’re interested in is to read the paper prior to sending that pitch. The online platform gives us far more room to experiment with format and length, complexities and simplicities that are not as strictly curated as in print. So don’t hesitate to do something less formal than a typical essay format. 

You may notice that while we publish pieces across the board the work typically falls in the categories of; how art can be a tool for social justice; the politics of the art world; political action from the ground up; and personal expressions of global politics. We welcome stories from around the globe in every language, yet keep in mind that our editors are able to edit your text only in English, German and Spanish, so if you wish to publish in another language the piece will have to come to us already finished. 

We are an art publication but do not wish to speak exclusively to those whom have just recently left an mfa program: write simply and write well. 

Reports: These are usually tied to the news. They can vary in length, a shorter piece may cover a rally or protest while a longer piece may go more in depth with a lot more reporting and research on a news story or add context to an event. Pictures will have to be attached. Timeliness is important — we want to publish soon after the event happens.

Reviews: We are excited to begin publishing online more timely reviews than our bi-monthly paper allows. We are interested in visual art shows and events, performances, commercial literature and film, sound art and happenings. 

Review timeline: We’ll only run exhibition reviews while shows are still open. That means you should pitch it to us in advance. For live performances (theater, performance art, dance), we prefer to have a review during the run, but a summation of the event is also possible but should be published within a week of the end of the event.  Book or film reviews can be written about a piece from any time period through our current lens.  

Revisions: This format is an alternative model for art criticism that is not focused on "rating" an exhibition or institution but rather focuses on a more holisitic approach on the typologies of the art exhibited and how it relates to the ecosystem in which it is embedded. This Revision takes in to account that work of art, or criticism, are never the product of a single person but a collective process, built upon a foundation of certain social dynamics and preconditions.

Letters of Workers and Notes on Cities: We have two new sections available online; Letters from Workers and Notes on Cities which allow for the writer to take a more personal approach to the current event taking place. Please refer to our previous posts for this type of piece but basically it is a diary style work capturing the mise-en-scene that is missing from cursory news reporting or a traditional review format. This piece is also accompanied by visual evidence in the form of your photos, screenshots, posters or youtube playlists. These pieces must be pitched at least a month in advance and will rely on your submitted writing samples.  

Letters from Workers: This format should focus on a particular industry or job from the inside, and form connections with broader labour movements or philosophies. How does your work make you feel? Will your job exist in 50 years? What does your commute look like? Are your co-workers down to unionize or are they just trying to go for business lunch?

Notes on Cities: This takes after the format of other online art publications who do a diary segment. Please take our readers into your urban space, populated by characters and connected ever more by infinite facebook events and public transit lines. This is a chance to promote smaller scenes and cities as well as new formations in the quickly gentrifying magnates. What does Art in this city look like? Where do people gather? What do you want to eat? Who are you going to meet? 

Opinion piece: You’ve probably noticed that AWC is opinionated. Our writers ever-more so. But it’s important to make sure those opinions are well-researched and argued. Don't feel constricted to the classic op-ed format but do not copy and paste your reddit rant into a word document and send it through.

Miscellaneous: We are especially excited about the fore-mentioned categories but don’t hesitate to try something else. We love a well researched essay, a funny piece, and are interested in displaying different formats (Comics? Videos? Photo Essay?). AWC online is an opportunity to expand the expression of workers inside and outside the arts. Dream big with us!

Writer’s Fee: We offer a modest writer’s fee of 50 euro for accepted pitches. We hope to increase this fee in the future but as of now, this is what our budget allows. 

 

Submit your pitches to hey@artsoftheworkingclass.org with subject line: Online Pitch. See you in 2020 ;)