SAD Mag has a mandate to support Vancouver’s diverse culture and young artists. We feature the lives and work of Vancouver’s residents as seen through the eyes of burgeoning writers and visual artists based in the lower mainland area.
Our next issue, CHEESE (no. 23), will be released in Spring 2017. We’re looking for stories, art and photography on the theme of cheese, including both literal interpretations (eating, making, or thinking about cheese) and “cheesy” themes: sentimentality, kitsch, “lowbrow” culture, and more. Please review our submission guidelines below before contacting us. Update: we are no longer accepting story pitches for Cheese! Art & photography submissions are still welcome.
Current Issue (On Stands Now!)
Submission Guidelines for the Printed Magazine
Print magazine: We encourage new writers to check out a copy of SAD Mag to get a feel for our publication style. While we make a sincere effort to reply to every pitch, we receive a high volume of emails and are managed by a staff of volunteers. Editorial pitches can be addressed to Sara Harowitz: email@example.com.
Features: Between 1,400 and 3,000 words, features explore the issue themes in depth and detail.
Interviews: Between 800 and 1,200 words, we include interviews with musicians, artists, designers, and other Vancouver creatives. Interviews may be in profile or Q&A format.
Dispatches: Dispatches are 300-word front-of-book pieces on the issue theme from Vancouverites living, working, or travelling all over the world.
Poetry & Prose: For Poetry & Prose submissions please see our call for submissions.
Illustrations & Photography: If you are interested in illustrating or photographing a piece specifically for the magazine please submit your website portfolio or a link to a couple pieces showcasing your style via the submission form or to firstname.lastname@example.org. If selected you will be assigned an article to be paired with. Please note we only publish film photography in our printed magazine.
Currently, we are not accepting pitches for
- Digital photography or pre-shot editorials
- Music reviews
- Book reviews
Submission Guidelines for Web
SAD Mag online is where we feature local events and interviews with creative Vancouverites, as well as pieces on our current theme that couldn’t fit in the print issue. Web articles are usually 300–600 words, or longer if they include Q&As. We love promoting the great work and art being created in our city, and encourage writers to submit posts on anything they want to share with the Vancouver arts community! We are particularly interested in stories or ideas that tie in with our current or upcoming issue themes. For style guidelines or to share your ideas, please write to our web editors at email@example.com. Pitches regarding film, theatre, literature, and design should be addressed to Sarah Bakke. Pitches about photography, art, and events should be addressed to Megan Jenkins.
Visual: We welcome submissions from painters, illustrators, photographers, videographers, and other artists. In our print issues, we only feature film photography (including Polaroid). Please include the URL of your portfolio or website if you have one, so we can link to you.
Call for reviewers
We are currently looking for contributors interested in reviewing theatre and/or film productions. To apply, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.