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, TRASH (no. 25), will be released in Spring 2018. Submissions are now open, please use the submission form to your right.
We are after your trashiest stories, articles, and analysis and we welcome creative interpretations of our theme. Topics to consider are pulp fiction, actual garbage, metaphorical garbage, talking trash, trash television, clubbing, trashy fashion, personal taste, and repurposed garbage. Successful submissions will be published online or in our print issue.
Current Issue (On Stands Now!)
Our current issue, SPACE (no. 24), is on stands now! Subscribe and get it mailed straight to your door!
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 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: Send submissions of up to 1,000 words to Keagan Perlette, Poetry & Prose Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please attach your work in a .doc or .docx file. If you are submitting more than one piece, please send them in one document. In your email, please include a short bio and any relevant contact information.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pitches regarding film, visual art, performance, and design should be addressed to Sarah Bakke. Pitches about theatre, literature, comedy and events should be addressed to Sarah Thompson.
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're currently seeking application from writers interested in reviewing literature, visual arts, and performance for the website. Successful applicants will be assigned reviews according to the writer's individual interests and as the editors see fit. This is a volunteer position.
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