SAD Mag has a mandate to support Vancouver’s diverse culture and young artists. Contributors based in the Lower Mainland, or submissions about the region, make up the vast majority of our accepted pitches. We will very rarely make exceptions for work that is particularly compelling or relevant to the theme.
Submissions are welcome from those who have never been published before, or who are in the early stages of their careers.
To learn more about the types of stories and content we feature, please pick up a copy of SAD Mag or peruse our back issues.
Our next issue, GREEN (no. 26), will be released in Winter 2018.
Submissions are now open. SAD Mag is looking for pitches and submissions (from 400 to 1,000 words) for our next issue. This time, the theme is GREEN, and we are asking for writing (poetry and prose) that engages with this theme in an unexpected way.
What kind of GREEN do we mean? Topics to consider are money, jealousy, environmental activism, plant life, weed, aliens (little green men), juice cleanses, lawnmowers, homeopathic medicine, and the colour green. Successful submissions will be published online or in our print issue. Writers and artists whose work is selected for our print issue will receive an honorarium between $50-$150 pending funding.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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 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, 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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