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ISSUE 9

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smART Magazine is now accepting submissions and pitches for Issue No.9, from writers, illustrators, and photographers anywhere in the world. Submissions are available for the five sections below.* Please email submissions to submit @ smartbylighthouse.com, with the following subject line format:
Your name |
Section you’re submitting to | Issue 9 

Pitch and Submission details: 

- Submissions can range from 30 words to 3500 words.

- Fees will be determined on a case-to-case basis. Contributors will be able to view suggested changes before accepting fees and publication. A style guide will be provided if a submission is accepted. 

- Pitches should be delivered in 100 words or less, including relevant links, social handles, and other pertinent information. Contributors are encouraged to include, within the aforementioned word-count, their personal connection to the pitch/why they find the story particularly compelling. 

- Pitches should be written in the body of the email. Submissions should be attached as a g.doc or Word document (with <30 word description in the body of the email).

- Contributors are encouraged to consider pitches and submissions that are appropriate for the publication date below. 

- Issue No.9 will be published in April 2022 in print. 

1) Visual arts

smART Magazine welcomes pitches and submissions that preview, review, celebrate, critique, or analyse artists, exhibits, and artworks in the visual arts at large. A strong preference is given to pitches and submissions that highlight under-represented artists and communities, and/or explores the intersection of the visual and immersive arts. Submissions can be made in the form of text, illustration, or photography.

2) Music

smART Magazine welcomes pitches and submissions that preview, review, celebrate, critique, or analyse albums, concerts, performances, productions, composers, and musicians at large. A strong preference is given to pitches and submissions that highlight under-represented artists and communities, and/or explores the intersection of the performing and immersive arts. A preference is also given for artists in experimental, jazz, and orchestral music (though publication will also be considered for other genres). Submissions can be made in the form of text. 

3) Theatre & Performance

smART Magazine welcomes pitches and submissions that preview, review, celebrate, critique, or analyse forthcoming theatrical and cinematic productions, directors, actors, writers, studios, and production companies. A strong preference is given to pitches and submissions that highlight under-represented artists and communities, and/or explores the intersection of the performing and immersive arts. Submissions can be made in the form of text.

4) Arts & Letters

smART Magazine welcomes essay submissions (between 500 words to 3500 words) on any topic related to the visual, performing, and immersive arts. Submissions may be written from any perspective, but should be accessible to the average reader. A strong preference is given to pitches and submissions that highlight under-represented artists and communities, and/or brings attention to issues of equity and inclusivity within arts communities on the local and global scale.

5) Poetry and Illustration Contest

smART Magazine presents its third Poetry and Illustration Contest for publication in the Arts & Letters section of Issue No.9.

Poetry Submission details:

- Poetry submissions can be made in any style, and must be in English (though we will also accept, and aim to publish, a simultaneous translation of your poem in any language, if provided). 

- Poems must be composed in 20 lines or less, including quotes, subtitles, and any other external reference. 

- Prompt:

In his interview for Issue No.8 of smART Magazine, New York-based composer, Mark Adamo, reflects on his latest production (The Lord of Cries) with the following observation: 

I follow the Zadie Smiths, the Richard Russos, and the Tony Kushners of the world saying the real value of art is muscular empathy. It’s trying to understand, not just the people who are like you, but to get inside the people who are not at all like you and try to figure out how they tick.  (Page 35).

Using the above text as a basis of inspiration, compose a poem that explores the concept of ‘muscular empathy’ in the context of your immediate, natural, or artistic reality. We encourage the exploration of the presence and absence of empathy as described above, and how this relates to the broader sociopolitical contexts in our world today.

 

Prize: Publication and 2 tickets to a Lighthouse Immersive exhibit in your city, or a $60 (CAD) cash prize. 

Illustration and Photography Submission details:

- Illustrations will be accepted only in digital form, as either a .jpeg or .png file (contributors are encouraged to submit in both formats).

- Illustrations must be scaled to occupy a single page of dimensions: 9 inches tall by 7 inches wide. 

- Photography will also be accepted as submission in this contest, subject to the above dimensions. 

- Prompt:

In his interview for Issue No.8 of smART Magazine, New York-based composer, Mark Adamo, reflects on his latest work (The Lord of Cries ) with the following observation:

I follow the Zadie Smiths, the Richard Russos, and the Tony Kushners of the world saying the real value of art is muscular empathy. It’s trying to understand, not just the people who are like you, but to get inside the people who are not at all like you and try to figure out how they tick.  (Page 35).

Using the above text as a basis of inspiration, compose an illustration that explores the concept of ‘muscular empathy’ in the context of your immediate, natural, or artistic reality. We encourage the exploration of the tension between self-preservation and empathy as described above, and how this informs the perception of spaces within and without.

- Prize: Publication and 2 tickets to a Lighthouse Immersive exhibit in your city, or a $60 (CAD) cash prize.

* To accommodate various forms of expression that fall outside of the above parameters, we encourage contributors to also make pitches and submissions in formats not listed above; we will aim to accommodate such formats, where reasonable. 

Reviews

Got an upcoming production you'd like to review? smART Magazine is now accepting submissions and pitches for reviews anywhere in the world. Reviews are being accepted for the sections: 


- Concerts / Stage Productions of any kind

- Theatre 

- Dance 

- Exhibits 

- Album releases

* Please make submissions to submit (at) smartbylighthouse.com, with the following subject line format: Your name | Review | Issue 9 

* Reviews are between 3oo-500 words. Fees will be determined on a case to case basis.