long con is published quarterly &
accepts submissions year-round on a rolling basis
submit by July 31, 2020, to be considered for long con ISSUE 4 (published in August)
how to submit
Send your artworks about other artworks to :
Subject line: [submission genre], [your name]
artist bio (written in 3rd person and containing your pronouns)
social media accounts and website (which will be used to promote your work)
brief description of how each attached submission responds to another artwork (this is required, and it will be published alongside the submission)
Attachments: submission(s) in common file types
For long con editors, the category "art" is very broad—ranging from your kid's popsicle-sticky pencil holder to a 700-story mega-tower in a sci-fi film—but in order to fit long con's theme, each submitted piece must respond to a specific artwork that you identify in detail in your submission email. A submission may respond to more than one such artwork. Or it may take an artwork as the starting point for a broader exploration of an artist or art form. We're not interested in submissions that skimp on engagement with specific artworks in favour of general responses to an artist's oeuvre or life, an artistic school or movement, an art form or genre, etc. We want specific moments of encounter and their unfolding into creative reaction. See our past issues for examples.
We're currently seeking textual, visual, video, and audio art:
Literary submissions must be unpublished in print or online. Poetry & poetry translations should be 3 - 5 pages; fiction & fiction translations should be 3 - 10 pages. We do not publish essays, reviews, or creative non-fiction.
Visual, video, and audio submissions may be already exhibited, performed, released, or otherwise circulated but must be unpublished in a print or online book, anthology, or periodical.
Collaboration: We encourage collaborative submissions! Be sure you include the bios, social media handles, and websites of all collaborators. In the context of long con, 'collaboration' means two or more artists creating a shared response to existing artwork. If you're looking to submit a more traditional collaboration (e.g., you're two artists creating a new series of responses to one another's work), consider submitting to Collusion Books instead.
Simultaneous submissions: The con is long, but life is short, so submit wherever you want! If you place a submitted piece elsewhere, we likely won't be able to publish it, so please let us know as soon as possible. Our response times are always under three months.
Payment: We cannot offer immediate contributor payment for new issues. However, thanks to the generosity of our readers, we're in the process of paying our past contributors. When our payments catch up to the issue in which you appear, we'll get in touch to offer $25 for a short literary contribution (poetry under 50 lines total or prose under 1000 words total) or $50 for any other contribution. If you're not concerned about payment, are you in a position to support long con?
BIPOC artists: We actively prioritize submissions by First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and other Indigenous artists; Black artists; and other artists of colour. When submitting, we welcome you to identify yourself or your communities in your artist bio or in a separate note in your submission email.
Past contributors: Please wait one year before submitting again. If we've published you as a solo artist but you wish to submit a collaborative piece (or vice versa), you may disregard this waiting period.