long con is published quarterly &
accepts submissions year-round on a rolling basis
Submit by November 15, 2020, to be considered for ISSUE 5
what to submit
We're always accepting artworks that respond to other artworks.
Textual / literary submissions must be unpublished in print or online. Poetry & poetry translations may be any number of poems and should be 1 - 5 pages. Fiction & fiction translations may be any number of flash stories or a single longer story and should be 3 - 10 pages. We do not publish essays, reviews, or creative non-fiction.
Visual, video, audio, digital, and hybrid submissions may be already exhibited, performed, released, or otherwise circulated but must be unpublished in a print or online book, anthology, or periodical. You may submit an artistic series, a selection from a series, or any number of individual artworks.
Collaborative submissions: We encourage collaborative submissions. Be sure to include the bios of all collaborators, as well as their social media handles and websites, if applicable. 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, synchronous 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. Except in the case of an extended submission period, our response time is always under four months.
"art about art"?
We understand the category "art" to be very broad—ranging from your kid's popsicle-stick pencil holder to a 700-story mega-tower in a sci-fi film—but in order to fit long con's eternal theme, each submitted piece must respond to a specific artwork (or specific artworks) that you identify 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 with specific artworks and their unfolding into creative reaction.
See our latest issue for examples.
how to submit
Send your artworks about other artworks to :
Subject line: [submission genre], [your name]
Required: artist bio (written in 3rd person and containing your pronouns)
Required: artist's statement reflecting, briefly, on how each attached submission responds to another artwork (written in 1st person; this description is required for each submitted artwork and is for publication alongside the artwork)
Preferred: social media accounts and website (which will be used to promote your work)
Attachments: submission(s) in common file types
Past contributors should 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.
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?
commitment to publishing artists & authors of many different backgrounds & experiences
While assembling each issue, we strive to balance selection of different artistic forms & aesthetics with selection of works by artists with a range of identities & experiences. This range includes First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and other Indigenous artists; Black artists, artists of colour, and other racialized artists; Two-Spirit, LGBTQIA+, and other rainbow artists; artists with disabilities or illnesses; artists with experience of trauma, incarceration, poverty, displacement, or immigration; and artists who face other barriers to artistic creation & recognition.
If you'd like to help us make more informed decisions when assembling an issue, we invite you to identify yourself and/or your experiences in a separate note in your submission email. These identities and experiences don't need to be addressed in your submission or in your bio, and they will remain confidential.