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long con is published quarterly & accepts submissions year-round:

submit by April 30, 2020, to be considered for long con ISSUE 3 (published in May)

submission guidelines:

  • Send your artworks about other artworks to longconmag@gmail.com:

    • ​Subject line: [submission genre], [your name]

    • Email body:

      • your artist bio in 3rd person (including your pronouns)

      • your social media accounts and website (for promotional use)

      • a brief description of how each attached submission responds to another artwork

    • Attachments: submission(s) in common file types

For long con editors, the category of "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, a submitted piece must respond to a specific artwork, one you identify in detail in your submission email. A submission may, of course, respond to more than one such artwork. A submission may also take an artwork as the starting point for a broader exploration of an artist or art form. We're not interested in submissions that forego 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. A specific moment of encounter and its unfolding into creative reaction: that's the soul of what we're looking for.

Still not sure quite what we're on about? Try out ISSUE 1.

  • We're currently seeking textual, visual, video, and audio art:

    • Poetry (3 to 5 pages), fiction (3 to 10 pages, single-spaced), and translation submissions should be unpublished in print or online.

    • Visual/photographic art, video/performance art, and music/audio art submissions may be new or existing; they may have been exhibited, performed, released, or otherwise circulated but should ​be unpublished in any print or online book, anthology, or periodical.

  • We encourage collaborative submissions.

  • We not only permit but encourage simultaneous submissions. The con may be long, but life is short. Our response times are always under three months, meaning we can usually beat another publication to the punch. If you do place a submitted piece elsewhere, we probably can't publish it, so let us know. We'll congratulate you with sincerity and then promptly worry that we're missing out.

  • As a new digital venue, we cannot yet offer payment for publication. We're not monsters. We know that the 'exposure' economy is insulting and that artist exploitation does real social harm, so when we are able to start paying contributors, we will begin by backpaying our earliest contributors first.


As settlers living and working in ancestral, unceded, and unsold Mi'kmaq territory, we would like to actively prioritize submissions by First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and (in a global sense) other Indigenous artists. When submitting, we welcome you to identify yourself and/or your affiliations in your artist bio or in a separate note in your submission email.

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