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Fashion and pop culture are important parts of everyday life and politics, but we don’t often have opportunities to dig deep into how these things connect us to larger communities and power structures.

Dismantle Magazine is all about how understanding fashion, pop culture and social issues can help us dismantle systems of oppression.

We feature the work of writers, scholars, activists, and artists in a supportive, collaborative environment.

Our goal is to be a framework for doing rather than a site for telling.

We are an ad-free, completely independent space for exchanging and exploring stories. The site is supported by contributions from Patreon. Every contribution from Patreon goes directly to maintaining the website and supporting writers.

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We are re-opening submissions and will review them on a rolling basis.

What We Really Really Want

We’re especially interested in personal essays that critically explore larger issues related to fashion, pop culture and social change. Rather than straight cultural analysis, we prioritize work that puts story first. We want compelling characters and vivid scenes, words that make us think and feel. Give us personal essays that connect your experience with fashion to a larger cultural or political phenomenon. Send us your reflections on a pop culture obsession that ties current trends to a longer history. Or, share an experiment that blends illustration and reflective text. We’re open to creative, innovative approaches, so don’t be afraid to send us something we haven’t thought of yet!

Whatever it is, it should tell a story that matters right now and have clear, compelling stakes. It should speak to our mission of dismantling oppression, cultivating community, and reflecting on the ways fashion and pop culture connect us to larger communities and power structures

Note: we’re most interested in submissions related to fashion (in the broadest sense, including adornment, textiles, the body, etc.).

In addition to the above: We always want fun explainers of trends and forgotten bits of fashion history.

We strongly prefer work that is between 1200 and 2500 words.

Have an idea you want to run by us first? Feel free to get in touch at dismantlemedia at gmail dot com. While we no longer accept pitches, we're happy to let you know if we think something could be a good fit, or suggest ways it might work for us.

What is NOT the right fit for us
  • Close-readings of a single movie/TV show etc.
  • Poetry
  • Book/Movie/TV/etc. Reviews
  • Op-eds
  • Hot takes
  • Academic or jargon-filled writing
  • Research that’s maybe super interesting but doesn’t show us clear stakes or tell a story
Yes, we pay!

We've increased our pay to $100.00 per article over ~1000 words. We’re able to do this entirely because of our Patreon supporters. More support on Patreon means more money for writers!

Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Just please let us know immediately if you place something elsewhere.

Our goal is to respond to submissions within a month.