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Dismantle Magazine

Dismantle is a magazine, an education site, and a community for understanding fashion, pop culture and social change.

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.

Our articles, series, and educational materials are all about how understanding fashion, pop culture and social issues can help us dismantle systems of oppression. We feature the work of professional writers, scholars, activists, and artists alongside emerging voices, in a supportive, collaborative environment.

In other words, Dismantle is a framework for doing rather than a site for telling.

Fall Issue

Temp Closed

Submissions are open for our Fall Issue!

What We Really Really Want

We’re especially interested in personal essays that explore larger cultural issues related to fashion, pop culture and social change. Rather than straight cultural analysis (i.e. “in this essay I will…”), 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 issue. 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 2000 words or less.

Some examples we love:

The Complicated of Fun of Being Into Historical Costume and Not White by Catherine Fung

Poly Wanna What? A Black Man’s Journey in Love, Polyamory and Kink by Ricardo Coleman

Going as a Girl Scout: When Your Halloween Costume is Your Past Self by Sue Brower

The Power of Cacao: The Latest Trend in New-Age Consumer Spirituality by Aisling Walsh

HBO’s Insecure and Navigating Invisible Blackness in the Non-profit World by Africa Jackson

Why Witches Wear Peter Pan Collars by Casci Ritchie

Why the Dirndl is So Much More Than a Dress for Oktoberfest by Verena Hutter

What is NOT the right fit for us
  • Close-readings of a single movie/TV show etc. (Yes, we’ve published many of these in the past. It’s just not what we’re doing right now)
  • 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
What you get:

Yes, we pay! We’re starting with a small amount: $75.00 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!

And of course, our experienced editors will help you make your work the best it can be.

Submission Guidelines:

We are currently accepting submissions through Duosuma. Please submit your completed draft before July 20, 2022.

Response Times:

Our goal is to respond to everyone by September 1, 2022.