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The Curator

What we’re looking for: objects + meaning
The Curator explores the meaning and matters of the heart and spirit reflected in cultural objects, experiences, and the arts.

We publish at least one piece of prose (including creative nonfiction essays, reviews and interviews) and one poem each week.

Thematically, we curate writing about art intersecting with humanity. Here’s what interests us:

  • Essays that contemplate the stories behind everyday objects;
  • coverage of artists and their artworks with personal reflection and/or cultural commentary;
  • Photo essays and travelogues;
  • personalized reviews (though because of our schedule, we’re not usually looking for time-sensitive reviews);
  • intimate artist interviews;
  • cultural artworks, relics, artifacts, and personal objects of value;
  • pieces that answer the questions, what objects will outlast us? Which cultural relics will continue to move humans of future generations? What past works of art, objects, and artifacts continue to make us feel something today?
  • or philosophizing on cultural kitsch(we're suckers for well-written, historically based nostalgia pieces).

Aesthetically, we desire to showcase a diverse range of voices, artforms, and styles, but we DO NOT accept academic essays and we DO NOT publish memoir. We publish interviews, reviews, reported stories, and first-person ekphrastic essays that explore a specific artwork, piece of music/artist, or an everyday object. (A good tell if it your essay is too memoiristic for us: you need to be able to name the object or artifact you're exploring in a pitch. A story, on its own, isn't our jam.) We’re open to writing that incorporates spiritual elements. We welcome writers from all backgrounds to share their work with us.

As Marianne Moore put it in her poem “When I Buy Pictures”:

of whatever sort [the picture] is,
it must be “lit with piercing glances into the life of things”;
it must acknowledge the spiritual forces which have made it.

Culture at large--or art, or writing--all are material manifestations of the workings of the inner life and of the spirit of the times (the zeitgeist). A pitch or submission should, on some level, address deeper questions within ourselves and our society.

Nonfiction & Multimedia Free

Open

Call for Submissions
We’re honored you’d send us your work, and we want to respect your time and talents. Sadly, we cannot pay writers at this time.

Here's what we're looking for:

  • completed essays (though occasionally, we'll accept a work based on a pitch. Check out our guide to pitching prose),
  • original works, not reprints,
  • word count between 800 and 2,000 words,
  • writers who are willing to work with us to edit a piece,
  • your submission double-spaced and as close to AP style as you can get.

You’ll hear back from us within three months. If we accept your submission, we’ll:

  • connect you with an editor, who will give you relevant guidance in a google doc. (content and line editing),
  • set a mutually agreeable timeline to publication,
  • ask for a short bio and your social media handles.

Poetry Free

Open

Closes on Saturday, January 1, 2022 11:59 PM UTC (in 65 days)

Poetry
We’re interested in craft and poems that make us want to read them again. We aim to publish a new poem every Thursday morning.

Guidelines:

  • 3 poems maximum
  • All poems should go into one document (acceptable file types: .doc .docx .rtf or .pdf)
  • Email subject line: “Poetry submission”
  • Simultaneous submissions are ok; let us know asap if a poem is accepted elsewhere.
  • We do not accept previously published poems.

Lists of Books We Can't Stop Thinking About

Temp Closed

What We're Looking For

Us writers are big readers. As a way of continuing to expand our personal libraries, we publish occasional collections of 5-7 books grouped by theme. We're interested in featuring general market books--memoir, graphic narrative works, essay collections, short stories, novels, poetry collections... we want to read it all.

Guidelines

Each list begins with a short introduction to get us into the theme (say, "5 Books that Celebrate Black Scientists," "5 Novels of Family Dramas," "Five Cookbooks that Double as Memoirs," or "Five Poetry Collections About Living with Disabilities"), a list of the books with title and author as a headline, and below each selection, 100-200 words to briefly describing each. Make the list catchy, uniquely themed, and make us want to spend our Saturday nights pouring over your picks.