Critical Read is a nonprofit publisher. We publish Raft Magazine and Critical Read Artwork Biography e-books. 

Our mission is threefold: to re-imagine critical writing about the arts; to make American art and art history more accessible and discoverable; and to help artists build sustainable careers. 

Before you pitch us, please take the time to read the work on our site.

We read pitches for Artwork Biographies from the beginning of September until the end of the year. Please allow up to six months for response. 

We pay our writers. Rates vary by assignment. We will only consider previously unpublished work. 



Life Raft flash essays are art appreciations in 300 words or fewer. We started this project during the pandemic and under the title, Art Is Essential. 

Please note: We receive numerous essays covering work by Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Walt Whitman. If you submit an essay about one of these artists, it is unlikely that we will be able to use it. We would love to read your appreciations of works made by other artists. 

Are you an artist or performing arts group with a project to fund? Tell us about it. We select projects every month and share them with our readers. 

The Paddle is a place for true stories from working artists. The ups, the downs, and the nonstop hustle that comes with a career in today's creative economy. Submit your first person essay. We look for honest and open essays. Your piece should run no longer than 1200 words. 

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