We accept both submissions and pitches for reported stories, scenes, interviews, and cultural history essays. These stories should be grounded in fact, not opinion, with an emphasis on the people, places and things that make the arts what they are.

In order to be a good fit for Critical Read the story should exhibit the following:

  • The subject pertains to American art and art history. 
  • It's an original story that has not been covered in another publication. 
  • It is not tied to the publicity cycle.  

The stories should fit into one of these verticals: 

Craft -- Explanatory stories about the craft behind the arts. Ex.: How To Tell a Dance on Film, a look at the practice of recording dance on film. 

Origin -- Researched and reported pieces about the unknown and/or hidden history behind the arts. These stories should explain the unusual beginnings and/or forgotten histories of an artwork or art discipline we all think we know.  Ex.: Fuller Credit, a look at Loie Fuller's little-acknowledged contributions to cinema. 

Commentary -- Voice-driven and opinionated essays on an issue in contemporary art. This is the place for criticism and writing that takes a stand on a matter of particular interest to the writer. Ex.: Stuffed, an examination of the politics of taxidermy-as-art. 

Revisionary -- Profiles of people seeing the arts in a new way. Ex.: Begin at the End, a profile of musician Ken Thomson. 

Hidden Highbrow -- Tell us about the literary, artistic, and other highbrow cultural references lurking in works of pop culture. 

The Great -- Stories at the intersection of the arts and the outdoors

Immersion -- On the scene reports of the work artists and arts groups are doing to compete in the attention economy. What technical innovations are artists or arts groups making to rethink their discipline and their impact?

Far Out -- Interviews with artists and arts professionals who consider themselves outsiders. We want to know how these mavericks got where they are, specifically what work of art or artist inspires them the most and how they describe their artistic processes. Ex.: Drop Out. Tune In. Start a Revolution

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