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Variable West publishes fearless, rigorous, and accessible writing about West Coast art. We welcome pitches from writers everywhere. Read more about our formats below. PRO TIP: Check out our Pitch Guidelines before you submit!
Pairings: art that makes us think of food and food that makes us think of art.
We are all consumers. News, clothes, gadgets, art, food, literature—they all fuel our lives and our passions. In this new format, we invite writers to explore how art and food are connected.
Requirements: The artist must be from California, Oregon, or Washington, but the food can be from anywhere. The art doesn’t need to have food it in, we welcome pitches about paintings that remind you of pastries, sound art that reminds you of cocktails, photographs that remind you of pizza, or whatever else wets your whistle.
Length: 400–450 words
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with PAIRING PITCH in the subject line.
The Why: stories about what inspires West Coast creatives
Requirements: West Coast creatives from any medium—graphic design, painting, architecture, tattooing, photography, ceramics, illustration, sculpture, and more—can submit a short story about a significant event that influenced their practice. It can be anything from a visit to a museum or gallery to running errands or a really bad/good day.
Length: 200–300 words
Email us at email@example.com with THE WHY PITCH in the subject line.
Love Letters: micro essays on artists we can’t stop thinking about.
Requirements: The artist must be working (or worked, if the artist is dead) in California, Oregon, or Washington, but doesn’t need to have work up in an exhibition. We encourage submissions from West Coast writers, but are happy to accept pitches from anywhere.
Length: 200–250 words
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with LOVE LETTER PITCH in the subject line.
Reviews & Interviews
Taken from Donna Haraway’s book “Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene,” the phrase encourages us to consider how “[our] task is to make kin in lines of inventive connection as a practice of learning to live and die well with each other in a thick present. Our task is to make trouble, to stir up potent response to devastating events, as well as to settle troubled waters and rebuild quiet places.”
Requirement: the exhibition must take place in California, Oregon, or Washington
Word count: 600–800 words
Requirement: the artist must be working in California, Oregon, or Washington
Word count: 2,000 words
Email us at email@example.com with REVIEW PITCH or INTERVIEW PITCH in the subject line.
Our ultimate goal is to reach a rate of $1/word for writers, which exceeds the $0.25/word rate deemed fair for an organization this size by W.A.G.E (Working Artists and the Greater Economy). As we get established, however, we are fundraising to ensure we can continue paying writers a flat fee of $150 for reviews (500–700 words) and $150 for interviews (2,000 words).
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