Call for Pitches

Check out our Pitch Guidelines before you submit!

Love Letters

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
Compensation: $50

Email us at hello@variablewest.com with the word PITCH in the subject line.

Reviews & Interviews

We’re accepting pitches for exhibition reviews and interviews on the theme of Staying With the Trouble.

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.”

Exhibition Reviews
Requirement: the exhibition must take place in California, Oregon, or Washington
Word count: 600–800 words
Compensation: $150

Artist Interviews
Requirement: the artist must be working in California, Oregon, or Washington
Word count: 2,000 words
Compensation: $150

Email us at hello@variablewest.com with the word REVIEW PITCH or INTERVIEW PITCH in the subject line.

Budget

We’re currently fundraising the money needed to regularly publish reviews, essays, and interviews while ensuring we can pay writers fair rates. Read our budget goal below.

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Budget & Rates

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), $150 for interviews (2,000 words), and $250 for essays (1,000–2,000 words).