Call for Pitches

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!

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
Compensation: $50
Email us at with the word PITCH in the subject line.

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 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 with the word 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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