Root Quarterly Call for Submissions

Root Quarterly Call for Submissions

This Deadline Expired: Friday, September 11, 2020

The WINTER issue theme is “Apocalypse.” We equate “apocalypse” with disaster, but it’s also a means of uncovering, of revelation, of great visions, of a turning point. Pitches and submissions are due SEPTEMBER 11.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

TONE & STYLE

It’s okay to have a distinctive voice! But we’re also looking for writers who will largely forgo snark, condescension, bullying, point-scoring, self-serving virtue signaling, etc., and will instead try on for size some finesse, awe, grace, wit, and humility. It’s okay to have questions and not answers. Ideas and issues are complicated, and they take time to unwind.

We’re also looking for people who aren’t afraid to write a piece even if people within their bubble might disagree with it. Two great examples are here in The Atlantic and here in Seattle’s Weekly, The Stranger. Both are written by hardcore liberals who are willing to call on other liberals to be more rigorous with their arguments.

Be wild, be funny, be weird, be contrarian. The worst we can say is ‘no.’

COMPENSATION

This is a volunteer-run project, and it’s a barn-raising in every way. Printing bills are expensive. But we know your time is valuable and that art isn’t free. That’s why we’ve got a subscription-based model and we don’t give our content away online.

We typically give honorariums of $25 to $100 depending on the piece and its length, as well as for artwork contributions that illustrate articles. Longer, assigned profiles or articles will be compensated at 10 cents to 20 cents per word, to be determined at the time we accept a proposal and our current funds. If there’s a piece that absolutely needs to be written but would require more time and research, we’re willing to look into grants that may fund the work; we are a fiscally-sponsored project of Cultureworks in Philadelphia, and can accept tax-deductible contributions.

*If you are suffering from financial hardship and can’t afford a single issue at $12, you may send an email to editor@rootquarterly.com and we’ll work something out.

HOW TO SUBMIT Take in all of the above, do a little reading, cuddle up with an issue, and then send an email keeping all those guidelines and principles in mind. Thank you in advance for considering joining the community.

Learn more here.

Danny Simmons
Danny Simmons
Deborah Moss Marris
Deborah Moss Marris
Laurie Berenhaus
Laurie Berenhaus
I am an abstract artist represented by BeatyAmerican in Olde Kensington, Philadelphia.  My paintings include a series of Arctic landscapes which are based on images of arctic glaciers, tundra, and sea ice mainly in Greenland and Iceland.  I have been selected as the featured artist for the BeatyAmerican new space with NEXTFAB at 1800 American Street, Philadelphia.  I am drawn to the elements of the Arctic sea, land, and sky and the interface among these bodies.  Decisions are made what features and elements will remain and what will be discarded, reflecting a rapidly changing landscape yet still beautiful.
I work with oil paint, wet on dry, on wood panels with cradled frames establishing texture and depth using brushes, palette knives, oil sticks, and oil pens.  Completed paintings are professionally framed and ready to hang.
Earlier work focused on urban landscapes, refineries, bridges, buildings, other structures, and geometric patterns of developed lands and built environments.
Karen Stabenow
Karen Stabenow

I am an abstract artist represented by BeatyAmerican in Olde Kensington, Philadelphia. My paintings include a series of…

I am an abstract artist represented by BeatyAmerican in Olde Kensington, Philadelphia. My paintings include a series of Arctic landscapes which are based on images of arctic glaciers, tundra, and sea…

I am an abstract artist represented by BeatyAmerican in Olde Kensington, Philadelphia. My paintings include a series of Arctic landscapes which are based on images of arctic glaciers, tundra, and sea ice mainly in Greenland…

Melanie Serkes is a multidisciplinary sculptor. Inspired by the human form her rhythmic geometric creations abstract the precarious moments that occur between fragility and stability.
Melanie Serkes
Melanie Serkes

Melanie Serkes is a multidisciplinary sculptor. Inspired by the human form her rhythmic geometric creations abstract the…

Melanie Serkes is a multidisciplinary sculptor. Inspired by the human form her rhythmic geometric creations abstract the precarious moments that occur between fragility and stability.…

Melanie Serkes is a multidisciplinary sculptor. Inspired by the human form her rhythmic geometric creations abstract the precarious moments that occur between fragility and stability.…

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