We’re always looking for relevant and timely pieces. Send pitches and submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with the submission in the subject line, along with a proposed title. Please refer to this guide before submitting your work.
Mask Magazine is an experimental publication in the age of late capitalist world-weariness and discontent. We’re a subscriber-supported, ad-free, online publication and podcast network based in Brooklyn, NY. We launched on February 1, 2014. You can support us by subscribing. Subscriptions start at $3 per month.
Our goal is to empower each other to engage with this world in a transformative way, and to rewrite the narratives of what we’re capable of doing together. We believe cooperation, understanding, curiosity, and respect across difference is necessary to reach that goal.
We strive to be a platform for empowering struggle and solidarity across places, scenes, and sentiments. We do so by broadcasting the thoughts of fellow antagonists and our experiences of everyday life and struggle; publishing features that contextualize what’s going on in different industries, scientific fields, and other power nodes; documenting new ideas for and examples of how to live differently together.
Our areas of interest can be divided in to seven areas:
While we're willing to experiment with article formats (with exceptions documented in the DOs and DON'Ts beneath the sections below), there are certain approaches we would especially like:
If you wish to write a personal essay for us, please note that we are only able to accept full submissions. Feel free to send us a pitch and we’ll let you know if we are interested in the idea, but we will not be able to make a final commitment to publish it until we see an early or complete first draft.
To pitch Mask Magazine, please send us an email (address found at the end of this document) according to the following specifications:
[pitch] :your proposed title:
A few DOs and DON'Ts about pitches:
We also accept the submission of works that have already been drafted. To submit an unpublished work to Mask Magazine, please send us an email according to the following specifications:
[submission] :your proposed title:
Some DOs and DON'Ts about submissions:
Your submission will be moved to a Google Doc which we will share with you. All subsequent edits and notes should be made to that document. If you do not have a Google account, and are not interested in having one, you will need to create a throwaway account specifically for your work for us.
We will also need a short bio from you, including:
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We don’t plan on ever supporting our project with advertising revenue. We charge a sliding-scale subscription. Whether your article is featured as free content or behind the paywall is an editorial decision that will be made (for unrelated reasons) after you submit your final draft to us. All articles are available for free for a few days.
Paying contributors is an important element to our plan. As such, provided we approve your submission and you make necessary edits with our editors, you can expect some dough. We pay between $50 and $200 for written features.
Please keep in mind that we pay contributors 30 business days after the article is published.
Articles we publish will be credited with your full public name, a brief biographical paragraph including a link to your Twitter account (if you have one), and any links to your personal portfolio or other websites. We also will need a square headshot selfie.
If the attribution of a piece might cause you undue personal or professional stress, we may suggest that the work be published without your name or any other personal attribution. To maintain the space for those who need it, not all requests for anonymity can be granted. Please do not submit any work to us that implicates anyone with risk whom you have not personally contacted for permission beforehand. We are neither a gossip nor a breaking news publication. Additionally, please do not submit any work intended to be published pseudonymously, i.e. with attribution to a social media handle or organization.
We do not publish critical breaking news, or other works of hard journalism. As such, for the time being we do not maintain an open channel for encrypted email technology like PGP or GPG. If you send us an encrypted email, we will probably delete it without response. Please do not initiate a conversation with us that you would not be comfortable with any volunteer participating in. To increase the anonymity of an email, try using a service like riseup.net from a public computer.
Unfortunately, because we are such a small team, we can only respond to accepted pitches and submissions. While it is always our objective to respond to emails, if you do not hear from us, we hope you decide to send your pitch or submission to other publications.
We thank all prospective contributors for understanding our process.
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