The Chart

Call for Essays & Writing
Due Aug 11 2019

The Chart is seeking new essays and rigorous, elastic reflections that offer expansive insight on ideas of power, access, decolonization, secrecy and surveillance, work on/from the periphery, capitalist resistance, acts of cultural care, and prefigurative thinking in all realms of the art world (and the world) for consideration for publication in our upcoming print anthology and/or online.


Submissions for consideration for the print anthology is Sunday, August 11, 2019. Submissions for online consideration will also close at this time, to be reopened at a future date.

Submission Details

We are accepting both proposals for new work (to be described in 300 words or less) and original finished pieces that have not been previously published elsewhere. We are currently accepting the following formats:

Essays run 1,000–2,500 words and present well-researched positions on contemporary visual art, artists, and/or ideas. Essays can be traditionally or experimentally formatted, and should ideally express a meaningful sense of urgency and curiosity.

Studio notes and artists reflections illuminate the artistic process, submitted from the artist discussing their current studio thinking, working habits, process, revelations, and beyond. These can be written as lists, prose, or in other forms that suit the work. Ideally, these reflections will include some of the topics listed above.

Reviews are typically 500–1,000 words that offer critical reflection on exhibitions, books, films, performances, events, and other forms work may take. We are primarily interested in reviews of visual work that is typically not covered in Maine/New England arts publications as well as the work of emerging artists who may not have extensive writing about their work. Reviews should address and examine the contemporary relevance and contexts of the work presented. When submitting your pitch, please include the title of the work being reviewed; the artist, author, or creator; and any relevant dates and venues.

The best way to get a sense of what we publish and will likely accept is by reading recent work on our website.


If your work is selected for publication, we will follow up on images, editing, and other details. If your writing is selected for publication, The Chart will provide a cash honorarium upon publication either online or in print. (Honorarium depends on format, but will generally run between $150–$350.) If selected for print publication, you will also receive a complimentary copy of the anthology when available.

Final Details

Please ensure there are no obvious conflicts of interests or biases where possible — that said, we are open to working with and addressing possible conflicts in creative ways, so if there is a conflict or might be, please note it. Submission does not guarantee publication in The Chart. If you have questions, please send them to info [​at​]