Creative submissions for the UGLY issue

Millennials, listen up: our lovely liberal generation, is also unfocused and vague. We think we know everything, which we kind of do, but mostly we don’t. This magazine hopes to present the opportunity for readers and writers to interrogate their own ideas about the world we’ve fallen into. Each issue will interrogate one important contemporary notion as a theme running through our regular features, opinion pieces, spotlights, interviews, previews, art, poetry, flash fiction, photography and music.

Perhaps everyone’s ugly in their own special way, like a kind of inverse talent. Perhaps everyone has their own unique slant on the theme. Perhaps everyone knows it. Some trying very hard to get around it, to hide it, chop it off or drown it in apology. Some trying to transform it, justify it by cultivating it in others. Some bathing in it open mouthed, then gulping it down. Some ugliness becomes intolerant toward other uglinesses. Some ugliness is beautiful. Some of it floats in a vortex in the middle of the pacific like an island. Some doesn’t. We make some of it and are some of it and also aren’t – so what the hell is it?

We are taking submissions for:

Cover-Art Competition – Submit high a resolution image of your work responding to the theme. Everything welcome – illustration, photography, graphic design, fine-art etc. The ugliest will win!

Flash fiction/Poetry – responding to the theme ugly. We encourage tenuous links! Surprise us. 350 words/40 lines.

Featured Artists – a spotlight on a visual artist – submit up to ten images and we will pick our favorites to be featured throughout the magazine. Fine artists of all practices welcome, illustrators, photographers and graphic designers. Send us a brief bio and explanation of how your work relates to the theme ugly.

Self Portrait – take this however you like. It could be a literal portrait, a painting, a sculpture, a found object – anything that captures your inner ugliness.


Submit all categories to today. Please make sure to include your name and category of submission in the body of your email.