Here are some of the types of work we’re looking for:
Reviews: Did you love (or hate) a recently released piece of media? Want to talk about it? Great! We would love to read your personal take on an album, single, piece of text (novel, poetry collection, comic, etc.), or film/tv show.
Poetry and Fiction: We publish poetry and short stories! We’ve been lucky enough to feature some really great poetry over on Pocket Full Of Poesy, and we’d love to have more! But we are in especially desperate need for fiction so send us your short stories and flash fiction!
Personal essays: The personal essay is a genre near and dear to my heart, and I would love to read yours! Our priority is essays that can be related back to a piece of art or media of some sort – a time in your life when a piece of poetry saved you or the first album you ever made out to, etc etc – and definitely essays written by people of color, members of the LGBT+ community, and people with disabilities.
Wine and Dine: Wine and Dine is a column in which you (you!) write a personal narrative/essay about a piece of art/media that is important to you, and then build a playlist (which I will embed via spotify) that you believe should be “paired” with that media. Like a wine pairing, get it?
If/Then: If/Then is a syllabus you get to build! Take a show or film that was recently released that centers around a topic and then build a “reading list” for it. For example: Mr. Robot with a reading list about hacktivism and government surveillance.
(Re)View: (Re)View is a new column that will feature reviews of films/shows/books/music that were released 5+ years ago. This will involve having watched or listened to it recently and writing about your experience of it now vs. the first time.
The form for pitch submissions is here. When filling out the form, please include links to writing samples, or link them via google docs (make sure the file is set so that I can view it!). These writing samples can be blog posts, published writing of any kind, or academic writing.
Shakespeare and Punk is primarily a blog about art and media and as such we are looking for pitches that relate to that in some way – be it reviews, personal essays, or fiction. This can mean interacting with that media directly (as in, you pick a specific artist or piece of media and talk about it in some way) or writing about art and media in general (as in, talking about media representation, your experience as an artist, etc.)
Our poetry column, Pocket Full Of Poesy, is the exception to this. Any other pitches unrelated to art or media in some form are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Essays and reviews are typically between 1000 and 1500 words.
Shakespeare and Punk cannot pay contributors at the moment. I hope this will change soon!