Art Practical is no longer accepting submissions for 2018. Please check back again in January 2019. 

Art Practical encourages contributors who are at all stages of their career to submit their ideas. We accept submissions on a rolling basis, and are looking for features, columns, and reviews spanning the West Coast. We offer competitive stipends to writers.

  • Features (~1000 words) include, but are not limited to, critical writings that take on a strong position (theoretical, formal, or political) that is clearly articulated in the close reading of an artist’s work or exhibition in or relevant to the West Coast (Washington, Oregon, California, as well as Baja California, Alaska, and Hawaii). Features can connect multiple artists, exhibitions, or regions based on a topic, theme, or position.
  • Columns (~1000 words) include Interviews or Studio Session pieces based on long-form conversations and in-person studio visits with an artist or arts organization on the West Coast. This can include an artist’s archive, estate, or artist-run space.

Please email pitches to with subject line “PITCH” and the following guidelines:

  • Include your full name and email address.
  • Paste a brief (max. 100 words) and clear pitch or abstract directly into the body of the email.
  • Include all relevant information: dates, titles, names, and links for exhibitions, screenings, performances, etc.
  • If you have never written for us, please include a short bio, along with two writing samples (links or attached PDFs only).
  • In general, we do not accept previously published works and prefer pitches over completed texts. There are exceptions to this, but we prefer collaborating with you to create new work.
  • Please be transparent if you are pitching to other publications.
  • Please review our conflict of interest policy, and inform us of any potential conflicts.
  • We read every pitch and value your interest in contributing to Art Practical. Due to high volume it can take us 2-3 weeks to get back to you. We appreciate your patience.

Our Conflict of Interest Policy:
We cannot consider contributions regarding: the artwork of someone with whom the writer has a personal relationship; the work of an artist, gallery, or institution with whom the writer has a current or previous financial relationship or internship; any gallery that represents his/her work; any gallery institutionally related to the organization employing the writer; a colleague in the institution employing the writer. We also will not consider submissions by a writer whom the gallery or artist has paid or commissioned to write the article in question, or a submission by a writer who collects the work of the artist in question. We will not consider submissions that have been previously published in any form, including on personal blogs. We do not run reviews of MFA shows. Please note that our relationship with the California College of the Arts (CCA) prevents us from publishing reviews of exhibitions at the Wattis Institute of Contemporary Arts.

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Shotgun Reviews

Shotgun Reviews are an open forum on Art Practical where the broader community is invited to contribute reviews and commentary. They are short format pieces (maximum 350 words) that, as the name implies, offer quick and timely responses to an exhibition, performance, or event on the West Coast. If you are interested in submitting a Shotgun Review, please follow this link for more information. Shotgun Reviews are paid and are great opportunities for new arts writers to learn the processes of working with an editor.

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New Takes

New Takes (formerly Fan Mail on Daily Serving) is a column written by emerging writers on emerging artists, as part of the current Art Practical Residency in partnership with c3: initiative, a platform for critical inquiriy based in Portland, OR. One resident is nominated from a pool of recent graduates from California College of the Arts, who holds the position for one year. Our 2018-19 New Takes contributors and Art Practical residents are Tamara Suarez Porras and Kelly Kirkland. Past Art Practical Residents include: Sarah Hwang (2016-17) and Audrey Molloy (2016-17). Past contributors include: Jamee Crusan (2017-18), Mailee Hung (2016-17), Alia Al-Sabi (2015-16), A. Will Brown (2014-2015). If you are a CCA student and would like to inquire about how to become a New Takes columnist, please contact us at with the subject line: NEW TAKES. 

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