“The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.” – Neil Degrasse Tyson
“For it is only framed in space that beauty blooms.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
All photos by Stephanie Stein Photography
Model: Kaylah Dixon
Happy November, weirdos! It has been awfully quiet around these parts, but I assure you it’s because we’ve got awesome things in the works: 1) We’ll be releasing the prompt for our MARCH PRINT ISSUE soooo soon omg, and 2) we’ve started layout on the “Mood Swings” digital mini issue, so Indiegogo contributors (!!) keep an eye on your inbox over the next few weeks. (In case you missed it, designer Victoria Cullinan shared a sneak peek of the editorial we shot featuring her clothing. Love you!) We’re also going to slowly roll out those changes to the website I’ve been yammering on about for the last few months. We’re still learning this whole business-owner/day-job/life-balance bit, so we’ll do our best to provide our weirdos with updates now and again. Be sure to keep tabs on our Insta stories for day-to-day shenanigans including but not limited to cat photos, BTS pics from shoots, and lots of contagious laughter.
An important point of note going forward is that due to the amount of late submissions we received for the “Haunted” issue, we’ll be posting overflow Haunted content throughout the remainder of November. Content for December’s theme will go live starting December 1. From now on, we’ll be working a month ahead and announcing the new theme on the first of the month (with the exception of this theme, of course) with updated deadlines for online issues to be the last day of every month. For this issue, submissions are due by December 20.
So, to summarize:
- We’re now accepting content for the December online issue
- Submissions for the December issue will close on December 20
- We will be announcing January’s online issue theme on December 1
- Submissions for the January issue will close on December 30
- We will be announcing March’s PRINT ISSUE theme next week
- Deadline for March PRINT ISSUE submissions is January 10
Got it? Okay, good.
Do you ever feel helpless? Almost as if your life is out of your control and is predestined by some cosmic force?
I’ve had an exasperating week in which I had to say a devastating goodbye to one of my cats, which brought to mind this quote by Stephen Crane: “When it occurs to a man that nature does not regard him as important, and that she feels she would not maim the universe by disposing of him, he at first wishes to throw bricks at the temple, and he hates deeply the fact that there are no bricks and no temples.” As I expand on this thought by contemplating the vastness of outer space, I’m left with a feeling of emptiness, of helplessness, almost feeling as though nothing I do ever truly matters due to the absurd nature of human existence in so far as being a blip on the radar of the universe.
On the other hand, space exploration has led to some of modern humanity’s greatest assets, like satellites that give us GPS capabilities and space stations, to rovers that let us see wonders of other planets and the universe’s unique formations. Overall, space allows us to unearth a sense of curiosity that pushes us to learn more about why and how we exist. Although we don’t have all of the answers, the fact that scientists have discovered as much as they have in the past few centuries is pretty astounding. For all we know, there could very well be an omniscient force out there watching our every move, similar to the God entity Bender encounters in Futurama.
Either way you look at it, space is a lot to take in.
As you’ve probably guessed by my ramblings and by, oh say, the title of this post, our theme for December is “Space.” The concept is left fairly open because space can translate to a variety of things for different people. Perhaps you want to interpret the theme fairly literally, by examining physical spaces or shooting a cosmic-themed editorial. On the other hand, maybe you want to approach the subject in a more abstract way, like exploring the figurative space that exists between humans in relationships. We want to see it all.
For this issue, we want you to explore what “Space” means to you, using the medium of your choice. Here are some examples of work we’d be interested to see:
- Themes of isolation, exploration, existentialism, wonder, astronomy, space-travel, futurism, sci-fi, and spirituality
- Advice for getting through an existential crisis
- Interpretations of the cosmos or aliens
- Editorials featuring galaxy-inspired fashion
- Recommendations for sci-fi literature or movies
- Thoughts on space and identity
- Personal experiences of supernatural instances
- Op-eds about how space impacts relationships
- An essay addressing the misconceptions and tropes of astrology
- A love letter to Neil Degrasse Tyson
- Interviews with scientists, astrologers, writers, designers
- Fashion editorial representing the signs of the zodiac
- Addressing exclusion or tokenism of marginalized groups in the sci-fi genre
- Planet-inspired hair & makeup tutorials
- Essays correlating the “Space Race” era of exploration and curiosity with today’s overwhelming obsession with nostalgia
- Reflecting on figurative and maybe even literal “space” in interpersonal relationships, both in a positive and negative sense
- Thoughts and feelings on the proposed NASA budget cuts
- A brief introduction to astrology
- Predictions of space-travel or even human life outside of Earth in decades to come (i.e., Will we really be living on Mars?)
Here are some other topics we’d be interested in featuring that aren’t affiliated with this month’s theme:
- Pre-Fall 2018 coverage
- Cotton candy editorials for “Cotton Candy Day” (December 7)
- Fashion editorials featuring winter color palettes, such as dark blues, golds, greens, and blacks
- Essays on how to cope with friends and family members regarding controversial or troublesome topics around the holidays
- Essays on how to cope with loss during the holiday season
- Other holiday essays that you feel are appropriate during this time
As a reminder, we refuse to publish graphic images or language including but not limited to pornography, promotion of illegal activities, or hate speech as well as any depictions of self-harm or other forms of gratuitous violence. The deadline for all submissions is December 20, and all submissions can be sent to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Full submissions guidelines can be found here.
We look forward to seeing what you come up with.
Oh yeah, P.S. we’re on Patreon now. If you want to become a Patron that would REALLY help us out!