Submission Guidelines


We publish themed issues on a quarterly basis. Submissions will only be considered during the open call period for each issue. To learn about the theme, please subscribe to our newsletter (you can find it under the logo on our home page) or look for the announcement on social media (@dilettantearmy on Instagram and Twitter, Dilettante Army on Facebook). There will also be a post announcing the upcoming issue on our Issues page.


We publish pieces that involve visual analysis, critical theory, and close text reading. Our preferred topics center around issues of social justice, politics, and art. While we do publish pieces that are situated in lived experience, we do not publish personal essays. We much prefer pitches to completed pieces, although if you do have a completed piece, please thoroughly summarize it in your email. Dilettante Army also promotes imaginative pieces, poetry, and visual essays. If you have a creative idea, please hit us up!


Editor-in-Chief Sara Clugage:

Please include in your email your name and the title of your piece. If you are pitching any kind of expository writing, please give us a full paragraph explaining your idea and the key points you will use to support it. We look for original, well-considered arguments that are backed up by theory of some kind (i.e. critical, feminist, literary, aesthetic), reliable data, and close observation or reading. We want to see that you’ve got weird, creative ideas, and that you also have a firm grounding in your subject and a reliable research methodology.


In general, DA publishes medium-format written pieces of 3000-4000 words. Visual essays and poetry are considered separately.


We like to switch things up! In general, our guideline is to wait to publish repeat authors until 5 issues have passed since their last publication (or roughly 1 1/2 years). The purpose of this is to provide a wide range of voices through DA and reserve space for emerging writers. 


We strongly believe that creative labor should be paid and authors receive our standard fee of $500. Contributors retain all rights to their work.


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