The Hypocrite Reader publishes reportage, criticism, history, sociology, theory, creative fiction, creative non-fiction, translations, manifestos, analysis, popular science, synthesis, verse, comics, wedding announcements, and Viking-themed erotica. Just because something doesn’t fit into any of those categories doesn’t mean we won’t publish it.
Each issue is built around a theme. Submissions are now open for Horror & Comedy, which comes out October 15th. Here’s the call:
We want writing and comics on, among other topics, Donald Trump, Halloween, memes, Lovecraftian racism, ridiculous bogarts, climate horror, suicidal standups, the yams, affect, the limbic system, Hollywood economics, genre savviness, Dante, body horror, mystery plays, modest proposals, R.L. Stine, Get Out, Adorno on fun, B movies, individual vs. collective horror, catharsis, prison jokes, and how much you hate Everybody Loves Raymond.
We are going to be very careful about taking pieces in which "horror" is interpreted to mean "atrocity," as in "the horror of the camps."
You can submit until September 22nd. Then it’s Credit (November, edited by Erica Eisen), and With/out Child (December).
How to write for us
If interested, please sign up for our low volume contributor’s list:
For nonfiction and comics, we prefer to receive pitches, but we do take pieces on spec. If we don’t know you, we’ll want to see prior work. If you don’t have enough examples of prior writing, that’s not a huge issue; you can either get in touch with us and ask us whether we like your proposed topic, or you can go ahead and send us a draft. Either way, we’ll probably want to read a draft before we commit to publication.
- Poems and standalone images don’t need to be related to the theme.
- Don’t send us more than five poems at a time.
- We’re flexible on format, though we love getting Markdown files.
- Comics need to be readable on desktop when displayed in the Hypocrite’s article area, which is 600 pixels wide.
- We welcome early submissions for upcoming themes.
What we want
In nonfiction and comics, we prefer discussions of history, theory, art, or the outside world to personal narratives, though we get more of the latter than the former; personal narratives should be used to illuminate a broader theme than just the author’s own life, or should “report back” from an unusual or underdiscussed experience. We like pieces that help us identify or analyse a phenomenon we couldn’t previously speak to. We also like humor, genuine weirdness, and descriptions of strange dreams.
In poetry, we tend to like verbal and formal acuity combined with a certain lightheaded bewilderment.
Nonfiction should be accessible by a well-educated general audience; it can(!) insert itself into a specialist debate but only if it makes that debate comprehensible to non-specialists. It should be stylistically engaging and/or experimental.
We don’t reprint, but we do take adaptations of unpublished or narrowly published academic writing and, sometimes, excerpts of upcoming publications. We also don’t publish straight book reviews.
We run an occasional advice column; you can send your problems here. We are particularly interested in translations, comics, poems, and reporting. That said, we don’t have the resources to protect sources, and are not a good outlet for hard investigative journalism.
Illustrations and visual art
We publish images in three ways. Sometimes we commission illustrations and cover images; sometimes we publish independently-submitted artwork alongside other articles; sometimes we publish standalone images.
If you’re interested in illustrating or submitting pictures, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Standalone images don’t need to fit the theme.
We are particularly interested in informal, messy phone photography. We like images that document the invisible, portraits that show the individual in a social context, pictures that are witty, disorienting, brightly colored, and/or emotionally resonant. We are always looking to publish more visual art.
Due to technical constraints, artwork must look good displayed in an area at most 600 pixels wide, except for cover images, which have 800 horizontal pixels to work with. Please do not send us RAW files.
The Hypocrite Reader is currently looking for help in the following areas:
- Visual consultant, resident instagrammer
- Pinch hitter editorial team (not slush)
- Web design
Obviously you need to be damn good at it. We can’t pay (anyone), but we credit prominently and are willing to be creative about compensation.
Thanks for asking! The Hypocrite Reader accepts donations. If you’d like to help support us, you can contribute through our PayPal account, which is linked to the email address email@example.com. We have some big projects in the works and your money will be put to good use. If you would like to contribute through means other than PayPal, get in touch and we’ll be happy to work something out. Note that we are not registered as a nonprofit and donations are, unfortunately, not tax-deductible.
At present we can’t pay contributors (or anyone else).