The Hypocrite Reader is a biannual magazine of 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.

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How to write for us

We are currently closed for submissions.

Check back soon for the announcement of our winter theme, or sign up for our low-volume writers' mailing list to be the first to know when we're open for submissions again.


During an open submission period: send pitches in the body of an email (i.e., not as an attachment) to Pitches must be relevant to the theme of the upcoming issue. We like working with writers on their piece from start to finish, so our preferred submission for nonfiction is a pitch explaining what your article will be about, but we do take pieces on spec. If we don’t know you, it can help to include examples of prior work. Writers without prior work are also welcome (and encouraged!) to submit.

We do not take poetry from pitches; we would need to see a draft. We do not normally publish fiction, but we do publish cross-genre experimentation that may be fiction-adjacent. If your hybrid form approaches fiction or poetry, you should submit a draft or an extended excerpt rather than just a pitch.

What we want

We are a leftist magazine of useful, unexpected writing. Such writing is rare and valuable. It often requires research and always demands careful thought.

We prefer discussions of history, theory, art, or the outside world to personal narratives, though we get more of the latter than the former; accepted personal narratives will illuminate a broader theme than just the author’s own life, or “report back” from an unusual or underdiscussed experience. We like pieces that help us identify or analyze a phenomenon we couldn’t previously speak to. We also like humor, unassimilated weirdness, translations, and transcriptions of dreams.

We occasionally do take graphic memoir, comics, or other works that are not simply traditionally-formatted text. Here is an example.

Nonfiction should be accessible and engaging for a well-educated general audience; it can(!) insert itself into a specialist debate but only if it makes that debate engaging for non-specialists.

We don’t reprint, but we do take adaptations of unpublished or narrowly published academic writing and, sometimes, excerpts of upcoming publications.

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. We are always looking to publish more visual art.

If you’re interested in illustrating or submitting pictures, write to 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 is a paying publication! The amount we can pay our writers and artists depends on the donations we receive.

There are three main ways you can help the magazine financially:

  • Become a recurring supporter on our Patreon. Patreon subscribers get our delightful monthly newsletter, and higher-tier supporters also receive a discount in our store (coming soon!) and a number of other perks. You'll also be underwriting the long-term financial sustainability of the magazine. If you can only contribute one way, make it this one!
  • Buy a perk through our Indiegogo fundraiser. We're selling beautiful t-shirts, bro-tanks, and anthologies as well as intangibles like manuscript critiques, haiku of gratitude, and editorial services. This fundraiser will go towards compensating writers in our summer 2021 issue TEETH, and hiring a web designer to refresh our site.
  • Give a one-time donation on our Ko-fi. One-time donations help us pay our writers. They always cheer us up and we are very grateful to receive them! You will not need a Ko-fi account to contribute, and payments will be processed through Paypal. Even just a few dollars will go to good use.

You can also donate through Venmo, check, or otherwise (just ask). Note that we are not registered as a nonprofit and donations are, unfortunately, not tax-deductible.


It seems every small leftist group is stymied by the lack of graphic designers. While this has not been true for Hypocrite in the past, it certainly is now.

We will need better graphics if we are to move forward after this first year and become a sustainably-funded paid publication. If you can contribute designs for merchandise or promotion images, or if you are a web designer, we’d love to be in touch.