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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.

Jump: Write for us | What we want | Images | Money | Positions

How to write for us

We are currently open for submissions to our Summer 2021 issue, the theme of which is TEETH.

Think grins, grills, dental consonants, White Teeth, man eaters, rabies, canines, backbiting, dental school, water fluoridation conspiracy theories, chupacabras, fossils, relics, identifying bodies, quijadas, snakebites, the jaws of life, dinosaurs, Man Bites Dog, force feeding, dental tourism, dental dams, love bites, gold teeth, tusks, incels’ obsession with tongue posture, The Skin of Our Teeth, Samson slaying the Philistines, gnashing of teeth, crocodiles, parasites, shark attacks, vagina dentata, baleen, dental insurance, toothless policies, vampires, White Fang, the sugar trade & imperialism, bite mark analysis & BS in forensic science, “good teeth,” tooth whitening, tooth blackening, tooth sharpening, “a tooth for a tooth,” ivory, & more!

Send nonfiction pitches and drafts of fiction or poetry to hypocriterdr@gmail.com by May 15th. To keep up with future theme announcements and calls for submissions, please sign up for our low-volume mailing list:

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Send pitches in the body of an email (i.e., not as an attachment) to hypocriterdr@gmail.com. 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.

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 hypocriterdr@gmail.com. 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.

Money

Right now, you can help the magazine by donating to our Ko-fi. Donations received before February 1 will go directly to the writers of our current issue, PROPHECIES; after that date, they will go towards the next issue. You will not need a Ko-fi account to contribute. 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.

The Hypocrite is a paying publication! The amount we can pay our writers and artists depends on the donations we receive.

Positions

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.