Submission Guidelines

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UPDATE September 12, 2021: Please note that we’re currently looking at pieces for Spring 2022.

Dismantle welcomes your pitches! See our guidelines below. To learn more about who writes for us, click here.

Please read carefully. These guidelines are new!

It’s hard to believe, but Dismantle Magazine is almost 4 years old! During our first years we experimented with many different writing styles and approaches (some experiments were more successful than others, but that’s how we learn). In this time we’ve developed a stronger sense of what we love, what our readers love (it’s usually the same thing), and what makes Dismantle a unique resource for thinking critically about fashion, pop culture and social change. With that in mind, this is what we’re looking for in 2021/2022:

What We Really Really Want

We’re still primarily looking for original essays that turn a critical eye to fashion, pop culture and social change. However, rather than straightforward cultural analysis (i.e. “in this essay I will…”), we’re currently seeking work that puts narrative first, but still makes us think about fashion, culture, and power in a new way. We want words that make us think and feel. Give us your personal essays that connect your experience with fashion to a larger cultural or political issue. Send us your reflections on a pop culture obsession that ties current trends to a longer history. Or, share an experiment that blends illustration and reflective text. We’re open to creative, innovative approaches, so don’t be afraid to pitch us something we haven’t thought of yet!

Whatever it is, it should tell a story that matters right now and have clear, compelling stakes. It should speak to our mission of dismantling oppression, cultivating community, and reflecting on the ways fashion and pop culture connect us to larger communities and power structures

Note, we’re generally most interested in submissions related to fashion (in the broadest sense, including adornment, textiles, the body, etc.).

In addition to the above: We always want fun explainers of trends and forgotten bits of fashion history, as well as pieces that think about fashion and pop culture together. 

Articles should be under 3000 words. Under 2000 is preferred. 

Here are some examples of the kind of thing we love:

The Complicated of Fun of Being Into Historical Costume and Not White by Catherine Fung

Poly Wanna What? A Black Man’s Journey in Love, Polyamory and Kink by Ricardo Coleman

Going as a Girl Scout: When Your Halloween Costume is Your Past Self by Sue Brower         

The Power of Cacao: The Latest Trend in New-Age Consumer Spirituality by Aisling Walsh

HBO’s Insecure and Navigating Invisible Blackness in the Non-profit World by Africa Jackson

Why Witches Wear Peter Pan Collars by Casci Ritchie

Why the Dirndl is So Much More Than a Dress for Oktoberfest by Verena Hutter

What is NOT the right fit for us 

Fiction, Poetry, Book/Movie/TV/etc. Reviews, Op-eds, Hot takes, Anything overly academic or jargon-filled, research that’s maybe super interesting but doesn’t show us clear stakes or tell a story.

What you get:

Yes, we pay! We’re starting with a small amount: $75.00 per article over ~1000 words. We’re able to do this entirely because of our Patreon supporters. More support on Patreon means more money for writers!

And of course, our experienced editors will help develop your analysis and make your work the best it can be.

Submission Guidelines:

Send your pitch to Dismantle.Pitches AT gmail DOT com.

Use the subject header “Pitch:” or “Submission:” followed by the topic or title of the piece (i.e. Pitch: The rise and fall of knee socks). Pitches with headers like “Dismantle Pitch” or “Fashion Submission for Dismantle” will get lost in our inbox.

In your pitch, be sure to tell us why it would be interesting to our audience. Why should we care about it right now? How does it relate to our mission? Why are YOU the best person to write this story? Try to give us a sense of the story you want to tell and the style you’ll tell it in.

For Completed Drafts: We love completed drafts! However, since we don’t currently use a submission manager, we will not open unsolicited attachments. Please follow the steps above and indicate that you have a completed draft. If it seems like a potential fit, we’ll request to review your draft.

Response Times:

We’re a small team with limited resources. We meet once a month to review pitches, so it might take a couple of weeks for us to make a decision. Because of this, we’re fine with simultaneous pitches. Just please let us know immediately if you place something elsewhere.

We look forward to hearing from you!