We receive a large number of submissions. In order to be able to look at everything we get and not keep you hanging for months, our submission policy is (unfortunately) as follows:
1) We will only contact you if we can use your submission.
Sorry not to be able to do otherwise.
2) We will contact you within 6 weeks of submission. If you have not heard from us within 6 weeks, assume that we were not able to use your submission.
We wish we could have a more generous policy that showed our appreciation for your keeping us in mind but we are a tiny non-profit organization run largely on a volunteer basis and we really can't do anything else. Thanks for your understanding.
General Guidelines (see below for additional guidelines for writers and artists)
We only accept electronic submissions sent to the address given at the very end of this page (this pertains to both texts and artist projects). Emails sent to other Cabinet addresses will not be processed. You must include the word "submission" in the subject line of your email so that it does not get eaten up by our spam filters.
The author's name(s), snail-mail and e-mail addresses, phone number, as well as a very short biography must appear on the first page of the text.
We only consider finished texts and do not commission on the basis of proposals. Texts can be up to 3,500 words and should minimize as much as possible the use of jargon. The writing should be accessible to a sophisticated general readership.
Artist projects cannot be designed to take up more than 7 pages of the magazine.
Authors should feel free to include relevant images in TIFF, GIF, JPEG, or PDF format. Please don't send enormous pictures with your submission. Submissions should not exceed 10 MB (if larger, our server will reject it).
Texts should be submitted as an attachment in Microsoft Word or a file format we can open with Word.
We do not publish poetry or fiction. We also do not accept submissions for sound art or for our online art projects.
We do not accept texts previously published (in print or online) in English. We are, however, willing to consider translations of texts that have never been published in English. We do not accept artist projects previously published in another magazine.
We are happy to consider texts and projects that have been submitted to other publications, but if pieces are under consideration elsewhere, please let us know in advance.
Cabinet does pay for accepted submissions. The amount is determined by the length of the proposal. We are a non-profit and our fees reflect our idealistic, noble mission (i.e; they are absurdly low).
Deadlines and Forthcoming Themes
Issue 59 (with a themed section on “The North”): 1 December 2015
Issue 60 (with a themed section on "Containers"): 1 February 2016
Issue 61 (with a themed section on "Calendars"): 1 March 2016
Issue 62 (with a themed section on "Milk"): 1 April 2016
Issue 63 (with a themed section on "The Desert"): 15 May 2016
Issue 64 (with a themed section on "The Nose"): 15 August 2016
Please note that deadlines apply to submissions to the themed
sections; submissions for the unthemed section and columns are welcome at
Additional Guidelines for Artists
Cabinet publishes artist projects that treat the magazine itself as an exhibition venue. Unlike most contemporary art magazines, we would like our reader to actually encounter the artwork rather than simply learn of its existence. Photography, conceptual projects, text-based work, or work that treats the formal issues raised by the print medium (i.e; paper, printing, ink, etc.) are particularly well-suited for publication in Cabinet. We do not publish documentation of sculptural works, performances, or installations. Video stills and architecture proposals are also highly unusual for us to print. While a CV is not needed, a brief statement about the work can be included if you think it useful. Don't forget that artist projects appear in both the unthemed and themed portions of the magazine.
Additional Guidelines for Writers
Cabinet is an art and culture magazine that approaches the world with an expansive definition of both these terms. We are interested in almost any subject matter, as long as your take on it is original and demonstrates how the apparently familiar world around us is in fact artificial, fascinating, and strange. Cabinet appreciates the unorthodox—daring theses, unfashionable stances, minute observations, forgotten cultural practices, and found documents.
We welcome historical material that sheds light on current cultural issues and are also interested in non-artistic practices that carry an aesthetic surplus. We publish a wide range of voices, ranging from the academic to the surreal. Our approach is to juxtapose high seriousness with the playful ("joco-serioso," as it were). We encourage you to see what kind of material we are interested in by looking at our past issues; the vast majority of articles from our sold-out issues are online for free. Click on any issue cover on this page.
Articles about contemporary art should be idea- rather than person-driven. We avoid articles that are about a single artist's work, including interviews; nor do we run reviews or news items about forthcoming art world events. There are excellent venues that do so. (These excellent venues are often glossy and offer enormous writers' fees. Follow this link to visit the best of them).
Each issue of the magazine has four columns, an unthemed section, and a themed section. We do not accept submissions for the "Colors" column. You can submit for all other columns, as well as for the unthemed and themed section. For some unfathomable reason, some potential contributors seem to feel it is more prestigious to publish in the themed section and we have seen perfectly good essays twisted to fit the theme. Do not submit yourself to such unnecessary contortions. Stay true to what interests you.
Congratulations! If you are still here, we look forward to receiving your submission at this e-mail address.