Life in the Fast Lane
Are you dynamic or ahead of the curve? Dynamic people are always changing with the times, while people who are ahead of the curve are always driving those times forward. Dynamic people don’t just lunch – they power-lunch, power-shower, and generally just power around. People who are ahead of the curve are always like “what is lunching?”, because they’re so far ahead of what is going on with daily life that there is no such thing as mealtimes anymore. The good news is that this ridiculous paragraph doesn’t even matter, because there are more ways than ever before for any kind of person to contribute to The Lifted Brow.
General Tips for Everybody
Send your work to the correct email address, and in a logical format that we can probably open. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate your common sense, which helps convince us that we’ll have a great time working together.
We often take a while to get back to people, but we are usually doing our best.
We also think the best submission guidelines for The Lifted Brow can be absorbed, in a vague way, through reading previous issues. You can pick up back issues very cheaply, singly or in bundles, or subscribe to the Brow at our store.
Anyone who submits work to the Brow is added to our mailing list, because we assume you are probably interested in the magazine. We write letters to this mailing list once every two months, and it’s easy and nonembarrassing to unsubscribe.
Nothing can have been previously published.
It’s often hard to figure out exactly when we’ll pay you. Let us surprise you! Your attitude will need to be “whatever happens happens, man.” It does always happen, and sometimes we’re fascinatingly on-time, but we’re not a magazine you should rely on for food money.
Art and Comics
Please send comics to firstname.lastname@example.org
. We print at tabloid size (a little bigger than A3), and mostly publish comics that occupy one full, single page. Although: if you’re a strip-type artist, rather than a page-oriented person, don’t hesitate to send us a few sample strips (as always, unpublished).
If you’re interested in being commissioned for editorial work, please send about five lo-res graphics to email@example.com. It’s much harder for us to keep you on file if you send us a link to your website.
We check our art inbox only periodically, when planning for future issues, so if you don’t hear back from us, DO NOT FRET.
We have never done these before. Now is the time. Most of the books we look at are Australian, aren’t covered by other magazines (think nichey titles or independent presses), and have been published during the previous year.
We want writers to put their hands up for books that enthrall them personally, and more importantly books about which they have something to say. There has to be an angle beyond “I liked this book, but the last one was better.” You should have an unexpected argument, an unexpected point of view. Find books that speak to your areas of interest and expertise.
Send us a thumbnail of about 300 words indicating why a book interests you, as well as clippings and a bio, and if the pitch works we’ll go from there. Examining recent titles by the SPUNC list of publishers is a good jumping off point. Pitches go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publishers can send materials for review to -
The Lifted Brow
11 White Street, FItzroy North, VIC 3068, Australia
- keeping in mind that there’s no guarantee we can cover you (though we’ll definitely try). People should never, ever send submissions of writing or art to our postal address, because we will definitely lose them.
Our current roster of columnists writes on Celebrity, Human Bonds, Human Design, Film, Sound, Books, Psychology, Nature (Biology), TV, Art, Culture, Drinking, Cooking, Maths, and Work. We’re seeking columnists to cover Fashion, Architecture, Video Games, Comics, the Internet, Clubbing, Sports, and whatever else you can throw at us. Imagine your ideal Sunday arts and lifestyle supplement and figure out the thing you’d write for that. We particularly like to engage experts in their field who can communicate well to a general audience.
Send us a cover letter detailing your topic, a sample column of up to 2,000 words, short outlines of three further columns, and a biographical note. You’ll need to be able to file a column once every two months. Pitches go to email@example.com.
Recent essays have covered the history of envy, the future of supermarkets, and how cocaine gets to Australia. We generally like to focus outside of the arts, but there’s plenty of exceptions – the main thing is, be shapely, show us your smarts, and above all entertain us. Essays for the Brow are over 5,000 words.
You could send us a complete essay, or a pitch, but your pitch would need to be detailed – between 500 — 1,000 words is great. A pitch is your chance to show us you’ve thought about the essay, researched it well, and that you can write like an angel. It’s firstname.lastname@example.org for these.
Address fiction to Johannes Jakob at email@example.com
. If you’re writing short short stories – stories under 100 words – please send fifteen to twenty at once. We also love love love long fiction – 5000 words and above. Even 10,000. 15,000!
We’re always on the hunt for new interns. Go here to find out more.
Letters to the Editor
Address letters of suggestion, discussion, or complaint to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Our letters page is also where we publish shorter, less formal nonfiction – send these pieces to the same address, and start them with “Dear editor” or “Dear Brow” or something. Most letters are edited for clarity and space, and if we print them you’ll receive a copy of the magazine.
We are not currently accepting unsolicited submissions for poetry. But we will be publishing lots of it! Mostly through targeted commissions. Okay.
Sex and Relationships Advice
Address questions about sex and relationships meant for Benjamin Law and his mother, Jenny, to email@example.com
. If they’re able to answer them in their advice column, Law School, you’ll receive a copy of the magazine. Questions may be edited to simplify them for Ben, who was recently called “a gay with comprehension issues” by Australia’s most-read newspaper columnist.
Thanks very much for thinking of us.
Most of the artwork on this page was produced for our 2010 Atlas issue, but we weren’t able to fit it in the printed magazine. In order: Robert Samuel Hanson, James Mcculloch, S Britt, NewVillager, Gregory Euclide, Ronnie Scott, Kit Malo, Ronnie Scott, Andrew Holder, Kit Malo, Rawaan Alkhatib, David Horvitz.