Call For Submissions

This call for submissions is open to all. 

Full Bleed, an annual print journal of art and design, seeks submissions for its third issue, forthcoming in Spring 2019. We publish criticism, belle lettres, artwork, design, illustration, fiction, poetry, and graphic essays. All contributors will receive a modest honorarium for their work.

For Issue Three, we are especially, but not exclusively, interested in submissions that concern machines. We seek new writing about or related to artificial intelligence, robotics, the machination of labor, political machines, Rube Goldberg-type contraptions and related absurdities, virtual reality, and games. In honor of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, we’d welcome submissions that dwell on various man-made monsters of the past, present, and future, and the relationship between machines and natural forms and processes. Send us writing and artwork, too, about broken, manipulative, and harmful machines and strategies for resisting their operations. We seek essays that critique art and design involving machines and automation as a subject of inquiry, and portfolios of thematically relevant art and design.

In addition to feature-length essays of up to 7500 words, Full Bleed publishes shorter, recurring columns of approximately 1000 to 2000 words. These include "Close Looks", in which writers offer in-depth critiques of individual artworks; "Design Futures", in which designers propose new ideas relevant to contemporary challenges facing their discipline; "Cities", which examines urban conditions, innovations, and tendencies; and “Studio Visit”, in which the writer visits with and interviews a contemporary artist or designer. 

Please send previously unpublished work along with a brief biography to fullbleedjournal@gmail.com by January 1.  

Published annually by the Maryland Institute College of Art, Full Bleed is committed to cultivating aesthetic experience and progressive design while furthering understanding of contemporary conditions. We favor criticism that emanates personality and experiments with form. We encourage contrarian argument and ambitious critical essays on cultural phenomena that are of active concern to living artists and designers. Issues One (Migration) and Two (Crisis) are available at www.full-bleed.org.