Thanks for your interest in contributing to ArtNowLA, as we’re always open to pitches from reporters, videographers, artists and thinkers for our magazine. We know it’s angsty to fire off great ideas into the seeming abyss of editors’ in-boxes, so we have a few tips to ease the process at ArtNowLA.

ArtNowLA welcomes submissions of reviews, essays, interviews and news. ArtNowLA requests that contributors comply with the following standards:

We ask that contributors submit their manuscripts through email to, as an attachment, preferably in Microsoft Word format.

ArtNowLA prefers reviews that run between 400-600 words, though interviews and essays may run between 1000-1200 words. Length in excess of these guidelines will weigh significantly against selection.

The Logistics: Please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • The subject line of your email should say, “[Editorial Pitch]: Your Proposed Topic.”
  • Please note in the subject line if your pitch or submission is time-sensitive. If you are sending us a drafted submission, attach it as a Word document as opposed to pasting it into the body of the email. Any photos submitted must be of high resolution photos, images must remain quality when adjusted to size.
  • We please ask that you not embed any links into your draft. Instead, copy and paste URLs and place them in the body of your draft, like this: []
  • Finally, don’t forget to tell us a little about yourself with a two to three-sentence bio.

We discourage sending completed manuscripts, as we always have thoughts on how to shape a story to meet our needs. If we accept your piece for publication, your original headline and deck may be subject to change at the editor’s discretion. Please also note that we rarely use previously published submissions.

For photo essay submissions, we please ask that you provide an introductory note that explains the idea behind your work. Also, please include captions for your images, no more than 150 words for each photograph. For reference, you may find previously published photo essays on show/

Here’s how to get our attention with your email.

Know What We Do: Potential contributors should familiarize themselves with our overall visual and performing arts coverage.

Keep It Timely: We are most interested in coverage of recently opened exhibitions or performances and interviews related to art, as well as pertinent news reporting that advances a discussion leading the headlines in a given week. We welcome ideas on everything from pop culture to the economics of art. Whatever the topic, though, it’s gotta be timely. Note that this also means we often require a fast turnaround on assignments.

Show, Don’t Tell: In all cases, we are far more interested in pitches driven by original reporting and/or story-telling than by commentary.

Sell It: Describe what you’d like to write or produce in a few paragraphs. Sell us on why your idea is unique, how it advances the discussion you’re engaging and how you’ll substantiate the point. Keep in mind that your e-mail is our best indication of the voice and style you would use in the assigned feature. If you have previously published work, please include links to that as well.

Finally, we are unfortunately unable to respond personally to all the pitches we receive. If we’re interested and able to use your idea, an editor will be in touch. If you haven’t heard back within a week, you can assume we’re unable to use it.

Thanks again for your interest in contributing to ArtNowLA, and we eagerly await your great ideas!


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