Variant welcomes contributions in the form of news, previews, articles,
interviews, polemical pieces and artists pages. If you would like to contribute
to Variant we advise you to contact the editors with a brief synopsis
of your proposal. What follows are the writers' guidelines for contributions
Variant is a magazine of cross-currents in culture; this includes
subjects as diverse as video, television & film, avant-garde music,
new art initiatives, performance, cultural & media studies, philosophy,
critical thinking, popular culture and social movements. In
its broadest sense, Variant aims to look at the function of
art and ideas in contemporary society. Variant attempts to
make lateral links across media in both a local and international
context and examines how this manifests itself in visual,
intellectual and social cultures. It is our understanding
that the arts do not exist in a vacuum. As such, we attempt
to investigate areas of cultural production and ask political
and social questions. We aim to include writing which is constructive
and thought provoking.
Also see the editorial
of Variant issue 21: http://www.variant.org.uk/21texts/editorial.html#L1
co-editors are Daniel Jewesbury and Leigh French. The
co-editors draw on a number of sources in soliciting articles
and developing content for the magazine. This does not constitute
a fixed group of people, it is something more dynamic that allows
for advice and input from a shifting range of individuals who
embody any number of areas of concern.
The editors reserve the right to edit all items. Please state if this is
not appropriate to your submission. The editors reserve the right to withdraw
any item that is deemed unsuitable even if this item has been commissioned.
Variant is currently a 36 page, black & white, tabloid format
magazine with no cover-price. We see each successive issue of Variant
as providing an opportunity for development. Variant may contain
feature articles/ reviews, reports, insights, interviews,
letters/ comments and artist's
pages - though the magazine might not be rigidly or visibly
divided into such categories. Variant is professionally designed
and contains visual reproductions.
Variant commissions articles and interviews and welcomes
unsolicited material. We are more receptive to articles written
specifically for Variant, though consider reprints of articles
that may be otherwise unavailable to our readership. Subject matter
varies considerably and writers are advised to assess previous issues
prior to commencing on pieces. We do not adhere to a notion that
the readership base is fixed and that we should pander to a fixed
notion of audience, we welcome pieces that challenge readership
assumptions. Writers are asked to contact the editors four months
in advance of publication to discuss possible articles or interviews.
Due to the lack of platforms for intelligent analysis and debate,
throughout the UK and Scotland specifically, reviews are also
treated as extended articles. It is our intention to incorporate
reviews into broader cultural discussions and/ or in-depth examinations.
However, shorter reviews are included, increasing
the scope of representation in any one issue. Variant publishes
reviews grouped into 4 separate sections:
Projects, Print, Media and
Audio. Reviews are not promotional and there is a strict
division between editorial and advertising.
Project reviews should take
into account elements of description, interpretation and evaluation.
Writers should be able to develop a context for the work and
relate the subject under review to a wider set of issues. The
focus is on the 'innovative',
the 'challenging' and the 'contemporary'.
Reviews should also be written with a quarterly schedule in
mind but also retain a pertinence well after the event. They
should be discussed in the past tense; reviews should be credited
with the following: artist, title, place/ venue, dates.
Media reviews include film
(experimental & low-budget, expanded cinema), video (packages,
new productions, video installations), TV (critiques, analyses,
public access, cable, satellite), plus festivals and conferences
on the above and on New Technologies. These should be credited
with director/ producer, place, date and release date if applicable.
Audio reviews include experimental
and avant-garde music festivals and events, audio art projects,
plus new CD, record and tape releases. Events should be credited
as in the projects section. Disc releases should include a copy
of the cover, artist/s, title, distributor, date and other relevant
information, plus a recording of the work.
Print reviews include comics,
books and pamphlets on subjects within the scope of the editorial,
which includes cultural studies, critical theory and philosophy
classified publications. Book and pamphlet reviews should note
the publisher, distributor, number of pages, number of reproductions,
price and ISSN/ ISBN numbers.
Features must include photographs
and visual material. Writers are asked to contact the editors
if assistance is required. We will not accept articles which have
or will be published elsewhere except in collaboration, through
mutual agreement where it may be of historical pertinence or of
contemporary feel but has had limited or discreet distribution.
Some issues of Variant may be thematic.
Articles / interviews may be
held back due to space restrictions or in the development of
a future themed issue which the withdrawn item may be more appropriate
to. In this instance and only if funds permit, writers will
be paid* on publication of the issue it was originally intended
(* see 'Fees' section).
Articles/ Reviews 2,000 words / 4,000 words
Shorter Reviews 750 words / 1,000 words
Interviews 2,000 words / 4,000 words
Comments and Reports
These sections are self-explanatory but wide ranging. Of particular
interest are polemical and topical views points which are contentious
in issue and might deal with political issues relating to cultural
activity: artists rights or their infringement, campaigns, access
to resources, arts funding, and local, national and international
issues on similar themes. Pseudonyms may be adopted where recrimination
may be suspected in any way, but the editors must be aware of
the writer's true identity and reasons for
incognito. Comments and reports are not platforms for personal
grievances, for slanderous or unjustified personal attacks, nor
are they outlets for the jaundiced viewpoints of individuals or
interest groups. All opinions should be well-informed and rely
on actual facts where applicable.
Pieces may be withdrawn due to developing or changed circumstances
at any stage in the production.
Length: 750 words / 1000 words
This section is similar to comments & reports but is aimed
a) observations from outwith the UK,
b) and/ or obscure/ unusual documentation.
Length: 750 words / 1000 words
Each issue commissions or uses the work of one artist on the cover, inside
front and/ or outside back cover, with other visual contributions within
the magazine. We are keen to see unsolicited visual contributions.
a) CD ROM (please include a hard print out)
b) email to email@example.com (please also post a hard print
c) 3/half inch floppy disc (please include a hard print out)
d) clean typed (finished copy) in single or double spacing
e) legibly handwritten
Format Guidelines available here.
Copies must be retained by the sender. Variant cannot accept
responsibility for loss of manuscripts. All photographs should
be clearly labeled - do not write directly onto the backs of
photos, use labels and a waterproof pen. Always send them in
a hard-backed envelope and preferably by Registered Post. Please
state if you want your photos returned, otherwise they will
be retained by us for our files. All photographs must credit
the photographer. Variant and its editors cannot be held responsible
for copyright infringement where reasonable efforts have been
made to inform writers of our policy stated here. A signed letter
must be sent with the photographs granting us permission for
Payment to contributors is presently reliant upon the Scottish
Arts Council, Magazines Exhibition and Projects
fund. When possible, we will seek to remunerate all contribution
to Variant magazine. Payment is a fee for publication in Variant
magazine and inclusion in the Variant archive.
View points are those of the writers.
Writers will receive a copy of the magazine on publication.
articles in the magazine will also be archived and made freely available
[These guidelines are for the information of potential writers.
They are subject to alteration due to financial priorities but do
not form a contract from the time of commission. 9/12/05]
Jewesbury, Leigh French
1/2 189b Maryhill Road
Glasgow G20 7XJ