Submit to TSM!

The Sick muse is a platform for your experiences related to music/art. We accept articles, lyrics, fiction, poetry, prose poetry, poetry prose, photography, essays, graphic art, histories, profiles, interviews, comics, love notes, and more! We are a local publication and focus on Chicago artists and musicians, but the heart of what we publish is content focused on those artists working outside the mainstream, call it DIY, independent, underground, outsider, what have you, all that which does not usually get the spotlight by mainstream media, or even the alternative readers. As such we have expanded our eye outside Chicago.

We accept rolling submissions! Additionally each issue has a theme and prompts which we will post on our website and social media as we set out starting the issue.

TSM Issue #14 submissions are closed and will be released December 18, 2020. Theme and prompts for TSM Issue #15 will be forthcoming in January 2021!

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General info:

-When you send us your submission, please let us know the following info: 1) your name as you want it printed 2) your preferred pronouns 3) the title of your submission 4) any other info you want published such as your website, email, handle, collective or band affiliation, etc.

-We do accept previously published writing. Let us know where it was originally published if that’s the case.

Info for visual art submissions:

  • Visual submissions should be submitted in CMYK at 300 dpi or higher
  • Please send files as JPEG or PNG.
  • Visual submissions do not need to conform to any particular dimensions but please note that full single page image dimensions are 10” x 10” (wxh) And keep in mind that this will be printed on newsprint.
  • Full single page dimensions are 10” x 10” (wxh).

Info for poetry submissions:

  • -Please make all line breaks clear and let us know if you have particular formatting notes.

Info for lyrics submissions:

  • The lyrics section is near and dear to the Sick Muse heart and appears in every issue since the dawn of our existence. In each issue, the writers of the lyrics hand-write, design, or otherwise illustrate their own lyrics (or ask a friend for an assist). Please join this tradition! Get creative with it. See past examples here [gonna link]!
  • Each submission of lyrics gets only one page, so please incorporate the text into the visuals. Full single page dimensions are 10” x 10” (wxh).