Call for submissions to The Sick Muse #12!

We are now accepting submissions to The Sick Muse #12. This issue will be printed on newsprint and distributed for free to 5000 people!

As always, The Sick Muse is a platform for the expression of your experiences, feelings, philosophies related to music and art and how it happens in Chicago. Beyond the issue’s theme, we also accept anything that can be printed on a page that hovers around musicking and art-making in Chicago. This could include articles, lyrics, poetry, photography, essays, graphic art, stories, histories, dialogues, profiles, interviews, comics, and love notes.

Send submissions to

General submissions deadline: June 1

*If you need an extension, send us an email with proposal and we will get back to you!

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.

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).