Announcing: The Sick Muse #11 Featured Essay + Poster Contest

We are excited to make a public call for two paid commissioned works for our upcoming 11th issue: one written, one visual. While we have commissioned work from individuals before, this is our first time making a public call for paid work, as we make strides to being able to pay all our contributors. Each selected artist/writer will receive $50.

  • Featured Essay (Creative Nonfiction Writing)

We are seeking to publish a thoughtful, creative, and original essay that explores in some way the theme of mass media: how do ideas propagate? How does art and knowledge move so that they can move us? How does power play into this? How does form play into this? The meaning of “mass media” is up for your interpretation. Anything Chicago-related is a plus.

Submissions could be in the form of cultural criticism, personal essays, social commentary, and narrative journalism, but we are also excited by writing that does not conform to form. For this featured essay competition, we are not accepting profiles of a single artist or collective, interviews, or short stories/fiction (but we welcome them in our general submission process!). The selected writer will work with an editor after selection, so the submitted piece can be a rough draft.

Please keep to approximately 1500 words max.

Deadline: December 15th

  • Centerfold Poster

Design a poster for the centerfold! The centerfold sheet of the issue will be a poster that readers can remove and hang on their walls. Posters should in some way explore the theme of mass media: how do ideas propagate? How does art and knowledge move so that they can move us? How does power play into this? How does form play into this? All styles and mediums welcome: the poster can be abstract, informational, aesthetic, or didactic. The poster will be part of a run of 5000 copies on newsprint.

Please submit a detailed sketch of the poster in the appropriate dimensions (see below). If available, include examples of past work or a link to your website/portfolio so we can get a sense of your style.

Deadline: December 15th

Dimension: Centerfold dimensions are 21” x 10”. The final version will be printed in full color (CMYK) on newsprint.

Send submissions and questions to sickmuse.chi@gmail.com

Celebrate The Sick Muse 10 Release!

On the opening night of The World’s Fair 2018, join us to celebrate the release of The Sick Muse 10: UTOPIA at the Co-Prosperity Sphere!!

With performance by:

Glad Rags
https://gladragsmusic.bandcamp.com

>>radiant device<<
https://radiantdevices.bandcamp.com

MC Foucault
https://mcfoucault.bandcamp.com

DJ Sasha No Disco
https://soundcloud.com/sashanodisco

+ Comedy
+TSM-curated art gallery with works by Sarai Redmond, Alex XIII Maerbach, Jordyn Belli, Eliza Karazah, Sustainable Confidence and more!

The Sick Muse 10 is centered around the theme of UTOPIA and it is the first magazine-format, glossy af issue printed at 8.5″x11″!! The release is part of the World’s Fair 2018 (www.nomoneynoborders.com)!

??Pre-order your copy of TSM 10 here??
www.gofundme.com/thesickmuse10

Doors at 7 / Show at 8
$8 suggested donation
**Free raffle ticket with entry**
Prizes include merch from local bands and more!

!!!!Food and drink for sale!!!
(no byob)

Pre-Order TSM 10!

Gahhhhhhh the biggest baddest glossiest issue of the Sick Muse is almost here…and for the first time ever, we’re offering a pre-order situation: so follow this link!

The Sick Muse 10 is centered around the theme of UTOPIA and will include:

  • an interview with rap duo Mother Nature about becoming hip-hop geniuses
  • an interview with »radiant devices«, Chicago industrial and downtempo electronics wonders
  • a guide to foraging wild life and growing food in Chicago
  • a foto series of queer nightlife by ColectivoMultipolar
  • a timeline of DIY Chicago from 2000-2036
  • an account of cooperative living
  • and uh, so much more! We don’t want to give it all away 😉

Printed on 8.5″ x 11″ glossy paper and 68 pages long, our 10th issue will include waaay more content by/about Chicago DIY artmakers than ever before. (It’s also way more expensive to print. We’re trying to keep the cost as low as we can while also creating a beautiful, exciting zine bursting with knowledge and fresh creations. We’ve cut down the number of zines we print yearly in order to create more expansive issues, so think of this as three issues in one).

The issue drops June 22 on the opening night of the World’s Fair 2018. Stay tuned for details about the release party!

We love you and thank you for your support.

Preview The Sick Muse #9

Have you gotten your copy of The Sick Muse #9 yet? If not, enjoy this lil preview:

Music is “Find Your Way” by Participatory Music Coalition, this issue’s featured artist.

Copies are available at Quimby’s, Reckless Records, Bric-a-Brac Records, Build Coffee, and Hostel Earphoria! You can also order copies to be shipped via our online shop or by emailing sickmuse.chi@gmail.com.