TSM11 Release Party! 3/16/19

Join us this Saturday March 16th to celebrate the release of The Sick Muse #11! RSVP HERE and we’ll send you the address for Nude Beach on Saturday!

Doors at 8pm / Show at 9pm
$8 suggested donation
Venue will be wheelchair accessible thanks to Chicago ramp sharing info & forum. Email sickmuse.chi@gmail.com for questions about accessibility.

With performance by:

Cordoba – CHI
https://cordoba.bandcamp.com/

Elijah Berlow
https://elijahberlow.bandcamp.com/releases

Kelsey Wild
http://www.kelseywild.com/

Wintermute
https://wintermute-band.tumblr.com/

& poetry reading by Alex Shapiro
& the works of Mac Blackout
& live art by Hannah B. Moore
& art installations by BAD WITCH CLUB
& drinks served by Dr.Meats
& photography by Colectivo Multipolar

TSM11 is our first issue printed on newsprint and will be distributed all across chi. As such, the issue is centered around media, with writing and art interrogating the propagation, distribution, and circulation of knowledge and art. How we move ideas so that ideas can move us??

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