Submit to BIG MESS!
We’re always looking for new friends and contributors! Each issue of Big Mess features work inspired by a theme. We keep it pretty loose! Here’s what we’re planning for the next few issues:
- Winter 2022–2023: Puzzles
- Spring 2023: Fire
- Summer 2023: Parks
We have some initial ideas for what we want to do with these themes, but we’re still very open! Want to make something? email us at email@example.com and let us know what you’re thinking about! We will work together to determine final specs and timeline.
Issues of Big Mess are typically 5 inches by 8 inches with bleed. Each issue usually features between 3–6 contributors. Generally, we like for each contributor to have 3–5 pages each, except in cases where we pair up writing and imagery.
- Illustration: We happily accept illustration work that is already color-separated. We are also glad to produce separations from full-color, flattened RGB images, if the art necessitates it. (This is the only way to reproduce art created using physical media.)
- Photography: Full-color photography can be riso printed with a relatively “normal-looking” faux-CMYK process, or with any other unusual combination of colors. We will produce color separations from RGB images and collaborate on ink selection for the desired effect. Black-and-white photography can be riso printed with a single ink.
- Writing: We’re looking for fiction and nonfiction up to about 1,500 words. Poetry of any length is also welcome! We will provide light editing to conform to our house style.
Future themes… maybe?
Luggage, Collections, Taste, Trash, Smells, Sound, Sugar, Hair. Anything here catch your fancy? Let us know what you want to make!