Momus is an online art publication that centers slow looking and brave positioning. Our editors seek out writing that looks critically at contemporary art and circles its relationship to larger contexts. Through editing that is committed, sensitive, and rigorous, we prioritize accessible approaches to art writing and criticism.
Momus publishes reviews and features, and welcomes pitches in both categories. Our animating question for pitches is: what makes this criticism and not coverage?
Reviews can run between 800-1,500 words. Typically, they take a single exhibition as their subject, though we invite more inventive approaches. For some recent examples of Momus review writing, see: here, here, and here. We pay between $400-600 USD for Reviews, depending on length.
Features can run between 1,000-2,500 words. The term “feature” is a bit of a catch-all for criticism that goes beyond the review format. It may take the form of a critical essay that addresses a current issue affecting art, artists, or the conversation around the arts; or incorporate original research with a clear critical position. Under this category, we have published essays, profiles, in-memoria, interviews, letters, how-to guides, rebuttals, reflections, and opinion pieces. As with reviews, we invite more inventive approaches. For some recent examples of Momus feature writing, see: here, here, here, here, and here. We pay between $500-700 USD for Features, depending on length.
Please send a brief 1-2 paragraph pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ideally, your pitch should give us a clear and concise sense of your subject, and why it is worth exploring now. Even if the pitch is pegged to a current or upcoming event, exhibition, or performance, please let us know what makes addressing this subject feel opportune or even necessary in this moment. As we are primarily a publication of art criticism, we consider a writer’s critical position and how the writer will support this position. If your subject has been written about recently and/or widely, we recommend articulating how your perspective and approach will differ from that of previous writing, or how it will respond.
Please note that we do not publish academic papers, so academic conventions do not apply.
Please put your pitch in the body of your email. Let our editors know if you’re pitching elsewhere simultaneously.
Send pitches to: email@example.com. We typically respond within 10 days.