Submission Guidelines

Submission guidelines:

  • Preferred format for submissions is .doc or .docx, but Google docs are also acceptable. The .doc/x has been easiest for transferring to WordPress (especially if there are a lot of links in the piece.) No .pdfs, please! 
  • Send a rough draft at least two weeks before the movie or series is scheduled to screen. It gives artists and editors enough time to do their thing. 
  • We’ll send you feedback ASAP, and we ask that you consider revising based on our edits and suggestions or your piece may not be posted. Everyone needs a little editing and our editors make good choices. Trust them! That said, if you ever feel like someone is trying to change the tone or theme of your writing, please let us know and we’ll work on it with you.
  • Try to keep pieces to 1500 words. If your post is longer than 1500 words, we may ask you to cut it down and resubmit before we send it to our editors. 
  • We try to limit posts to two per calendar for each author, because we want to include a diversity of voices on the blog. 
  • For artists: artwork size is 1024×576, and .jpg is preferred.
  • If you cite online sources, please include hyperlinks. For all sources, please use footnotes and format your citations according to the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Please italicize all film titles. 
  • If this is your first contribution to the blog, please share a short bio (100 words or less) with your piece. 
  • Please share any stills from the film or images that you’d like to include in your post at the time of submission. 

A few notes about writing for Perisphere:

  • Your writing does not need to be formal or academic. It’s a blog! Have fun with it. 
  • Do not plagiarize or infringe on copyright (either verbally or visually). This might seem obvious, but if you feel like you’re in a gray area, let us know and we can help. 
  • We will not post something that is racist, homophobic, sexist, ableist, or offensive in some other way. On this note, we ask that you be open to revising something in your writing should our editors suggest that it might exclude some members of our audience/readership.
  • We encourage our authors to get creative and submit non-traditional written/visual pieces for the blog. We’ve published comics, crossword puzzles, think pieces, reviews, artwork, and a series of stills with a few poetic captions. Let us know what ideas you have and we’ll do our best to format it. 
  • We also encourage our authors/artists to write about topics that are only tangentially related to their chosen film/series. Feel free to use the film as a jumping off point instead of the entire point. Find something weird or prescient in these films and talk about that; don’t be afraid to make connections to other movies, personal experiences, historical events, or larger trends that interest you.

If you have any questions or concerns or if you are interested in contributing to Perisphere, please contact us at perisphere@trylon.org.

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