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by PopMatters Staff

8 Apr 2015


PopMatters (est. 1999) is a respected source for smart long-form reading on a wide range of topics in culture. PopMatters serves as a bridge between academia and popular culture. Thus, our articles are written in an engaging style that is both entertaining and erudite, yet free of stiff and cloistered academic language, and of course, far removed from the novice, the hype and the naiveté that crowds online media.

PopMatters articles appeal to cultural omnivores, historians, pop culture enthusiasts and intellectuals and geeks of many stripes. Our essayists approach their subjects with a strong respect for and knowledge of history—and with an eye toward where they think we may be heading next.

Feature essays are a minimum of 1,200 words, and there is no maximum limit, so long as the essay warrants the length. You may pitch a single essay, or a series of articles. We’d love to hear your ideas.

by PopMatters Staff

10 Mar 2015


Pitch Deadline: 4 April 2015
First Drafts: 20 May 2015
Final Essay Deadline: 15 June 2015
Contact: Erin Giannini and Karen Zarker
Email: egiannini37@gmail.com / zarker@popmatters.com
Email subject line: Doctor Who: Contents & Contexts

Doctor Who holds the distinction of not only being the longest running sci-fi series, but also one of the longest running prime-time series, ever. While numerous scholarship (both academic and non) has examined both the original series (1963-1989) and the rebooted series (2005-present), we are seeking to examine the historical and cultural contexts of the series, including topics such as the “missing” episodes, the show’s place on the BBC, its global transmission, and branding of the series. (We will not be covering analyses of fandom or individual episodes.)

by Karen Zarker

24 Jun 2014

Deadline: None. This is a standing call.
Contact: Karen Zarker
Email: zarker at popmatters dot com

PopMatters seeks intelligent and open minds to review books covering the entire spectrum of popular culture, from the big guns of the megapublishers to the edgy voices coming from the radical indie presses. Ideal reviews provide contextual commentary and bring an historical awareness to the article—PopMatters book reviews are far more substantial than the average “liked it / hated it” review.

by PopMatters Staff

13 Feb 2014


With the intent of providing continued intelligent and entertaining content in the PopMatters’ Columns section, we are looking to broaden our staff of columnists and the voice of our writers’ community. We’re particularly interested in writers who live and work outside of the US, but that is not a deciding factor; in all cases, no matter the writer’s locale, we’re looking for those who can approach an array of cultural subject matter from their patch of the world with an international sensibility; that is, contextualize the local with an awareness of its place, historical and current, in the broader world.

Qualified writers are already readers of PopMatters (as but one vital supplement in their varied intellectual diet). They are familiar with the work of our current columnists, as well as other areas of the magazine, and they have a solid sense of what we’re looking for in content and caliber in these essays. We deliberately use the terms “essays” and “columns” interchangeably; as pieces are broad in scope yet grounded in real-world examples, and they are tied to regular deadlines and an established identity (and therein lay the “columnist” element). With these expectations in mind, we have monthly and every-other-month column slots available. Suitable writers are dedicated to regular deadlines and enjoy participating in friendly, ongoing communications with their editor.

by Karen Zarker

23 May 2013


Ethan Hawke in Michael Almereyda's Hamlet (2000)

PopMatters seeks feature essays (min. 1,200 words - no max. limit) arguing the pros and cons of anachronism in film, literature, video games, music and other products of pop culture.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Country Fried Rock: Great Peacock Interview

// Sound Affects

"Great Peacock's Southern indie anthems make the headliners for whom they open nervous. When the warm-up act has the crowd singing along, you know this emerging band will fly far.

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