Materiality

Materiality, definition: 1. the state or quality of being physical or material. 2. substance; matter.

Materiality is a themed journal that includes fiction, essay, images and poetry, focusing on the physical and material—anything from how an object or material is made, to how materials and objects  have affected our personal lives, culture or history. We source content from writers, artists, conservators, curators, craftspeople, historians, hobbyists, enthusiasts, photographers, manufacturers, materials scientists, engineers, designers and architects. We like to mix creative non-fiction with creative works. In our journal, you might find an article about the history of the paper bag, a poem inspired by childhood toys, a photo-essay on snow-worn timber, or a graphic about the construction of the spacesuit.

Materiality is now annual, published in August-September, with due dates for copy at the end of March. Text and images are in black and white/greyscale. Dimensions: 265 x 200mm (h x w). ISSN: 2201-1544.

To check out previous copies of Materiality, please visit the pinknantucket press shop.

Interested in writing for us?

Writing style

  • For non-fiction: Intelligent, informative, personal, succinct. The personal essay is a lovely format for longer pieces (e.g. see Anne Hadiway). Interviews with makers, manufacturers and craftspeople are also of interest.
  • Fiction, comics & verse: Whatever your heart desires. Comics should be reproducible in black and white or gresycale, to fit a page size 265 x 200 mm. Maximum of three poems accepted for consideration per author, per issue.
  • Graphics: Clean, concise, honest. (Edward Tufte should approve).
  • Photographs: Images should ideally be at least 300 pixels per inch of actual printed size, black and white, JPGs or TIFFs.

Writing submissions

  • We’re interested in suggestions and ideas – email us to introduce yourself. Please provide a brief description of your idea and, if you’re interested in writing it yourself, an outline of your writing experience. Please include writing samples and/or links to your blog or other publications.
  • Issues of Materiality will usually be themed, so please check the blog for the latest news.
  • We prefer to publish new work, but may republish work if it really takes our fancy.

We pay

  • Not much – at the moment, only $AU10-30 per piece. (Plus a complimentary copy). Shorter pieces (up to about 1000 words or one page) are paid $10, medium pieces $20 (1000-2000 words or up to three pages) and longer pieces $30 (2000+ words or more than three pages). If we’re wildly successful somehow, this might change!

Writing assignments

  • We sometimes commission articles. We’ll give you a word count range and a description of the article’s focus and intent. We’ll also give you two deadlines: the first to submit a working draft, the second for the completed article. After the first deadline, we’ll review your article for style, readability and so on. If you’re also providing photos or images, they are also due at this time. If an illustrator has been assigned, they will be given a copy of the edited draft at this stage. The manuscript will be returned to the writer with comments, suggestions and corrections to finesse before the second deadline.
  • Meeting our deadlines is important. If you are unable to meet the deadlines set out at the start of the assignment, please advise us immediately. We may be able to accommodate a revised schedule or make other arrangements.
  • We reserve the right to postpone or cancel an article for any reason.

Copyright

  • Copyright of each piece belongs to the author; copyright of the collection belongs to Materiality. Authors are welcome to submit or reproduce their works elsewhere. (It would be lovely of course if their initial appearance in Materiality was acknowledged).
  • Authors/creators should ensure that they have all the necessary permissions for images, quotes etc within their work.

Author bio

  • Please include a one or two-sentence bio with your work, to be published with your piece or on a contributor’s page. Include a blog, email address or social media username if you would like.

Referencing

  • Welcomed, especially for non-fiction works. They will appear as numbered footnotes/endnotes – but please avoid using Word’s automatic footnoting program. Extra discussion/text in endnotes is OK, but please try to keep this to a minimum.
  • References should be numbered consecutively in superscript within the text.
  • In the numbered list of endnotes, for the first mention of a publication please include full details in the following form: author’s full name (first name last name), title, publisher, place of publication, date of publication, page numbers (eg pp. 31-36). For subsequent mentions, use the following form: author’s last name, date of publication, page numbers.