Contribute, Collaborate, Comment
We recommend you take the time to look through past issues to get a better sense of what we publish in Beneficial Shock!. Our aim is to avoid 'trend' and reductive work that panders to populism. We pride ourselves on filling our pages with illustration that is aiming to push the margins; powerful, impactful, honest, individualistic and surprising, We are an annual publication with a limited amount of pages to fill - so we have to be highly selective.
Specify whether you want to be paired as an illustrator/designer/photographer with one of our writers or submit self-authored material. Please also send us a link to examples of your work and aim to highlight for us why you think Beneficial Shock! is the right 'fit' for your work.
Send your 100-150 word synopsis for articles related to the next issue’s theme describing the intended topic of your piece and the themes/arguments to be explored, plus a proposed title. Please also include a link to examples of your written work (writing about film is recommended but not essential).
A feature style guide is available on request by contacting the editor:
Things we look for in a submission:
– A confident voice that indicates a personal/individualistic approach
– Clear sentence structure, lack of grammatical errors/typos, etc.
– A strong grasp and robust experimentation of your chosen topic
– Ambitious and looking to surprise
Things to avoid in a submission:
– Too much summary
– An excessively dry, esoteric or academic tone
– Snarky sarcasm or cynical criticism without a sense of playful self-awareness
Issue 8 theme: TBD
Pitch submission Deadline: March 1st, 2023
*We receive lots of contributor requests, so while we make an effort to respond, if you don't hear back from us within 10 days do please email a reminder to jog us along.