Almost Real Things is a product of collaboration. Our purpose is to collect and distribute great ideas that might not otherwise be seen. It’s a cost-free way to express your creativity, giving you the opportunity to receive input and gain exposure.
We accept all types of contributions and encourage you to submit ideas for upcoming articles, as well as photos of your own work for a feature. When we say “articles” we don’t only mean formally written interviews. Browse through any issue and you’ll see activities, fake ads, satirical illustrations and made-up fitness routines, to name a few. If you have a great idea but don’t have the skills necessary to make it real, no problem. We have a large network of graphic designers, writers, illustrators and artists of all mediums to collaborate with.
How to Submit
Please carefully follow the instructions below. All submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Include your name and something that references what you’re sending. Keep it brief, this is no space for your life story.
Say hello, introduce yourself. Include your name, city and why you’re submitting. Submissions with no context at all will leave us wondering if you’re truly human.
Please limit to 2-3 sentences. Though we love reading about you, we want to focus on the work you’re creating. We’ll tell you if we need more.
Short Paragraph Explaining Your Work and Process
Please limit to 3-4 sentences. If your work is relevant to Issue 15: Money Makin’ please include the cost of materials, number of hours you worked and final price for each piece submitted. For musicians, this can include rehearsal space, album art, production, etc.
Include your website and social media links.
Artist Spotlight submissions should:
- Include 4-6 high res images (minimum 1425px for width) of your work, exported at maximum quality.
- Include the titles of your pieces and the medium/materials.
- Have photos attached to your email. Please do not include Dropbox links.
- Note: any more than 6 images makes it difficult for our preoccupied brains to comprehend.
Written submissions like poetry or creative writing can be attached without photos.
Music/Video submissions should include links or audio attachments.
For all other contributions, send a brief attachment explaining your idea.
That’s it! If you can’t remember the instructions try reading them aloud to yourself in a mirror. Or copy, paste and fill out the sections in your email.
The best way to format is by following the guide above. If you find yourself scrolling through dafont.com trying to find the perfect typeface, stop right there. Use the default font in your email (unless it’s Comic Sans) and keep the type black. Save the excitement for your content, not the formatting.