Writer Guidelines

Delicious Line publishes 900- to 1000-character reviews of limited-run visual art exhibitions. Submissions are welcome from all corners of the earth, from any who dare. We pay US$40 for accepted submissions. Don't pitch us, just submit your review to submit@deliciousline.org. Submission does not guarantee publication, but everything gets considered. Feel free to send questions to that address.

Reviews appear with one image, which you may send along with your review, with all relevant information. You may also send along an image URL or simply indicate your preference. Note that museums frequently have serious legal constraints on publicity images - when in doubt, the editors will take care of it.

"Limited-run" means that the exhibition has a specific start date and a specific end date. (This is largely a technical concern. Databases don't handle vague conceptions of time like "the middle of next month" or "until the weather melts the art objects" very well.) Delicious Line does not review submissions until after the first day of the exhibition, and does not accept submissions on the last day of the exhibition or later. This is to assure that the general public has had a chance to see the show and will have the opportunity to do so by the time the review is published. It also eliminates exhibitions that run shorter than three days. (Delicious Line is about public access, not VIP-only access. Too, mounting an exhibition for longer than a weekend is hard, and Delicious Line wants to give those who manage it their due.)

Any given exhibition, no matter how notable, will receive one and only one 1,000-character review. In the event that Delicious Line receives more than one submission for an exhibition, the editors will publish their favorite. There is no restriction on the venue itself - reviews of concurrent or successive shows at the same museum or gallery are welcome.

As for notability, there is a lower-end threshold. Delicious Line is proud to cover small towns, scrappy efforts, and exhibitions outside the art world's better-defended gates. However, we don't want to be the canonical record for an exhibition's existence or key information about it. The presenter ought to take care of that, and if it doesn't, then we probably don't want a review of the show. (We've made exceptions for this, but it was for pavilions at the Venice Biennial.) Exhibitions about artists for whom it's hard to find further information or properly documented, well-photographed images posted online make the editor's life difficult, and covering them is of dubious value to the site's readers.

We are open to what constitutes a visual art exhibition, but not infinitely.

Think pieces, press releases, interviews, features, hit jobs, and rants are not welcome here. We're looking for reviews. We adhere to no particular school of art criticism, philosophy, or politics, and ask only that your review describe the art well enough to give the reader an idea of what it looks like. As a rule, you should describe at least one object in an opinionated way. Do so, in clear, grammatical prose, and the editors welcome you to make whatever other points you want.

Refrain from referring to other reviews or reviewers. We want pieces to stand on their own, and we cede interaction and dialogue, such as any might take place, to social media.

The only formatting available is italics. Please do not put bolding or hyperlinks in your copy.

The Editor-In-Chief has a fiery loathing for art criticism written in second-person singular or first-person plural, but has been known to let it slide sometimes. He upholds an ancient journalistic custom never to begin a review with the pronoun "I." He enforces the Oxford comma. 1,000 characters includes the spaces, so you monsters who insist on putting two of them between sentences are only hurting yourselves.

Our Conflict of Interest Policy has two points of concern. One, we cannot accept submissions from writers who have a financial or otherwise compromising arrangement with the artist or the exhibition venue being reviewed. We leave the details of this to your judgment, but if public knowledge of your relationship with the subject would make fools of us all, then please find another show to write about.

Two, Delicious Line identifies writers by their real names. We will not publish under anyone's pseudonym unless that is the professional name they sign to the rest of their writing, as established long prior. Author's names will appear with a link to their public profile, either their professional website or preferred social medium. If you don't have one, use LinkedIn.

Accepted submissions will be published copyright Delicious Line Inc. for use exclusively on the website, and in excerpted form for marketing and related purposes. We expect that if you write a review of an exhibition for Delicious Line, and we publish it, you will not write about that exhibition again for another publication nor have already done so. Submission implies no obligations on the part of Delicious Line Inc. or the editors.

With that noted, send us delicious lines.