smART Magazine is a Toronto-based performing and visual arts publication.

The deadline for pitches is November 27th and then completed drafts will be due by December 18th.

We are looking for contributors for the Arts & Letters section for Issue 11. This section features essays of various lengths on contemporary social issues, commentary, and recommendations in the visual and performing art spheres. Our goal is to make the A & L section into a provocative space that brings the complex issues facing artists and the art world to the fore.

We are looking for articles that typically range from between 500-800 words. That being said, we are also open to longer articles of around 1000-1200 words and pieces as short as 200 words.

We would love to invite pieces that touch on the following questions: what are some specific issues facing the art world today and what are some some solutions? What does it mean to work as an artist in 2022 at this contemporary moment? How can visual art and live performances evolve our understanding of critical issues like climate change, technological advancement and socioeconomic inequities?

Compensation for the article is negotiable but will likely range somewhere between $50 – $200 ($50 being for a low word count; $200 being for a longer piece with pulled quotes from an interview, etc.)

Our goal is to bring in writers with an academic background who can bring some intellectual insights to our conversational arts journalism. I am a PhD Candidate in English at the University of Toronto and am committed to taking academic ideas beyond the university into more mainstream publications.

If you’re unfamiliar with smART Magazine, it is the official publication of Lighthouse Immersive, the production company best known for putting on various Immersive exhibits in North America, such as the Immersive Van Gogh. The magazine was launched in 2019 and has since done interviews with figures including Tegan and Sara, Ross Gay, Atom Egoyan, Guillaume Coté and Basia Bulat, amongst others.

Pitches can be casual (100 words or less) but should provide a brief summary of your piece that explains the subject matter, your approach and why the piece may be relevant to readers today.

Please submit pitches to me at and cc

I’m very much looking forward to hearing from you and potentially reading ideas for a piece.