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Submissions for DEMOLISH are open!

While Oscen is accessible to everyone, our focus is on the perspectives that often get ignored. We want intersectionality. We want views on everything — no tokenism!

We publish anything, from articles to photography to playlists. We’re looking for multidisciplinary explorations in both subject and in style, so feel free to range far and wide outside the prompts below.

 

Welcome to Issue 02: POWER

Where there are people, there is power. As a collective and in relation to one another, power is unavoidable in society, in community. How, then, do we navigate this? How are we meant to live with one another and to live with ourselves? In our second issue, we want to explore three phases of power through the metaphor of a house: the structures in our societies, the rage and destruction of those structures, and how we might rebuild.

Our first issue, Authenticity, took the form of asking a new question each month. We’re trying something different for our second issue. Over the course of six months, we’ll take on a new phase every two months for a total of three: Frame, Demolish, and Transform.

Next month

Phase 02: DEMOLISH

All empires fall. In Phase 01, we uncovered the power structures that run through our society. We explored how power runs through our relations. Now imagine tearing all of those down. In Phase 02: DEMOLISH, we examine the process by which those structures might cease to exist. The act of demolition is also an emotional one, and emotions are subject to power —  we want to explore the rage and fear and helplessness that prompts and accompanies destruction.

Prompts

  • the power of rage
  • destruction
  • helplessness
  • deconstruction
  • resistance
  • autonomy
  • female anger
  • emotional labour
  • exhaustion
  • productivity
  • commodification
  • privilege 
  • unity and division
  • ruins
  • rubble
  • the end of empire
  • a bang or a whimper
Guidelines

If it’s written: around 1000 words, and no more than 1500 (please send as a Microsoft Word-compatible document)

If it’s visual: no more than 6-8 photos for a collection or a photo essay (please send as high-res as you can in .jpg or .png) – include a title and brief description

If it’s a playlist: send it as a written list and we will try and make it Spotify-compliant! (please include a title, brief description, and cover art in .png)

Send up to 3 submissions. Works do not have to be previously unpublished, but please let us know where it has been published before for purposes of acknowledgement. Unfortunately, we cannot offer payment to contributors, but are looking to change this as our platform grows bigger and better.

No discrimination. Anything racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, etc. will not be accepted.

Submissions close on May 30th

Email submissions with a third-person bio to hello@oscen.co