Call for Submissions: The Substance Issue
Submit Writing for the August Issue of Mask Magazine
Remember when life was something bewildering and incomprehensible, a force that frightened you breathless or stirred you with emotion. No? Neither do we. Life as we know it is a substance we monitor for desired effect. An unsteady system of nerve impulses and biological responses whose balance is always in doubt. We analyze our consumption of food, beverages, and cigarettes as much as we mindlessly enjoy it. Partying is increasingly about monitoring the intake of substances to reach the desired level or high or rush or comfort. Our water is polluted, or perhaps it always was, our bodies are toxic, or perhaps we’ve become paranoid, and nobody can give us a straight answer if juices and cleansing really are that good for us. All we know is that we’re exhausted and beer helps us fall asleep. As long as it’s from a micro brewery!
Next month, we’re exploring substance(s). Emotional eating, addiction, grocery shopping, drugs, cleanses, toxic jobs, hormones, diseases, fitness, health foods, socializing, diets, habits, obsessions, paranoia, and the economics of it all.
Email inquiries, pitches, and submissions to email@example.com with “The Substance Issue” in the subject line and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Please check out our guidelines for writers beforehand.