BRICKrhetoric: A Literary and Visual Arts Publication

BRICKrhetoric is another prestigious online publication that features the works of students and faculty alike. It’s a literary and arts visual journal that’s founded in 2009 in the campus of University of Chicago. What sets this online publication apart from the rest is that aside from featuring different literary works, BRICKrhetoric also highlights the talent of aspiring photographers by showcasing their photos as well as their views on society.


The team behind this publication believes that by providing such a medium, they would be able to celebrate the beauty and culture of literary and visual arts as well as support literacy and promote cultural awareness. Since its conception, BRICKrhetoric has featured various articles that highlight original artwork, poetry, prose and photography. But they don’t feature all types of original work. No. They only accept submissions that are in line with their vision. This means that as long as your work is related to promoting multiculturalism, urban life or community engagement then, your work will definitely be considered.


If you’re interested in joining BRICKrhetoric, the good news here is that you have that chance every month. Why? They publish five of their favorite pieces among all the submissions every 5th day of the month. And that’s apart from the quarterly publication that they do.


They have a number of qualifications depending on the piece you’re doing. If you’re doing poetry, there’s no line limit so it’s all up to you but there’s a catch though. You can only submit up to six poems. The same goes for photography, you can only submit six so make sure that every photo counts. For creative nonfiction and persuasive essay, you can submit one or two pieces but make sure that each is within the 2,500-word limit. For fine arts, you can do four. It can be a painting, sculpture, collage, calligraphy, film, mosaic or installation. The same goes for science as art projects. You can do four as long as it’s a scientific theme that’s featured in drawings, photography, poetry, prose or any other artwork.


There you have it. So what are you waiting for? 


The Adroit Journal

If you’re interested in getting your works published, why not try sending your literary pieces to different online publications? There are so many aspiring writers doing just that. If you’re new to this, let me give you a brief rundown on what it’s all about. Literary magazines are online publications that give student-writers the chance to have their works published on their monthly or quarterly issues. They feature everything from write-ups, interviews and reviews to stories and poems. If you’re featured, there are those that provide a bit of allowance to these students. But even without that, it’s still worth the experience, right?

There are a number of online literary magazines available. One of the more popular publications includes The Adroit Journal. Many prefer it due to its vast array of topic submissions. It features all articles related to art and literature, be it rants or reviews, daily musings of newbie writers, essays, interviews or any type of fiction writing.

Founded in 2010 by Peter LaBerge, The Adroit Journal has become the avenue for great writers like Laura Kasischke, Lydia Millet, Diane Glancy, Ned Vizzini, Dorianne Laux and Terrance Hayes to bring their pieces across the globe. If you aspire to be one of them, all you have to do is submit your literary pieces here.

Currently, they’re looking for guest columns, guest blog posts, interviews and reviews. The guest column allows you to have a weekly post that you can write about your musings, provided it falls on the category you’ve pitched to them. It can be about the avant-garde art movement or about feminism or classics. It could be anything as long as it’s original. For the blog posts, these are one-off articles that are about 500 to 1,500-word long. Again, it could revolve around anything about art and literature. If you know any distinguished people in the field, you could do an in-depth interview that’s under 2,000 words. Feature any artist or writer you’re familiar with. The key here is to ask quality questions that will allow readers to view these people in a different light. Reviews, on the other hand, are more common. You can share your criticisms or appreciation of any recently-published novel, essay collection or poetry.

But remember, not everyone who submits an article is featured in the journal. That’s why you have to make sure that your piece stands out. Browse through their past articles to know what they’re looking for. You can either go for the lighthearted angle or be really serious about your views. Every submission requires either an outline or a cover letter so make sure you get that covered. Share your thoughts and ideas carefully and show them that writing matters dearly to you.

The rest of the details are listed in their site so make sure to read through them before doing your piece. Good luck!