Your story is an integral part of building a portrait of Chicago artists and providing the evolving resources that sustain our practices. Our goal is to maintain the premier resource site for Chicago's creative individuals. Therefore, all articles submitted to CAR are subject to editorial review for content, cohesion, clarity, length and structure. We will do our best to preserve the voice, style, and intent of your story. There is no renumeration for submitted content. Authors are expected to be available for rewrites and to provide additional information or material as needed. Published posts are at the editors’ discretion. They are not subject to approval by contributors for posting.
Submissions are preferred in Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) with author image larger that 400 pixels square and (optional) header image larger than 800 pixels wide. Video embeds, please provide a SoundCloud, Vimeo or YouTube direct link. Audio embeds, we prefer the mp3/audio file.
Announcements are short, timely news items that call attention to exceptional opportunities for Chicago's creative class. Announcements are heavily edited and posted at the discretion of CAR’s editorial staff. If you would like to be considered for Announcement placement, please post your opportunity to the community content and send a link to firstname.lastname@example.org with your pitch. Due to volume, please do not expect a reply. Product or service advertisements will not be posted. Please see our ad rates for advertising.
Artist Stories are first-person narratives that address specific aspects of the author’s discipline. They include one image of the artist/author, an essay of 600-1,000 words, an optional portfolio media element (image, video or audio), a footer biography of the author and links to the author’s website. Stories should address topics that are of interest or of benefit to the larger community in which one works. Examples might include a report on successful varnish formulas and their application, an instrument comparison for musicians, assessing the benefits and drawbacks of self-publishing, what to expect in collaborative environments, etc. Avoid lengthy artist statements and extended biographies.
Artist Professional Stories
Artist Professional Stories are written by professionals who serve the creative community, but are not necessarily artists themselves. Examples include accountants, printers, lawyers, marketers, gallerists, curators, producers, agents and any others who actively assist artists in achieving their creative goals. These stories should provide strategic and tactical advice and resources for artists. Editorial guidelines are the same as Artist Stories.
Career Moves are Artist Stories that specifically address changes in jobs or careers, either laterally within one's field or switching to new employment in or out of the arts. These articles address issues of live/work balance, finances, interpersonal politics, artistic burnout and inspiration, novel solutions to artistic or career issues. Articles should present a problem, frame the working environment/conditions/personalities as they relate to the arts and detail the solution or outcome in a manner that is instructional to the creative community.
SINGLETRACK is a music-specific short-form Artist Story. Each article features one embedded audio or video track accompanied by 250-300 words by the musician(s) who performed it. Essays provide the context for the music: What were the motivations, challenges, successes or obstacles that contributed to the piece? What were the technical aspects of the recording? Why did you write this song? Music from all genres is encouraged.