Issue 10: Call for Submissions
Saturday March 22nd 2008, 12:54 pm
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Radical Beauty

Four Minutes to Midnight is now accepting poetry, prose and visual art submissions for its tenth issue, due out this fall. The zine has come a long way since its humble photocopied beginnings and to mark this journey we’ll be pulling out all the stops for Issue 10. We’re aiming to double the page count, increase the print run and even include a full-colour section. It’s going to be one beautiful little brick of a book.

The theme this time around revolves around the concept of RADICAL BEAUTY/SUBVERSIVE BEAUTY, interpreted however you please. We want to move away from the criticism, cynicism and self-effacing irony towards something more celebratory and empowering. The time feels ripe for it.

As usual, the guidelines for submissions are pretty open. We’re looking for all types of (printable) creative work, but before submitting anything, please take the time to look through our previous issues to get an idea of where we’re coming from and where we’re trying to go.

If you’re sending images, make sure to send them at a printable resolution (300 dpi). If they’re too large for email, drop me a line and we’ll work something out. Written pieces shouldn’t exceed 2,500 words, but we can be flexible on this.

Please send any submissions, questions, comments or ideas to The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2008.

We’d also like to invite you to participate in Issue 10’s Fugue, the collaborative typographic collage that is a central part of the zine. Add to the discussion thread bellow and lend us your words to play with…

PS. This issue’s theme is brought to you courtesy of Memefest: The International Festival of Radical Communication. Please check it out and submit there as well, I’ll be on the jury!

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a few personal examples:

a japanese kid playing Godspeed on acoustic guitar…

• Olafur Eliasson’s Weather Project installation in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern. Seeing this might very well have saved my life… the photos really don’t do it justice.

• and if not registering quite at the same emotional scale, this flickr set of the Sao Paulo Billboard Ban is imho radically beautiful…

Comment by kevin 04.04.08 @ 12:11 pm

Wow! The Japanese dude on guitar is so talented!
I agree with the radicalness of your examples, but, in all of this… where is the sex?

Comment by Markitsune 05.10.08 @ 12:47 pm

“If you don’t like what you see out your window, the most subversive thing you can do is make your own vision. If criticizing sex is so important, then where are our role models? Who do you think is going to make erotic expression meaningful
to you if not yourself? ” – Susie Bright, Full Exposure

From the Lickety Split Smut Zine webpage

Comment by Markitsune 05.10.08 @ 12:52 pm

hmm – we agree – but the sex at times, it seems the enemy of intellect – it has such powers. It is a struggle. We can only refer the tunnel. Sold out unfortunately.

Comment by tao 05.14.08 @ 5:22 pm

too soon
thickened paint globs
just beneath the top layer
hardened too soon
a blemish on a painting – unfinished
adding texture
subtracting the rest
stick, stuck

Matthew Raymond Diomataris

Comment by Matthew R. Diomataris 03.01.13 @ 5:09 pm

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