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Number seeks writing that critically explores the visual arts of the Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas region. Number prefers proposals to completed articles. For features and interviews, the proposal should be 125 – 250 words. Proposals for exhibition reviews and regional updates should be 50 words. Tell us who and what you want to discuss and what you plan to say. If you haven’t written for Number before, please include two brief writing samples (1,000 – 2,000 words) along with a short bio (40 words) describing your background and interests. The editor will evaluate proposals based on quality, relevance, and available space. Proposals may be submitted to guesteditor@numberinc.org.


Number will not consider contributions regarding: the artwork of someone with whom the writer has a personal relationship; the work of an artist, gallery, or institution with whom the writer has a financial relationship or internship; any gallery that represents the writer’s work. We also will not consider submissions by a writer whom the gallery or artist has paid or commissioned to write the article in question, or a submission by a writer who collects the work of the artist in question.


We reserve the right to terminate acceptance of your article without compensation if we discover you have misrepresented yourself or if the final form of the article diverges markedly from the agreed upon topic, format, or deadline.

Accepted submissions will be considered for print and online publication. At this time writers will only be paid for work published in the print editions of Number.


Proposal Deadline

Number is seeking content for our 95th issue and for website publication. Your pitch must be at least 3-4 sentences describing content, venue, location, artist names, etc. Please also include what form your contribution would take: essay, exhibition review, interview, feature article, regional update, nontraditional, and so on. Reviews and updates do not need to follow issue #95’s thematic path. Below are full details about the call. We look forward to hearing your ideas.



The color red carries a vast range of associations. It is the color connected to heat, passion, anger, love… Red is the color of blood and the color of the ochre pigments used in the earliest known works of art. Red is correlated to sin and violence (blood, poison, etc.) and to loss and deficit (the loss of blood or the loss of financial assets, e.g. “being in the red”). Red from this perspective indicates a lack or a failing, but red’s other associations such as love and passion, speak to new possibilities and generation. A political color as well, it was synonymous with Communism in the 20th century, only to make an ideological shift during the Presidential election of 2000, coming to represent majority Republican states via the shorthand “red state.”


Red’s current relationship to the visualization of partisan politics, and its resonance in sustained states of anger related to those politics, offers a rich landscape through which to explore our current moment. Issue NO. 95 invites contributions from artists, writers, and other thinkers documenting and investigating a range of social, psychological, aesthetic, and political topics, with the color red as the point of departure.


Sunday July 1st for pitching. If your pitch is accepted, completed text, accompanying images, and info are due by July 20th, submitted through the Submittable link on Number’s website.


Issue: No.95/ Seeing Red
Guest Editor: Sarah Higgins, Curator of the Zuckerman Museum of Art


Pitch us your ideas at:

guest-editor@numberinc.org and cc mikecalway-fagen@numberinc.org




Feature Articles

  • 1000-1500 words
  • Addresses theme of the issue
  • Includes 2-3 digital images to support writing


  • 1000-1500 words
  • Provided in interview format that includes the question
  • 5-10 digital images

Reviews of Regional Exhibitions

  • 700-1000 words
  • Critical and/or interpretive discussion of works presented
  • Include: Title of exhibition, name of artist, location, and dates of exhibition at top of page
  • 3-5 high resolution digital images from the exhibition or artists work
  • Regional artists showing in the area
  • Exhibitions and installations at regional museums, galleries, arts organizations
  • Exhibitions by regional artists outside of the region

Regional Updates

  • 500 words
  • Provides a look at what is happening with the visual arts in your area.
  • 2-3 high resolution digital images to support writing

Arts Issues, Advocacy, and Education

  • 700-1000 words
  • Preference is given to articles focusing on the TN, AR, MS region.
  • Provide information on current issues impacting the arts and arts organizations
  • Advocate for artists, arts organizations, and/or benefits of art to communities
  • Cover art educational topics or activities


Payment scale for print and web:

Regional Update (500 words)— $50
Review (700-1000 words)—$75
Interview (1000-1500 words)—$100
Feature Article (1000-1500 words)—$100

Thank you and we look forward to receiving your proposals.