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1. Identify the source if you are discussing an item, e.g., the URL to a [book/cd]'s publisher/label page or full identification of an older vision of a [book].

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PopMatters welcomes reviews (around 800 words), essays (min. 1,200 words), interviews (min. 1,200 words) and short blog entries (under 800 words) on a wide range of topics in popular culture, past and present. 

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PopMatters publishes for posterity. Our roots are in academia, and our mission is to educate as well as entertain, with an awareness of our place on the cultural/historical continuum – that's the matters in PopMatters, that's what differentiates this online magazine, est. 1999, from other "pop culture websites". Readers rely on PopMatters for articles that meet their intellectual caliber.

PopMatters welcomes articles on a wide range of subjects in culture throughout the globe, past and present, and for those who dare, the speculative future. PopMatters' writers, like PopMatters' readers, are educated, informed, pop culture savvy, located throughout the world -- and they know their history – and they bring this level of engagement to the articles they present to our readers. Writers interested in bringing their intelligence, creativity, and passion to this fine magazine are welcome and appreciated. 

Submit only your "final" version of the article -- no drafts. An editor may contact you regarding revisions. By submitting your essay to PopMatters, you agree to work with an editor in the event revisions are needed.
You may also pitch a single article or a series of articles here. We'd love to hear your ideas.

Ensure proper attribution to cited sources (magazine-style attribution in parenthesis following the citation -- no footnotes, please). Accepted essays will convey a strong historical understanding of the subject matter, draw from real examples (e.g., how you feel about a film is not of interest -- what you know about it and its predecessors and contemporaries, however, is critical) and be written in an erudite yet entertaining magazine-style manner for our savvy readership.

We highly recommend you run your article through Grammarly before submitting: https://app.grammarly.com. It's free, it's safe, and it's well-tuned to online publishing. It won't help you with your thesis statement - it is but a guide - but it will catch run-on sentences and other frequently encountered errors.

For examples of the diversity of topics and range of approaches we welcome, please look at PopMatters features archives.

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