The editors of Real Life are always looking for thoughtful, individual, and original work about living with technology, especially as it intersects with culture, society, and politics. We’re commissioning essays with a strong conceptual core and a novel thesis or argument.
Please email email@example.com if you have a piece of writing or art in mind for this magazine. We pay $800 for longer features (1,500+ words) and $500 for shorter ones (around 1,000 words).
We also publish regular series, including:
New Feelings: On the “new” or newly prominent feelings, pathologies, etc. inspired or enabled by digital media.
Home Icons: A cultural history of an object found within the writer’s home, guided by a few questions: Where did this come from; under what material, social, and cultural conditions was it created; through what set of circumstances did it arrive in your possession or care; and how has its significance changed, or not, in the recent past?
Syllabus for the Internet: On a book (or body of work) written prior to the rise of the consumer internet, which now gives us a way to understand the web, or living online, as we know it today
Book Reviews: More essays than reviews; on books related, or relevant (as you see it) to technology
If you have an idea you think might work for us, get in touch!