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 conceptual core and a novel thesis or argument.
Please email email@example.com if you have 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 newly prominent feelings, pathologies, fantasies, etc., inspired or enabled by digital media
Home Icons: A cultural history of a domestic object, 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; 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 nevertheless gives us a way to understand it
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!