Pocket Essays Submission

Open Submissions

Pocket Book Vol. 2 - How Photographers Make Work

No two photographers create work in the same way. Robert Frank drove around America. Alec Soth makes lists. Jacob Holdt hitch-hiked. Doug Rickard found America through Google.

We are interested in how different photographers make work. Photographers and writers are invited to submit proposals that explore the creative process. Essays can be written by photographers about their own work, or by a writer looking at another photographers’ processes.  

Proposal Deadline: February 26, 2017

Vol. 2 Submission Link: Submit Here (150 words)

Accepted essays will be expected to be 1,000 - 2,000 words in length 

Curated by Kyler Zeleny in conjunction with The Velvet Cell

 

Pocket Book Vol. 3 - The Great American ‘Road’ Trip

The road trip is a cornerstone of American culture. The road has come to embody freedom, raw inquiry, renewal and (re)invention. And, while the history of the road trip has long been documented in literature and through film, a proper dialogue on the road trip as a distinct photographic genre is still quite undeveloped. 

We invite proposals that explore the influence that the road has had on photography and, in turn, how photography has influenced perceptions of the road trip. We invite writers and photographers to play creatively with the idea of the American Road Trip. The road trip does not need to be about America or even the road. 

Proposal Deadline: February 26, 2017

Vol. 3 Submission Link: Submit Here (150 words)

Accepted essays will be expected to be 1,000 - 2,000 words in length.  

Curated by Kyler Zeleny in conjunction with The Velvet Cell.

 

About the Series

The Pocketbook Series is a creative initiative that asks established and emerging writers to contribute their thoughts on a contemporary theme. Each pocketbook focuses on a topic related directly to photography. Each essay must be thought provoking and further the discussion around the theme. The ideal essay is one that blends the popular and critical aspects of photography into one coherent text.

The long-term goal of the initiative is to help foster a community of engaged and likeminded individuals who have a passion for creative and critical written work that expands our understanding of photography. The Pocketbook Series aims to do this while also being accessible, both in terms of the content and writing style but also through its size and price.