This opportunity is currently not accepting new entries. Keep an eye on this page for the next commissioning cycle.

If you are an artist, photographer, writer, or creative based in the Midwest or making work about the region, please check out the open call for Fields, no.1, with a deadline of February 29, 2024.


Dovetail is commissioning two original stories for January.

Deadline: December 17, 2023, end of day (local time). Please use the form below to submit your pitch.

Pitches must somehow address connections between visual art and place. This can mean many things, and you’re encouraged to take a look around the site to get a sense of the range of things we like to cover. Stories that highlight diverse perspectives and identities, especially BIPOC, Native, and rural voices, are especially encouraged.

  • Stories should be approx. 500-750 words
  • Each writer is compensated USD$300 upon completion of the story
  • Articles will be published in mid- to late January and/or early February

You may also use this form if you are interested in submitting an original photo essay or proposal for an in-depth interview. At this time, Dovetail does not commission creative writing or stories about your own visual art. (If you would like to submit your artwork for consideration, please visit the share your work page.)

Dovetail typically does not cover NFTs, AI-generated art, or mass-produced items for sale. We love anything that is handmade, tie-ins with nature and the world around us, tie-ins with other creative endeavors, experimentation, alternative education and display, residencies and reasons to travel, artist-run culture, and more.

We love personal interpretations and writing based on your experiences. We also focus on informative articles that offer unique insights into artists’ practices, projects, or locations, so we don’t typically feature formal exhibition reviews or criticism. That said, we’re happy to use an exhibition or timely project as a jumping-off point for more in-depth exploration of an artist’s work or ideas.

There is no additional email confirmation after submitting this form. Pitches will only be reviewed if submitted via this form (please don’t email pitches, but feel free to send any questions to You will receive an email with a decision, either way, in late December.

Commissions are possible thanks to the generous support of subscribers to Dovetail’s sibling project, Young Space. Thank you!