iiii Magazine is an independent arts and culture publication, based in London and Manchester. We talk about culture in the sense suggested by Francis Bacon, when he said of intellectual enrichment: 'the culture and manurance of minds’. Our approach to culture is the same: that something bright and engaging may be derived from detritus. We love cultural ephemera in particular, and despite Bacon’s near-perfect turn of phrase, it is the position of the magazine that it is not sufficient. We publish articles that stretch our assumptions of what culture can be, so long as they are forged with originality.
We place no limits on subject matter or form — we have published incisive criticism, personal essays and memoirs, humour pieces and odes to oddities — but we take as a guiding principle this from Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman (1967):
‘Always ask any questions that are to be asked […] Turn everything you hear to your own advantage. Always carry a repair outfit. Take left turns as much as possible. Never apply your front brake first’.
Work With Us
iiii Magazine is a non-profit organisation, and our modest team of editors, reporters, and social scribes work on a voluntary basis. We do have plans to address this in the future. As it is we are looking for a creative, driven individual to join the team, to help shape future editions. If you would like to work for iiii Magazine, do send a CV and a cover letter outlining the sort of role you would like to take to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to get back to you quickly.
As well as publishing submissions on close to anything all year round, we will publish a number of articles on set themes. Find the forthcoming editions listed below.
- Close-Up (Submission Deadline: 18 May)
- Kits and Colours (Submission Deadline: 18 October)
- Slang (Submission Deadline: 18 February)
Articles could be of any length up to 5,000 words. A regular feature of iiii Magazine is ‘The 500’ — in which a writer may write about anything that inspires / disgusts / amuses / titillates them in 500 words. We have found the need to be precise and terse a fruitful exercise for writers.
Please send a query or an extract from your text to email@example.com with SUBMISSION in the subject line. Work should be previously unpublished; but we will consider work under consideration elsewhere if you let us know. We are run by a team of volunteers, and thus we are unfortunately not yet in a position to offer a fee.
Please provide a short author’s bio-line which will be published under your piece. 'Algenon Overling is a fictional writer based in 12th Century Denmark. He likes to relax with his kestrel and his crossbow. Good with kids’.
Please defer to the short style guide. It not only saves on editorial nit-picking, but illustrates commitment to the publication.
- Oxford commas, yes. In lists of three or more things, include a comma between the final two, before the ‘and’ (Manchester, Leeds, and London).
- Titles of books, films, exhibitions italicised. Titles of artworks ‘Like This’ (2018).
- One space after full-stops. Always.
- ‘Use single quotation marks “except for quotes within quotes” at all times’.
- Include spaces before and after em-dashes. (I wouldn’t — but for in unlikely circumstances — consider a teacake).
- Dates: 5 May 2016 / Decades: 1980s.
- Special formatting requirements are difficult to manage on an optimised website, but we will always try to meet a writer’s needs.
combines the room
a shaft as yellow
as the memory of yellow,
a memory of light without context
desire spasms to stars
to wake to the smell of his skin & not recall
or my own
in the twisted trees
a wink of wings
absconding the body
to think well
or not at all
eyes on mind
in the contours
of my consciousness
What is it
no need for
I breathe the length of a slow bow.
The tension of metal,
the friction between
One long stroke
to the blue hour
I try to recall something
it is they who are sighing,
I believe it
the blade of your cheek
smiles to the wind
I think his eyes were open.
reading your words with my body
(they are able to part and open, fold and denude)
If you kiss the idea of me, I’ll still feel it
(sinew and fluid)
(closing is as much as opening)
It gives a pretext for travel,
/ to run
(so the difficult vanishes)
(you’re dividing a limited quantity)
/ to See.