The creative process doesn't stop once you turn the final page.
Artists are very pensive people. At Postmortem Mag, we believe that if you are an artist, you are never finished. Even if you finish a creation and then move on to the next project, that last one can linger. Just because you close the book on one aspect of your life doesn't mean it's actually over. We want to explore that, provide a platform for people to reflect on their past works, figure out how that experience shaped them, what they've learned, and what advice they can give to those looking into similar pursuits. Because everyone already knows how you got there, but nobody tells the story of where you're going.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a postmortem?
Wikipedia describes a "project postmortem" as "a process, usually performed at the conclusion of a project, to determine and analyze elements of the project that were successful or unsuccessful." While this is usually very technical, postmortems can also be very enlightening, revealing the story behind the story and the thought process of the creator. Stories are almost never just a "beginning, middle and end." There can also be an aftermath, an epilogue, footnotes, anything. As long as it allows the writer to think more closely about their works.
What kind of submissions are you looking for?
We know that postmortems don't necessarily have to be a personal, technical essays and they're not restricted to certain genres and mediums. We encourage personal essays, but also interviews with creators, and non-writing that falls within the theme.
Currently we're looking for unpublished submissions for a website prelaunch, including interviews, personal essays, art, photography, video, and more. As long as it relates to the theme, we will consider it.
Postmortem Mag, overall, wants to tell stories. We want pieces that are the result of reflection, about where you are going. Think of the term “postmortem,” how it relates to a report after the fact, and what kind of story it could tell.
Do you pay?
Yes! Our Patreon is now funded so that we can publish quarterly. All contributors will receive $50 for their submissions. We hope that the Patreon will continue to be funded so that amount could go up in the future.
How do I submit?