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TNI’s second issue of 2015 will be on the topic of vibes.

Here are some ideas we hope inspire you:

feels, affects, aesthetics, trends, tumblr, vine, teens, squads, crews, production and appropriation of youth culture, normalization of social anxiety, Willow and Jaden Smith, your vibes vs world’s vibes, atomization of the zeitgeist, happiness, intuition, empathy, theremins, parties, extroversion/introversion, theories of the contemporary, collectives, event planning, psychic connections, “posi” and its variants (based, chill, etc.), earthquakes, wireless electricity, auras, and critical sketchiness studies.

We’re seeking essays from 1,500 to 3,000 words, and you would need to be able to turn in a draft no later than January 16th. If you have an idea for an interview or a short feature, we’re looking for that too.

For inclusion in this issue, please send pitches to submissions@thenewinquiry.com with the subject line “VIBES PITCH” by 5 pm on January 11th. We will respond to all accepted pitches after that date.

The third issue of 2015 will be on the theme of futures. For this issue, we’d like you to consider the following:

non-white futurisms AKA “futurisms”, Gulf futurism, why afrofuturism is so popular with white cultural critics, futurism as fascism, sci-fi, speed-ups, acceleration, tempo, prediction, no future, utopian visions, end of capitalism, liberation struggles, trend forecasting, “future anterior” in psychoanalysis, abolition, hope, the messianic, rapture, theories of time, time travel, Cassandra complex, early adopters, new tech, past visions of the future, prophesy, doomsday cults, preppers, salvage, space travel, and living on other planets.

For inclusion in this issue, please send pitches to submissions@thenewinquiry.com with the subject line “FUTURES PITCH” by 5 pm on January 30th. We will respond to all accepted pitches after that date.

In general, we welcome short- and long-form pieces from anyone who wants to write. We look for well-written, original posts on ideas, books, art, culture, and more. These posts may contain a fully-formed idea or merely the seed of one; they may be full essays or only a paragraph. We do not accept fiction or poetry.

Send your pitch with writing samples or completed posts to:

submissions |at| thenewinquiry.com

Note: If you do not hear back from us in two weeks’ time, it’s safe to assume we have not chosen to run your submission and you are free to pitch it elsewhere.

For complete submission guidelines, read TNI’s Submission Guidelines.