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Hello TNI Contributors and Friends,

Our next issue is Bad Vibes!

Here are some keywords to inspire you:

men, the cops, action movies, Pinterest, peeping Toms, a bad trip, narcs, Jack Dorsey’s beard, bullies, vibrators, cruising, radiation, roommates, algorithms, afropessimism, Jordan Peele, summertime sadness, depression, wet blankets, women’s intuition, Co-Star, transference, earthquakes, flashbacks, surfers, BoJack Horseman, affect theory, autofiction, Joan Didion, passive-aggression, boundaries, milk, co-dependence, polyamory, poets, medical insurance, medicine, insurance, “cancel culture,” Zadie Smith, Drake, mixed-race discourse, ticks, tattoo removal, the Department of Justice, Game of Thrones, frenemies, nail-biting, magicians, lawyers, copy-cats, owls, Spike Lee, fathers, pests, Whole 30, biohacking, the shakes, union busters, your friend the rapist, Grimes, ugly feelings, cruel optimism, mindfulness, trust-building exercises, unrequited love, projection, emails, PETA, Pete Buttigieg, cults, consent, cathexis, exorcism, johns, landlords, white ladies, déjà vu

We’re seeking essays based on these themes or otherwise associated with “Bad Vibes” that would run around 1,500 to 3,000 words. Please forward this call to anyone you think would be interested.

Please send pitches to with the subject line “Bad Vibes” by the end of the day on May 27. We will respond to accepted pitches after that date. If you don’t hear from us by June 6, it means we have passed on the pitch.

We look forward to hearing from you!

We are always looking for sharp pitches on topics unrelated to our magazine issue. If you have an essay, pitch, or simply the germ of an idea for an essay or review, please write to convince us we should run it. If you don’t hear back from us within two weeks, please understand we are overwhelmed with the volume of submissions we get, and that we wish you luck placing it elsewhere.

For complete submission guidelines, see: TNI-Submissions-Guidelines-2017.pdf