MQR Mixtape is currently accepting submissions for MQR Mixtape: Work, an issue guest edited by Urvi Kumbhat.

Submission deadline: May 15, 2023.

In Bullshit Jobs: A Theory, David Graeber writes, “We have become a civilization based on work—not even ‘productive work’ but work as an end and meaning in itself.” Our world is structured around the capitalist injunction to work, and this work yields increasingly disparate and unequal rewards. In our precarious circumstances, the demands of work leak into our rest, our pleasure, our joy. For this issue, MQR Mixtape seeks creative work that reckons with and undermines our racial capitalist hellscape, work that recasts and interrogates the everyday alienation of labour. We’re particularly interested in writing and art that centers labor that is often devalued, dismissed, or simply not recognized as work—raising children, caregiving, sex work, domestic work—and traces the intersections between capital, art, and other hegemonic forces.

Send your anti-capitalist manifestos, your commodity fetishes, the poem you scribbled while on the clock, paintings of utopian futures, doodles of your boss. Send short fiction, poetry, essays, visual art, comics, videos, and anything in between.

For this particular issue, please submit: 

  • Poetry: 1–5 pages
  • Prose: up to 3,750

Only previously unpublished work will be considered. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted by another publication. Please send only one submission per window; subsequent submissions will be rejected automatically. 

Click here to submit to MQR Mixtape: Work.

Urvi Kumbhat received an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program, where she is currently a Zell Fellow. Her work has appeared in Protean MagazineApogee, Lit Hub, The Margins, and other publications. She grew up in Calcutta.