Context is an independent magazine. The upcoming issue will be the publication’s first but once it is published it will be available to order via our shop.

What we cover

Context is a publication that covers the history of art and design. The definition of such is broad, so while we may carry an article about early modernism we’ll also take in pieces on the history of animation or the philosophy of video games. The way we define art and design as a society is ever-changing and diverse, so if you’re not sure if your piece is suitable: a) it probably is, and b) get in touch and ask us.


Submissions are open for Issue 2.

Ideally, we’re looking for pieces around 2,000 words. Longer articles may be considered, but will only be accepted by agreement with the editor. We prefer that articles be presented with suggested section headings already in place and while a list of sources used to research your article is not strictly required as part of the submission, you should keep track of sources and be prepared to submit them on request from the editor. We do not employ footnotes. All work will be edited to some degree.

We only accept email submissions. Send all submissions and queries to with “Article Query” and the title of your piece in the subject line. We ask that you submit as a .doc or .docx or similar (Open Office), not as a .rtf or .pdf. Please include an author biography (20-30 words maximum) at the end of your document.

What to include in your submission

  • Author name as you wish it to appear in the magazine.

  • Author biography (20-30 word maximum).

  • Any images or illustrations you would like to include with the piece, including suggested captions (clearly referencing the image filename) and credit/permission information, where/who each image was obtained from, and if copyright-free (i.e. in the public domain). See below for more information on images.

Pictures are a very important component of an article. We encourage sending as many images as you feel would be necessary, but remember: we reserve he right to use only the images we feel will fit the layout and page count that we need for the issue. Regarding copyright, the illustration must be either copyright free or you have obtained written permission from the copyright holder (this can be an individual, or an organisation such as a website, museum, archive etc.). We do appreciate authors recommending illustration ideas so we can narrow our picture research. Please ensure that any images or illustrations you send are 300 dpi.

Feature Ideas
As a developing magazine, we are always happy to hear new ideas for features and pieces. If you want to write for Context but don’t feel a feature essay is right for you, perhaps a shorter piece or a review might be more suitable, perhaps you can examine the etymology of a term we use but are maybe unaware of its origin, maybe a profile of a typeface or a single painting. If you have ideas of something you want to pursue but you’re not sure whether its length or content are suitable for Context, get in touch and ask.

We are always on the lookout for art and illustration, both for covers and for use throughout the magazine. If you wish to submit an art piece, please send the image(s) as attachments, along with a short introductory email, to