VAGABONDS is a series of radical pamphlets to fan the flames of discontent edited by Max Haiven and published by Pluto Press. At between 18,000-22,000 words VAGABONDS hosts provocative thinking and writing at the intersection of art, activism and ideas.
We are seeking proposals for pamphlets that:
- Urgently need to be in the hands of today’s radicals and revolutionaries
- Substantially challenge conventional understandings and approaches
- Move us beyond activist infighting, academic navel-gazing and art-world blather
VAGABONDS publishes both established and emerging writers no matter how they are employed.
We especially invite pitches from people who have been the targets of systemic oppression, including on the basis of race, gender, citizenship, ability and colonialism.
Our recent publications
Pandemonium: Proliferating Borders of Capitalism and the Pandemic Swerve
by Angela Mitropoulos
A bold, urgent theorization of the covid-19 pandemic and its origins in capitalism, colonialism and patriarchy).
The Hologram: Feminist Peer-to-Peer Health for a Post-Pandemic Future
by Cassie Thornton
A guide to practicing a new mutual aid protocol, based on the example of Greece’s Solidarity Clinics.
We are ‘Nature’ Defending Itself: Entangling Art, Activism and Autonomous Zones
by Isabel Fremeaux and Jay Jordan
The story of how two art activists fled the metropolis and became part of the struggle for the ZAD: a radical autonomous zone in Western France that fought back and won.
Published in collaboration with the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest
Palm Oil: The Grease of Empire
by Max Haiven
A theorization of capitalism as a system of human sacrifice, told through a wide-ranging story of a global commodity now found in half of products sold in supermarkets.
Coming in April 2022
On Cuddling: Loved to Death in the Racial Embrace
by Phanuel Antwi
A haunting poetic and theoretical account of how Blackness is targeted for both suffocating infatuation and suffocating violence in a white supreamcist world.
Coming in April 2022
What we’re (not) looking for
VAGABONDS is open to writing from those entangled with academia, the arts and/or struggles for collective liberation.
We publish eclectic work, from a wide diversity of approaches, that is:
✅ RADICAL in theme, tone and spirit,
✅ RIGOROUS in presentation, argumentation and approach, and
✅ RESONANT with a diversity of thoughtful, curious and radical readers and in dialogue with the great struggles of our times.
We are not interested in
❌ partisan polemics and takedowns,
❌ purely academic or theoretical arguments
❌ edited collections (though we do encourage cohesive works by multiple authors).
❌ proposals from writers who have clearly not bothered to learn about our project.
We encourage the incorporation of creative and experimental expression in many forms but the series aims primarily to present bold ideas in pamphlet form. Usually, we can only publish in greyscale and our tall, thin format can present challenges for wishing to reprint images.
While we are not averse to texts that focus on particular places, VAGABONDS readership is global and so it should be clear why the topic matters to us all.
Authors who publish with VAGABONDS receive a $1,000 CAD stipend as well as royalties from sales. VAGABONDS also encourages and has limited resources to support experiments in hybrid publishing, where pamphlet releases are accompanied by multimedia materials (videos, podcasts, events).
How it works
If you are interested in pitching to VAGABONDS, please read the following summary of our process carefully. Writers should anticipate that the whole process will typically take at least 16 months, often longer, although in highly exceptional circumstances (where the subject matter is urgent) things can move a bit faster.
- Using the form here or below, give us a brief overview of who you are, what you’re thinking and how and when you’ll do it.
- If we think it works for us, we’ll invite you to complete a full proposal and a sample chapter.
- Proposals will be adjudicated by VAGABONDS’ editorial board
- Selected proposals will be passed on to Pluto Press for consideration, which may include sending it out to anonymous reviewers.
- Proposals selected by both the editorial board and Pluto will be offered a contract.
- The author(s) will work closely with VAGABONDS editor Max Haiven to develop the manuscript
- A completed draft of the manuscript will be sent out for VAGABONDS special peer review, culminating in a meeting between author(s), reviewers and the editor to help the author(s) revise the manuscript.
- The reviewed and revised manuscript is sent to Pluto Press for copyediting, proofreading and publication.
- The author(s) work with VAGABONDS on a unique release plan, involving multimedia.
Pitch to us
If you have questions, please email max [at] vagabonds.xyz
To pitch, please use this form: https://forms.gle/jei2FVCW7oL3K4Zc9