We’re looking for an artist with a retro sense of style for an upcoming poetry book that looks back at the ’80s. The decade of synth-pop and big hair has a lot to be nostalgic about, but one of our favorite things was the birth of MTV. We’re looking for illustrations with a graphic feeling that evoke the bold lines of the era, the street art of Keith Haring, and the design trends of the Memphis style. But the work should be uniquely yours.

What you depict is up to you, but, as a jumping-off point, we suggest illustrating a selection of 80’s objects, such as:

cassette tapes, boomboxes, Walkmen, TV’s, cans of Aquanet, rotary telephones, Rolodexes, video game controllers, VHS tapes, camcorders, high-top sneakers, wristwatches, calculators, floppy disks, Rubik’s cubes, Miami Vice-inspired fashion, the space shuttle, library card catalogs, fanny packs, dot matrix printers, and anything else that might feel at home in a music video from the early days of MTV

If you really want to get our attention, figure out how to depict the above while evoking an ironic sense of dystopia. The ’80s, after all, had its share of tragedy, such as the AIDS crisis, the Challenger’s explosion, the Chernobyl meltdown, and the Tiananmen Square protests. For as we wax nostalgic, we can’t forget the era had its own share of turmoil whose effects still linger.

Whatever you depict, be creative! But do not reference real-life bands, celebrities, logos, or movies. Rely on your artistic skills to evoke a sense of nostalgia, not the name recognition of famous brands.

You can use either black and white or color as well as your medium of choice (digital, hand-drawn, or other something else). Do note that the book will be 5.5″ x 8.5″. If your images fill the page, your work should either be at that aspect ratio or be on a transparent/white background, so it will look good printed on a page with blank space around it.

Please submit 10 images in JPG format at 1,500 pixels on the longest side. You must be able to provide high-resolution copies if accepted for publication. As an indie press, we are not able to provide monetary compensation. Still, we will give you a complimentary copy of the poetry book in print upon publication, as well as a discount to purchase additional copies if you wish.

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