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Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” 

- Confucius

Maybe Confucius was only half right about the two graves thing. Sometimes revenge results badly, but maybe other times an act of revenge can be most definitely sweet. What are the perils and iterations of revenge? Here are some prompts.

  • Gender: What or who constitutes when revenge is sweet or when it’s a crime?

  • Screens: Revenge has become not only an act of retribution, a lens for reality TV with delicious hooks for plotlines. So why do we watch?

  • Pretty Little Liars, 13 Reasons Why, Sweet/Viscious

  • News Media: What does revenge have to do with rising documentaries about wrongful persecutions like the Central Park Five? Or the way mainstream media glorifies Black forgiveness instead of social justice, like the Charleston community after the AME church murders?

  • Sexual Violence: Expand perspective of “revenge” when rape survivors out their perpetrators and seek retribution in other ways outside the legal system.

  • Icons: What do we gain from famous celebrities rivalry and volleys? (Nikki Minaj and Remy Ma, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry)

  • The inverse: What are the stories of redemption via revenge?

  • Sequels: When the story continues, what comes after revenge was attained or not?

  • Revenge in art: Lemonade and 4:44

  • Tech: Revenge porn

  • Revenge of the Contemporary Nerds: It’s not just geeky white guys. Girls of color, librarians, science wizards, bibliophiles and academics are an essential part of pop culture.

  • Obama backlash. Is this the political revenge slap of the white majority?

  • Revenge as justice/ revenge as religious right/belief

  • Who was the first villain you rooted for?

  • Engendered coding of “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” vs. the normalization of men’s aggression

Key words/phrases:

vengeance, judgement, death, betrayal, reparations, power, blood, closure, avenge, villains, vindication, bully, liberation


We are looking for writers who bring sharp, incisive analysis to the page and are able to situate their personal perspective in relation to the larger subject matter at hand. In addition to your pitch you will be required to submit a short 75 word statement on your relationship to REVENGE. How does your personal identity and experience influence your writing and perspective on this theme? This is not a public bio but rather a statement on the project you intend to pursue within this larger theme. Our editors will consider this statement alongside your pitch as part of our selection process.

We currently are accepting specific pitches for two different comics / art opportunities for the REVENGE issue.

Adventures in Feministory is our back page in each issue of the magazine. In this piece, we pay homage to a feminist figure worthy of a whole lotta recognition and love, either through a one-page comic or a full-page, illustrated and annotated portrait with text incorporated into the design. We aim to highlight people who may not have received the attention they deserve, so dig deep! Past "Adventure in Feministory" heroines include revolutionary journalist Eugenia Apostol, labor organizer Lucy Gonzalez Parsons, and Dr. Mae Jemison. Pitches for this specific feature should be tied to the theme of "devotion," however loosely, and would be developed in conjunction with our art director.

Drawn Out was started in 2017 as an opportunity to give comics artists and cartoonists room to respond to the theme of each issue in a way that highlights their individual voice and perspective. As with our editorial features, this comic should tackle a specific angle related to the theme of the issue through a feminist lens. The page can be designed in panels like a traditional comic, or as full-page piece of art. Past examples of Drawn Out have included a take on how online community is being cultivated in youth culture (the Kids These Days issue), advice on money from feminist finance gurus (the Money issue), and an exploration of the cultural impact of America's trending avocado obsession (the Facts issue).

Keep in mind the intersection of feminism, pop culture, and the theme "revenge" when drafting a relevant comics / independent art pitch for the Revenge issue.

The theme:

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” 

- Confucius

Maybe Confucius was only half right about the two graves thing. Sometimes an act of revenge ends badly, but an act of vindication can feel distinctively sweet. What are the perils and possibilities within revenge?

Keywords for "REVENGE":
vengeance, judgement, death, betrayal, reparations, power, blood, closure, avenge, villains, vindication, bully, liberation

Some prompts to get you started:

  • What or who constitutes when revenge is sweet or when it’s a crime?
  • Consider the gendered coding of “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” vs. the normalization of men’s aggression.
  • What about the way mainstream media glorifies Black forgiveness instead of social justice, like the Charleston community after the AME church murders?
  • How does our perspective on revenge expand when survivors of sexual violence seek out retribution against their perpetrators outside the legal system?
  • What about revenge in art (like in Lemonade and 4:44)?
  • How about revenge of the contemporary nerds? It’s not just geeky white guys. Girls of color, librarians, science wizards, bibliophiles and academics are an essential part of pop culture.
  • Who was the first villain you rooted for?
  • What are the stories of redemption via revenge?

Payment for either piece is $250.


To pitch, please submit the following: 

  • A brief summary of the topic and angle you would like to pursue (can include 1-3 different people to feature for Adventures in Feministory, and why they would be interesting to Bitch readers), how your idea relates to the theme of Revenge, and anything else you'd like us to know about your work.
  • A short, 75-word statement on your relationship to this submission. How does your personal identity and experience influence your perspective on Revenge and the angle you intend to pursue within it? This is not a public biography, but rather a statement on the project you intend to pursue within our larger theme.
  • A link to your portfolio and/or relevant work samples.
We will consider your visual work/comics, your specific pitch, and your statement side-by-side as part of our selection process.