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COMPOST Issue 03 - Call for Pitches!
Published on October 7, 2022 by Mai Ishikawa Sutton

Hello there,

We have launched our call for pitches for COMPOST Issue 03

I’m reaching out to ask if you could share this CFP across your networks — to forward this email to those you think would be interested, or retweet or retoot us on Twitter and Mastodon. Of course we’d be happy to see a pitch from you as well! All the details are at the bottom of this email.

ALSO, I'll be hosting office hours about the Issue 03 CFP if you or anyone you know wants to learn more about it.

Tuesday 11 October 2022
15:00 - 16:00 UTC 
08:00 - 09:00 AM Los Angeles / Pacific Time 
11:00 - 12:00 PM New York / Eastern Time 
12:00 - 1:00 PM Buenos Aires / Sao Paolo 
05:00 - 06:00 PM Berlin / CET 
08:30 - 09:30 PM Bangalore

Meeting link (Big Blue Button):

Thanks, and hope you are all staying well.  ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ


*~*~ COMPOST ISSUE 03 Call for Proposals ~*~*

Our theme for our third issue is Water Bodies and the deadline to submit a pitch is 19 OCTOBER 2022, end of day wherever you are. 

Here is the description of the theme: 

This page is brought to you by a million liters of water. Sourced from lakes, rivers, and oceans, it cools the data centers that store these bits you see. It’s boiled into steam, turns turbines for the electricity that powers your device, the router it connects to, and every whirring, beating part of the network that brings you these words. Meanwhile, droughts, contamination, and rising sea levels continue to creep us towards a boiling point of human and non-human suffering. Only through crises are we pressed to reckon with our negligent stewardship of this element of life.

For Issue 03, we are searching for the material in our networks. The water in the cloud. The way our relationship with all earthly offerings is reflected in the webs we are building.

We are interested in creative and critical pieces that explore:

* Water as an intrinsic component to digital technology and network infrastructure.
* Histories of waterways as networks of trade, communication, and sites of ritual.
* Community resilience and organizing in the face of mismanaged water systems.
* Inherited legacies of how our ancestors stewarded and cared for bodies of water.
* A focus on water as a means to process our impact on this planet and each other.

In our third issue, we want to acknowledge ourselves as, and our relationships with, water bodies.

We are looking for works that are approachable, intimate, and grounded in experience. We encourage contributors to examine the Web from a place of abundance, to reflect on the projects, communities, technologies, protocols, and networks that enable authentic and trustful connections.


COMPOST is a magazine about the digital commons. We approach the publication as a process to metabolize and renew our relationships with the Web, to imagine and build interdependent, equitable, and solidarity-based systems of communication and knowledge sharing.

This magazine is a pilot of Distributed Press, an open source publishing tool for the World Wide Web and Decentralized Web. The overall mission of Distributed Press is to build digital publishing infrastructure that is managed collectively and horizontally, where participatory governance creates the feedback loops necessary to respond to the evolving needs of authors and readers. 


* $300 USD flat for participation in development of this project.
* $100 ~ $600 USD for creative works.

As a contributor to COMPOST, you will also participate in strategic decision making and share in the financial success of the magazine. In addition to the time you devote to creating your piece, we ask you to commit another (roughly) six hours to COMPOST before we launch. We will compensate you for this time. 


Please get in touch at for any questions or concerns. We are happy to hear from you