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The Pluralist Open call! Fake / real

Fake / real


The words ‘fake’ and ‘real’ carry so much weight, but what do we actually mean by them? We’re more obsessed with ‘authenticity’ than ever before, whilst we’re tasked with trying to make sense of a news landscape often described as ‘fake’. What makes a ‘fake’, and does the ‘real’ even hold gravitas in a world in which legitimacy is more elusive than ever before?


We have been thinking about….

  • Hyperreality 

  • Reality TV

  • Hoaxes

  • Cloning and 3D printing 

  • Virtual Reality 

  • Replication

  • True crime

  • Artistic ‘Fakes’

  • Deep fakes

  • Fake tan and fake handbags...


The Pluralist asks for your submissions on the themes of ‘real’ and ‘fake’ — we are looking for your poems, essays, stories, letters, digital art, illustrations, photography, and more...

Or if you’d like to pitch to us with an idea for a column or a piece of work email us at

The deadline is Tuesday 21st April