The concept of the Handshake Media Project was born from founding editor Dan Duffy’s love for magazines that helped pioneer the trend of New Journalism back in the 1960s (The Atlantic, Esquire, Playboy, and Rolling Stone), and also from his obsession with more recent long-form interview publications like Stop Smiling and The Paris Review.
Each print issue of The Handshake contains one conversation between two artists, writers, comedians, or musicians; one interview with a cultural icon of sorts; one experimental essay; one short story by either a well-established or emerging author; and one road trip in photographs.
The Handshake Online contains all of the above, plus blog posts by the lovely and prolific Winter Goebel and other guest writers, and the Working video series and podcast, in which the Handshake Media team interviews the selfless and steadfast working class folks that make Chicago hum (in tribute to the great Studs Terkel).
Celebrity means nothing. Small talk is boring. Extend your hand.
Publisher: Handshake Media
Contributing Writers: Don De Grazia, Winter Goebel, Oliver Hunt, Lindsay Hunter, Rebecca Lyon, Ryan McCarthy, Shannon Morley Milliken, Dave O’Connor, Wyatt Robinette, Dmitry Samarov, Jacob Singer, Jake Wrenn
Web Design: Dan Duffy
Print Layout: John Steinkamp and Dan Duffy
Printing: United Graphics in Mattoon, IL
All photography Copyright 2012 Dan Duffy (unless otherwise noted).
All versions of the Handshake Logo Copyright 2012 Alise Barrett.
The Handshake is currently accepting submissions on a rolling basis. Upload interviews, conversations, experimental essays, and short stories right here in order to be considered for upcoming online and print issues. Before you do so, however, keep the following in mind:
The Handshake publishes conversations and interviews of 5,000 to 8,000 words.
The Handshake publishes experimental essays and short fiction of 2,000 to 5,000 words.
The Handshake publishes photographic essays of 36 to 48 photographs, each accompanied by a short narrative.
Conversations and interviews are self-explanatory, as is short fiction. It might be wondered, however, what we mean by “experimental essays.” We are not looking for a radically new and innovative style so much as a vibrant work of writing that is based on experience as opposed to authority or conjecture. In other words, go out and do something, then write about what you did in an interesting and provocative way.
The photographic essays we are looking for are to be shot on the road, either in transit or after arriving at a specific destination. Please do not pitch us an idea for 36 photographs of your mother’s shoe closet. Though that may very well make for an interesting and provocative essay, it does not belong in The Handshake.