Submission guidelines and current calls for submissions

About Open: Journal of Arts & Letters

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters is a privately-owned publication that offers a range of contemporary aesthetic experiences made available through several media platforms. Open: Journal of Arts & Letters has as its primary ambition to gather, publish, and popularize notable contemporary writing and other fine arts and to promote the work of its contributors to a varied and discerning audience in the English-speaking world and beyond. Open: Journal of Arts & Letters offers its audience the opportunity to sample an array of artistic expressions presented in several media by both emerging and established contemporary artists, writers, musicians, and videographers from around the world. 

What to Submit: 

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of previously unpublished original work in flash fiction, creative nonfiction as essay or memoir, poetry in all styles and genres, as well as submissions of prose, poetry, and drama as audio or video files.  Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will also consider queries for appropriate academic articles, long fiction suitable for serial publication, craft essays, book reviews, art/gallery reviews, music reviews, arts collaborations, and interviews with artists, musicians, photographers, poets, videographers, writers, and others.  

How to Submit: 

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will accept submissions only through an electronic Submissions Manager. Send submissions for the categories listed or send an entry to any specific Contest. Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, and .flv.

Rights and Permissions:

As a condition of publication, O:JA&L reserves for previously unpublished work First North American Rights and one-time worldwide Internet rights. O:JA&L also reserves the right to permanently archive work(s) online and to consider it/them for a print anthology release. Thirty (30) days following publication, all other rights revert to the artist/writer. In the event new work(s) first appearing in O:JA&L  is/are reprinted elsewhere, O:JA&L should be credited as the first publisher.

Cover Letters: 

Submitters should include a short cover letter that references the submitter’s background, experience, artistic influences, and important publications and awards.

Submissions Formatting: 

All submissions (including captions for images) should be set in 12-point Garamond type and should be formatted with one-inch margins and sequentially numbered pages (page numbers to appear as footers). Fiction and nonfiction should be double-spaced. Poetry, including prose poetry, should be single-spaced. The submitter’s name, address, telephone number, and email address should appear at the top of the first page. Subsequent pages should use the author’s name and email address as a header. Submitters should include a formal third-person biographical note (up to 50 words) for publication in the “Artists Index.” Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, and .flv.

Reading Periods:  

Submissions may be sent at any time, year-round.

Simultaneous Submissions: 

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters accepts simultaneous submissions. Submitters should immediately notify Open: Journal of Arts & Letters  through the Activity feature of the submission system if work under consideration by Open: Journal of Arts & Letters is accepted elsewhere. 

Response Times: 

Response times vary from one to twelve weeks.

Submissions Fees: 

The structure of fees payable to Submittable by publications using Submittable services makes it necessary for Open: Journal of Arts & Letters to require a nominal submission fee of three dollars (3 USD) for all submissions in all categories unless otherwise noted. Periodically at least one category will be opened to fee-free submissions. Open: Journal of Arts & Letters is a magazine with the ambition of popularizing good literary and artistic work. Open: Journal of Arts & Letters desires to connect our audience members to our artists. Open: Journal of Arts & Letters is committed to publishing debut and emerging writers and artists as well as those already established.

EXPEDITED EVALUATION OPTION: Expedited evaluation of unsolicited submissions is available for a fee of $5 USD. Expedited evaluation guarantees a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. Please note that O:JA&L publishes 1% of unsolicited submissions.

Payments to submitters: 

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters is strongly committed to promoting our artists’ works and maintains a varied, sustained, and powerful social media program to serve that end. At present, Open: Journal of Arts & Letters offers no payment to contributors.

Header art: No Man's Land 3, oil painting by Bernard Dumaine, 2002 licensed under: Free Art License: http://artlibre.org/licence/lal/en/

FEE-FREE Category: Haibun

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will accept fee-free submissions of haibun. This is limited to the first 50 submissions, after which submissions will close. Submissions may contain up to five poems with a total word count, including titles, of no more than 3000 words. The word count for each piece should be included in a cover letter. The poems should be contained in a single file. The submission should give a strong sense of the poet’s style and range. Haibun, tanka prose, and prose poetry should all be submitted in this category. Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx.

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available (see fee option below). Payment of this fee guarantees a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. Please note that we accept 1% of unsolicited submissions for publication. 

STUDIO ARTS: Fine Art Photography

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters accepts images of fine art in printmaking and lithography. Images in a submission must be contained in a single file or made available through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. Images should be submitted in low resolution; however, upon acceptance, images must be provided with a resolution of at least 300 dpi or greater, and as a .tiff or .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Submit images of at least six separate works of fine art. Submit at least 6 but no more than 10 images in total.

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee guarantees a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. Please note that we accept 1% of unsolicited submissions for publication.

$3.00
STUDIO ARTS: Digital Art

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters accepts images of fine art in digital art. Images in a submission must be contained in a single file or made available through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. Images should be submitted as jpeg or tiff in low resolution; however, upon acceptance, images must be provided with a resolution of at least 300 dpi or greater, and as a .tiff or .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Submit images of at least six separate works of fine art. Submit at least 6 but no more than 10 images in total.

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee guarantees a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. Please note that we accept 1% of unsolicited submissions for publication.

$3.00

STUDIO ARTS: Mixed Media

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters accepts images of fine art in mixed media. Images in a submission must be contained in a single file or made available through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. Images should be submitted in low resolution jpeg or tiff; however, upon acceptance, images must be provided with a resolution of at least 300 dpi or greater, and as a .tiff or .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Submit images of at least six separate works of fine art. Submit at least 6 but no more than 10 images in total.

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee guarantees a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. Please note that we accept 1% of unsolicited submissions for publication.

STUDIO ARTS: Sculpture and Installations

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters accepts images of fine art in sculpture and installations. Images in a submission must be contained in a single file or made available through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. Images should be submitted in low resolution; however, upon acceptance, images must be provided with a resolution of at least 300 dpi or greater, and as a .tiff or .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Submit images of at least six separate works of fine art. Submit at least 6 but no more than 10 images in total.

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee guarantees a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. Please note that we accept 1% of unsolicited submissions for publication.

STUDIO ARTS: Printmaking and Lithography

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters accepts images of fine art in printmaking and lithography. Images in a submission must be contained in a single file or made available through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. Images should be submitted in low resolution; however, upon acceptance, images must be provided with a resolution of at least 300 dpi or greater, and as a .tiff or .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Submit images of at least six separate works of fine art. Submit at least 6 but no more than 10 images in total. 

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee guarantees a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. Please note that we accept 1% of unsolicited submissions for publication.

STUDIO ARTS: Painting and Drawing  

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters accepts images of fine art in all drawing and painting media. Images in a submission must be contained in a single file or made available through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. Images should be submitted in low resolution; however, upon acceptance, images must be provided with a resolution of at least 300 dpi or greater, and as a .tiff or .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Submit images of at least six separate works of fine art. Submit at least 6 but no more than 10 images in total. 

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available (see fee option below). Payment of this fee requires a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. Please note that O:JA&L accepts less than 1% of unsolicited submissions for publication.

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider flash fiction and short fiction, and creative nonfiction as essay or memoir. Submissions may contain up to three pieces, no piece containing more than 1,000 words, counting its title. Each title should begin a new page. All titles in a submissions should be contained in a single file.  Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, and .flv.

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee guarantees a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. Please note that we accept 1% of unsolicited submissions for publication.

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of poetry in all forms, styles, and genres. Submissions may contain up to five poems with a total word count, including titles, of no more than 3000 words. The word count for each piece should be included in a cover letter. The poems should be contained in a single file. The submission should give a strong sense of the poet’s style and range. Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, and .flv.

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available (see fee option below). Payment of this fee guarantees a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. Please note that we accept 1% of unsolicited submissions for publication.