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Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of previously unpublished original work in flash fiction, creative nonfiction as essay or memoir, poetry in all styles and genres, as well as submissions of prose, poetry, and drama as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As a condition of publication, O:JA&L reserves for previously unpublished work First North American Rights and one-time worldwide Internet rights.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. 

License to Publish:

The Contributor, or the authorized agent/agency who submits on behalf of the Contributor, in the act of submitting the Work to the Publisher for publication thereby agrees to grant to the Publisher a license to publish on its website or in its media vehicles the Work/s submitted to the Publisher by the Contributor, or by the authorized agent/agency who submits on behalf of the Contributor. It is understood by all parties that the submission of a Work to the Publisher is an offer to license the Publisher to publish the Work according to the terms and conditions of this agreement and that publication by the Publisher will be considered an acceptance of such an offer to publish.

The license granted by the Contributor who is a Writer, or the authorized agent/agency who submits on behalf of the Contributor, to the Publisher includes the following rights:

·      to publish and use in perpetuity the Work on the Publisher’s O:JA&L website;

·      to include the Work in perpetuity in the Publisher’s online archive of published Work;

·      and to reproduce, display, and distribute in perpetuity the Work in print or other medium on the condition that in any and every other use by the Publisher the Work is fully attributed to the Contributor and a link or links to the Contributor’s commercial sales site is included.

The Publisher shall retain an exclusive license to publish the Work for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of its first publication. After thirty (30) days, all rights except those specified above revert to the Contributor.

The license granted by the Contributor who is an Artist, or the authorized agent/agency who submits on behalf of the Contributor, to the Publisher includes the following rights:

·      to publish and use in perpetuity the Work on the Publisher’s O:JA&L website;

·      to include the Work in perpetuity in its online archive of published Work;

·      and to reproduce, place, display, and/or distribute in perpetuity the Work in print or other medium only on the condition that in any and every use by the Publisher, the Work is fully attributed to the Contributor and that links to all the Contributor’s commercial sales site/s is/are available and included in a caption.

The Publisher shall retain an exclusive license to publish the Work for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of its first publication. After thirty (30) days, all rights except those specified above revert to the Contributor. 

The licenses granted and representations made to the Publisher by the Contributor, or the authorized agent/agency who submits on behalf of the Contributor, will, however, continue for the term of any copyrights held by the Contributor.

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: 

Until further notice, all categories are open to "fee-free" submissions until the total of submissions reaches 100 for the month. After 100 submissions, 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 (for current exceptions, see above). At least one category will always be open 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/

  

Evaluation Service for Single Works of Prose

If you are a writer of flash fiction, short story, memoir, personal essay, or CNF, or if you are an artist with something important to say about your work, you may apply to take advantage of our evaluation and/or editing services for single works. 

Description of services:

Evaluation for prose will include a detailed analysis of craft, including (when appropriate) an appraisal of the work’s traditional or experimental system of organization; its pacing, backstory development and theme development; its use of selective detail, dialogue, and imagery; its management of atmosphere, mood and character development; its POV; its diction and rhetorical style; its narrative voice; and its total effect. Included as well will be a critique of its grammar, usage, phrasing, and sentence structure and dialogue. 

Also included will be advice on seeking publication for the work. 

Summary of fees for evaluation of single works:

Single works of prose: 

$15 (to 500 words)

$25 (501 to 1000 words) 

$40 (1001 to 3000 words)

$100 (3001 to 10,000 words)

Editing Services for Single Works of Prose

If you believe your work would benefit from professional editing, you may apply to take advantage of our editing services.

Description of Services: 

Editing services will include when appropriate, suggestions for substantive revisions in concept, form, organization, grammar, usage, diction, and phrase and sentence structure. 

MLA is O:JA&L’s default style sheet.

Summary of fees for editing of single works of prose:

Single works of prose: $10 per 1000 words
 

Prose Manuscript Evaluation and Editing Services

If you are a writer of flash fiction, short story, memoir, personal essay, or CNF, you may apply to take advantage of our MS evaluation and/or editing services for chapbooks and longer collections.

Description of Evaluation Services:

Evaluation for prose will include a detailed analysis of craft, including when appropriate, an appraisal, selection by selection, of each work’s traditional or experimental system of organization; its pacing, backstory development and theme development; its use of selective detail, dialogue, and imagery; its management of atmosphere, mood and character development; its POV; its diction and rhetorical style; its narrative voice; and its total effect. The collection as a whole will be assessed for its logical or topical ordering of contents, and its unity of impression. No fees accrue for title pages, tables of contents, maps, charts, notes, illustrations, glossaries, or acknowledgements pages, though these should be included with the manuscript.
 

Summary of Fees for Evaluation of Manuscripts 

MS evaluation fee for prose  

$40 USD for first 3000 words

$10 USD per 1000 words for balance of MS

Description of Editing Services and Summary of Fees:

MS editing services (MLA Style-sheet) will include when appropriate, suggestions for substantive revisions in concept, form, organization, grammar, usage, diction, and phrase and sentence structure.

Prose MS editing fee  

$40 USD for first 3000 words

$10 USD per 1000 words for balance of MS
 

Optional personal consultation 

Face-to-face consultation with your evaluator/editor (conducted via Facetime) is available. 

Minimum private consultation fee: $100 USD

Private consultation hourly rate: $100 (USD)/hour


Our Evaluator and Editor

Jeff Streeby IS O:JA&L’S Associate Editor For Poetry & Prose. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee and a nominee for Sundress Press' Best of the Net Anthology and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. He is an award-winning and frequently published mainstream poet whose work has appeared in over 40 literary journals in the US, the UK, Ireland, and Asia, including Contemporary Haibun Online, Haibun Today, Naugatuck River Review, Rattle, and Whiskey Island. His haibun “El Paso: July” was selected by Robert Olen Butler for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions 2015 from Queen’s Ferry Press. Streeby is a writing consultant for second-language academic writers working in English. He has over 30 years experience as a teacher of English language and literature at secondary and university levels.

See his "Recently Published Work" at https://www.jeffstreebyauthorizedsite.com/wile-sketches-from-nature.html

O:JA&L and BUTTONHOLE PRESS are accepting submissions of visual art from which to select a cover image for the November 2018 BP limited edition print/PDF chapbook. Showcase your talent by entering this exciting competition, brought to you by OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters, LLC.

What to Submit:

The first O:JA&L Competition seeks individual interpretations of the featured text (see “Chapbook Contents” below) expressed through a single image or a composite design.

 

Featured Text: The feature text for the art contest consists collectively of work by O:JA&L’s Pushcart nominees for 2018. Chapbook contents are:

·      http://ojalart.com/literary-arts/short-story-kent-dixons-something-else-about-mary/

·      http://ojalart.com/literary-arts/fiction/flash-fiction/flash-fiction-c-r-resetarits-ghost-lover/

·      http://ojalart.com/literary-arts/nonfiction/personal-essay/short-story-peter-brown-hoffmeisters-traumatic-brain-injury-sex-arrogant-mind/

·      http://ojalart.com/literary-arts/poetry/poetry-louise-robertsons-diminuendo-al-niente/

·      http://ojalart.com/literary-arts/haibun-paresh-tiwaris-rag-dolls/

 How to Submit

Contest Guidelines and Conditions:

·      Artists must enter online.

·      Entries must be submitted by or before 11:59 pm EST on August 1, 2018.

·      The entry fee for all contest submissions is $20.00 USD.

·      Entry fees may be paid through Submittable.

·      Entry fees are not refundable.

·      Submissions may come from both professional and emerging artists, illustrators, and graphic designers from anywhere in the world.*

·      Submissions are open to photography, painting, drawing, mixed media, and digital art.

·      To be eligible for the contest, all works must be original.

o   Compositions based on published material or other artists’ work are NOT considered original and are not eligible.

o   Paintings or other images executed in a workshop or classroom setting under another artist’s supervision are eligible, provided such information is provided upon entry.

o   Work previously published at the time of submission to this contest is not eligible.

·      All entries must be submitted as digital files through our Submissions Manager.

·      Digital files may contain only one image.

·      There is no limit to the number of entries an artist may submit. The entry fee of $20.00 USD is required for each submission.

o   Image requirements for entries 1: JPG files (Entrants should keep the file size under 5 MB to ensure proper uploading). The viewing screen & thumbnail which submitters will see during the entry process is for general reference only and does not reflect the image quality that will be viewed by screeners and judge. The file as attached by the entrant is exactly as it will appear to the evaluators.

o   Image requirements for entries 2: Every entrant should be prepared to be able to send a high-resolution print-quality replacement file should tthe entry be selected as the winner. For publication as O:JA&L’s print cover image, these files should be 300 dpi when saved at approximately 8×10 inches (ideally) and 5×7 inches at minimum.

·      Submissions will be screened by O:JA&L staff and the winner will be named by O:JA&L’s Art Director.

·      All valid submissions are eligible for publication in O:JA&L

·      Deadline for entry is August 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.

o   10 finalists will be named and notified by August 31, 2018.

o   The winner will be announced by September 15, 2018.

o   All entrants will individually receive through Submittable either a notice of acceptance for publication or a message declining publication.

o   All properly prepared entries will be viewed and judged.

o   The decisions of the screeners and the judge are final.

·      All proceeds from the Art Competition are used to promote our chapbook series.

·      Employees of O:JA&L and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.

·      Simultaneous submissions are accepted, provided this contest is immediately notified of acceptance/publication of the image elsewhere.

·      O:JA&L reserves the right to reject work that the screeners and the judge regard as unsuitable for publication or work that does not meet the published submissions guidelines or criteria.

 

*Due to SEC restrictions O:JA&L is unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, or North Korea.

 

 

 

STUDIO ARTS: Fine Art Photography

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters considers images of fine art photography. Images in a submission must be contained in a single file or made available through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. Images must be provided with a resolution of at least 72/96 dpi 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: 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 must be provided with a resolution of 72/96 dpi 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: 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 must be provided with a resolution of 72/96 dpi 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 must be provided with a resolution of 72/96 dpi 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 must be provided with a resolution of 72/96 dpi 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 must be provided with a resolution of 72/96 dpi 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 fee-free submissions of flash fiction and short fiction, and creative nonfiction as flash essay or memoir. This is limited to the first 50 submissions, after which limit is reached, submissions will close. Submissions may contain up to three pieces, no piece containing more than 1,000 words, counting its title, byline and any epigraph. Each title should begin a new page. All titles in a submission 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 short fiction, creative nonfiction, or memoir up to 7500 words. Submissions may contain one title with a total word count of no more than 7,500 words, counting its title, byline and any epigraph. 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.

Haibun

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will accept submissions of haibun. 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. 

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. 

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, or memoir as sequential art stories up to 25 pages in length. Submissions may contain a single title. Images must be provided with a resolution of 72/96 dpi and as a .tiff or .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Submissions should be submitted in a single file and must be in one of the following file formats: PNG, JPG, or GIF.

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 one-act dramas of up to 7,500 words whose impact can be experienced both on the page and in production. Submit a file with a word count of up to 7,500 words, including title, byline, dramatis personae, and stage direction.Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider plays that have been previously published but are out of print AND OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE ONLINE, plays that have been produced, and plays never before produced or published. 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 and Letters will consider submissions of screen plays as Feature Film script, Concept Video, or Series Pilot script. O:JA&L will nominate a qualified screen play for the BLUECAT awards in each category.

Format

All submissions should be in standard screenplay format, using Courier 12-point font.

·       Page size: 8-1/2 by 11 inches

·       Page margins: 1.5 inches (left), 1 inch (right, top, bottom)

·       Scene heading (slugline): 1.5 inches indented

·       Action: 1.5 inches indented

·       Dialogue: 2.5 inches indented

·       Character names: 3.5 inches indented

·       Please make sure your script does not include images or excessive amounts of special text such as bold, italic or underline.

Length

·      Movie screenplay: 85-160 pages

·      Movie concept video: 2-15 minutes

·      Drama series pilot script: 50-70 pages

File Types

Text:·       

  • PDF: easy to format and easy for others to read and review
  • RTF: allows file to be opened and edited in all word-processing applications.

Video:

  • MP4
  • FLV

Language

English only.

Public Domain

No adaptations of works in the public domain. This applies to music, photos or other images. Even though the work is public domain in the US, it is not necessarily free of rights complications.

Expedited Evaluation

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.