OPEN: 

Journal of Arts & Letters


General 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. 

NOTE: By arrangement with Submittable, O:JA&L is eligible to  receive from submitters 100 free submissions per month. When this limit of submissions is reached,  all categories of free submissions close temporarily.  All categories reopen for free submissions on the first day of each month. For-fee categories are always open.

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Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of previously unpublished original work in flash fiction, creative nonfiction as essay or memoir, poetry in all styles and genres, as well as submissions of prose, poetry, and drama as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As a condition of publication, O:JA&L reserves for previously unpublished work First North American Rights and one-time worldwide Internet rights.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 AND TO OFFER THEM IN NOMINATION FOR AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS THAT REQUIRE PERMISSION FOR THE AWARD-GRANTING AUTHORITY TO REPRINT. 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 directly controlled 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 or other appropriate notation. 

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, and important publications and awards. The cover letter should include a third-person professional biography of up to 100 words.

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:  

Unsolicited 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 OR MORE weeks.

Submissions Fees: 

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters considers 100 unsolicited fee-free submissions per month distributed across all fee-free categories. After 100 unsolicited fee-free submissions have been received, submissions close in all fee-free categories until the first day of the following month. These fee-free categories are the following:

  • Poetry, all forms and styles,
  • Prose submissions of 1000 words or less, 
  • Haibun, 
  • Studio Arts (all categories), and 
  • Sequential Art stories. 

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will also open specific fee-free Calls for Submissions through social media on an irregular schedule.

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters also offers a range of editing and evaluation services to writers. There are always professional fees associated with these services.

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters also conducts contests for writers and artists. There are always entry fees associated with O:JA&L contests. Editors may nominate works for contests. Writers and artists nominated for O:JA&L contests by editors pay no fee.

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. CAVEAT: O:JA&L publishes 1% of unsolicited submissions. NOTE: EXPEDITED EVALUATION IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES: PROSE SUBMISSIONS OF 1001-10,000 WORDS, DRAMA SUBMISSIONS, AND SCREEN PLAYS.

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.


Annual Call for Submissions: Experimental Discourse to 2000 words

2020 theme: "Tranche de Vie" (Slice of Life)

2000 words minimum, 2100 words maximum, not including title and by-line. 

Submit up to 2 separate pieces in one document. Start each piece on a new page. Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and include a professional biography of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Experimental Fiction to 2000 words.” 

No reading fees apply. “Expedited” consideration is available for a fee. 

Submissions open October 1. 

Submissions close December 31.

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider fee-free submissions of flash fiction and short fiction, and creative nonfiction as flash essay or memoir. 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 .docx file formats.

Include a cover letter which identifies the submissions as fiction, essay, memoir, CNF, or vignette and which contains a third-person professional biography of up to 50 words.

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee encourages a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors.

Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Flash Discourse as Double Flash (Short-short)
2020 Theme: “Naturalism: Tranche de Vie.”

2000 words minimum, 2100 words maximum, not including title and by-line.

Submit up to 2 separate pieces in one document. Start each piece on a new page. Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and include a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Flash Fiction/Double Flash/Naturalism.” 

No reading fees apply. “Expedited” consideration is available for a fee.

Submissions open October 1.                    Submissions close December 31.

O:JA&L will consider submissions of haibun and tanka prose.

Submit up to 5 separate pieces in one document file. Start each piece on a new page within the document. Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Submissions in this category must be in the .docx file format. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and includes a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Haibun/Tanka Prose.” 

No reading fees apply. “Expedited” consideration is available for a fee. 


Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of poetry in all forms, styles, and genres. Submissions may contain from one (1) to five (5) titles with a total line count of no more than 500 lines. The poems should be contained in a single document. Each title should begin a new page within the document. The submission should give a strong sense of the poet’s style and range. Submissions must be in the .docx file format.

Include a cover letter which which contains a third-person professional biography in third person of up to 50 words.

Spoken-word performers and slam poets are encouraged to submit video files. Accepted videos will be released on the O:JA&L YouTube channel and promoted across O:JA&L's social media platforms. Submissions must be in mp3 or MP4 file formats.  Accepted submitters in this mode should provide a text version of the performance pieces for simultaneous release on the O:JA&L website.

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available (see fee option below). Payment of this fee encourages a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors.

Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Elegy, 100 lines maximum

O:JA&L will consider fee-free submissions in the category Elegy, 100 lines maximum.  2020 theme: "Public Servant" or "Cultural Icon."

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Personal, impersonal, and pastoral elegies in all forms and styles are welcome. Submit up to 5 separate pieces in one document file. Start each piece on a new page. Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Submissions in this category must be in the .docx file format. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and includes a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Elegy.”

No reading fees apply. “Expedited” consideration is available for a fee.

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) will consider performance art in this category. Submissions as audio or video must include only a single title and be approximately 5 minutes in length. A COMPLETE TEXT TRANSCRIPTION SHOULD ALSO BE PROVIDED AS PART OF THE COVER LETTER. Submissions should be made in one of the following formats: .mp3, .mp4, mp4a.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. 

Submissions open JUNE 1. Submissions close DECEMBER 30. 

Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Prose Poetry. 

2020 Theme “A Lover’s Complaint”

1000 words maximum, not including title and by-line. 

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Submit up to 3 separate pieces in one document file. Start each piece on a new page within the document. Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Submissions in this category must be in the .docx file format. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and includes a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Prose Poetry.” 

No reading fees apply. “Expedited” consideration is available for a fee. 

Submissions open August 1.

Submissions close December 31.

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, or memoir up to 10,000 words. Submissions may contain one title with a total word count of no more than 10,000 words, not counting its title, byline and any epigraph. Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, and .flv.

Fiction or Nonfiction: Short Story/CNF/Memoir/Personal Essay. 

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) will consider fee-free submissions of memoir, creative nonfiction, and personal essay. Submissions should contain from 1,0001 up to 10,000 words, not counting the title, byline and any epigraph.  Submissions may be in English or in Russian. Submissions in this category must be in the .docx file format. 

The cover letter should include a brief professional biography in third person of up to 50 words.

NOTE: EXPEDITED CONSIDERATION IS NOT AVAILABLE IN THIS CATEGORY.

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider fee-free submissions of drama whose impact can be experienced both on the page and in production. 

Submit a file with up to 5000 lines, including title, byline, dramatis personae, and stage direction. O:JA&L has adopted the conventions of formatting published by Gordon State College at https://grms.pbworks.com/w/file/75823103/CPF_play_formatting2.pdf Submissions which do not adhere to these conventions of form will be declined. 

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will only consider plays that have never before been produced or published. Submissions must be made in PDF file format only.

NOTE: Expedited evaluation of your submission is now available in this category.

 

OPEN: Journal of Arts and Letters will consider fee-free 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. 

Submitters should include a cover letter which contains a third-person professional biography of up to 100 words and a link to the submitter's IMDb page, if available.

Format

O:JA&L has adopted the conventions of screenplay formatting as published by Storysense.com https://www.storysense.com/format.htm Submissions which do not adhere to these formatting requirements will be declined.

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

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 now available in this category

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. Submissions should be submitted in a single file and must be in PDF file format. 

Include a cover letter which identifies the submissions as "Simultaneous" or "Exclusive" and which contains a third-person professional biography of up to 100 words.

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. 

STUDIO ARTS: Digital Art

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters accepts images of fine art in digital art. Images should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. I

Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet guidelines and that permission is granted to O:JA&L by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. 

Images selected for publication must be provided to O:JA&L as a .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Each image should specify title, series (if any), size, and completion date. Appropriate technical information is also appreciated. Links to commercial site where images are available for purchase/download are welcome.

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. 

STUDIO ARTS: Mixed Media

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters accepts images of fine art in mixed media.   

Images should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. 

Images may be representational or abstract and may be the product of any mixed media creative process or technique. 

Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet other guidelines and that permission is granted to O:JA&L by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. 

Images selected for publication must be provided to O:JA&L as a .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Each image should specify title, series (if any), medium, size, and completion date. Links to commercial site where this art is available for purchase are welcome.

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. 

Call for studio art: mixed media landscape. 

2020 theme: “Aubade”/Alternate theme: “Nocturne”

Mixed media. Landscape image. Previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. 

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Images may be representational or abstract and may be the product of any mixed media creative process or technique. 

Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet other guidelines and that permission is granted by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. 

Images selected for publication must be provided to O:JA&L as a .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Each image should specify title, series (if any), medium, size, and completion date. Links to commercial site where images are available for purchase are welcome.

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. 

Editors may nominate submissions accepted in this category for the annual O:JA&L Art Prize.

Category opens: January 1, 2020 

Category closes: December 31, 2020

Studio Arts: Painting and Drawing  

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters accepts images of fine art in all drawing and painting media. Images should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. Images may be traditionally representational or abstract. 

Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet guidelines and that permission is granted by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. 

Images selected for publication must be provided to O:JA&L as a .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Each image should specify title, series (if any), size, and completion date. Appropriate technical information is also appreciated. Links to commercial site where images are available for purchase are welcome.

Expedited evaluation of submissions is available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee guarantees a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. 

Editors may nominate accepted submissions in this category for the annual O:JA&L Art Prize.

Call for studio art: Oil, acrylic/other paintings on canvas/other. 

2020 Theme: “Lovers”

Submissions should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. 

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Images may be traditionally representational or experimental and may be the product of any creative watercolor process or technique. 

Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet guidelines and that permission is granted to O:JA&L by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. 

Artists should include a cover letter that provides a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Links to commercial sites where this art is available for purchase are welcome.

For each image, artist should specify title, series (if any), size, and completion date. Images selected for publication must be provided to O:JA&L as a .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. 

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. 

Editors may nominate submissions accepted in this category for the annual O:JA&L Art Prize.

Category opens:  January 1, 2020

Category closes:  December 31, 2020

Call for studio art: Pastels or charcoal on paper/other. 

2020 Theme: “Naturalism: Tranche de Vie”

Submissions should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. 

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Images may be traditionally representational or experimental and may be the product of any creative process or technique. 

Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet guidelines and that permission is granted to O:JA&L by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. 

Artists should include a cover letter that provides a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Links to commercial sites where this art is available for purchase are welcome.

For each image, artist should specify title, series (if any), size, and completion date. Images selected for publication must be provided to O:JA&L as a .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. 

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee encourages a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. 

Editors may nominate submissions accepted in this category for the annual O:JA&L Art Prize.

Category opens:  January 1, 2020 

Category closes:  December 31, 2020

Call for studio art: watercolors. 

2020 Theme: “Military”/Alternate theme: “First Responders”

Watercolor image. Previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. 

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Images may be traditionally representational or experimental and may be the product of any creative watercolor process or technique. 

Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet guidelines and that permission is granted to O:JA&L by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. 

Artists should include a cover letter that provides a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Links to commercial sites where this art is available for purchase are welcome.

For each image, artist should specify title, series (if any), size, and completion date. Images selected for publication must be provided to O:JA&L as a .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. 

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee encourages a 72-hour "yes" or "no" response by the O:JA&L editors. 

Editors may nominate submissions accepted in this category for the annual O:JA&L Art Prize.

Category opens: January 1, 2020 

Category closes: December 31, 2020

STUDIO ARTS: Fine Art Photography

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters considers photography as fine art.   

Images should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. Images may be traditionally representational or experimental and may be the product of any creative process or technique. 

Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet guidelines and that permission is granted to O:JA&L by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. 

Images selected for publication must be provided to O:JA&L as a .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Each image should specify title, series (if any), size, and completion date. Appropriate technical information is also appreciated. Links to commercial sites where this submitted art is available for purchase are welcome.

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. 

Call for fine art photography: still life. 

2020 Theme: “The sacredness of common things”

Fine art photograph. Still life. Previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. 

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense but attempt to achieve the wabi-sabi aesthetic. Images may be traditional or experimental and may be the product of any creative process or technique. 

Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet guidelines and that permission is granted by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. 

Artists should include a cover letter that provides a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Links to commercial sites where this art is available for purchase are welcome.

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee encourages a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. 

Editors may nominate submissions accepted in this category for the annual O:JA&L Art Prize.

Category opens: January 1, 2020 

Category closes: December 31, 2020

STUDIO ARTS: Printmaking and Lithography

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters accepts images of fine art in printmaking and lithography. Images should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. Images may be traditionally representational or abstract. 

Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet guidelines and that permission is granted to O:JA&L by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. 

Images selected for publication must be provided to O:JA&L as a .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Each image should specify title, series (if any), size, and completion date. Appropriate technical information is also appreciated. Links to commercial sites where this art is available for purchase are welcome.

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. 

Call for studio art: prints, lithographs, or engravings. 

2020 theme: “Landscape with ruins”

Wood-block print, linocut, lithograph, or engraving. Previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. 

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Images may be traditionally representational or experimental and may be the product of any creative process or technique. 

Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet guidelines and that permission is granted to O:JA&L by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. 

Artists should include a cover letter that provides a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Links to commercial sites where this art is available for purchase are welcome.

For each image, artist should specify title, series (if any), size, and completion date. Images selected for publication must be provided to O:JA&L as a .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. 

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. 

Editors may nominate submissions accepted in this category for the annual O:JA&L Art Prize.

Category opens: January 1, 2020 

Category closes: December 31, 2020

STUDIO ARTS: Sculpture and Installations

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters accepts images of fine art in sculpture and installations.

Images of the submitted 3-dimensional works should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. 

 3-dimensional submissions may be traditionally representational or experimental and may be the product of any creative process or technique. 

Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet guidelines and that permission is granted to O:JA&L by the submitter to select and publish any images of works from the linked portfolio/gallery. 

Images selected for publication must be provided to O:JA&L as a .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Each image should specify title, series (if any), size, and completion date. Links to commercial sites where this submitted art is available for purchase are welcome.

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee encourages a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. 


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