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Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of previously unpublished original work in flash fiction, creative nonfiction as essay or memoir, poetry in all styles and genres, as well as submissions of prose, poetry, and drama as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As a condition of publication, O:JA&L reserves for previously unpublished work First North American Rights and one-time worldwide Internet rights.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


OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) will consider submissions of Americana as short nonfiction (to 5000 words).

Americana will here be defined as any writing that has as its sympathetic focus the United States of America or the American people or that endorses and supports American culture and American values. 

Submit work that celebrates the history, geography, folklore, cultural heritage, or the people of the United States of America. Short nonfiction submissions may contain ONLY ONE title. Each submission may contain no more than 5,000 words, not counting its title, byline and any epigraph. Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc or .docx. Simultaneous submissions are accepted in this category.

Previously published works are not accepted.

A cover letter should include the writer's contact information, the title of the work, the type of work (fiction, memoir, poetry etc.), and the writer's professional biography of up to 100 words in third person.

O:JA&L claims first international rights, first North American rights, and the right to archive the accepted works on its website and to consider them for inclusion in future collections and anthologies to be compiled and published by the O:JA&L imprint BUTTONHOOK PRESS.

All other rights revert to the author upon publication. OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters asks to be identified as first publisher if published works are reprinted elsewhere.

Expedited evaluation of submissions is not available in this category.

Americana: Short Fiction

OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) will consider submissions of Americana as short fiction (restricted to 5000 words).

Americana will here be defined as any writing that has as its sympathetic focus the United States of America or the American people or that endorses and supports American culture and American values.

Submit work that celebrates the history, geography, folklore, cultural heritage, or the people of the United States of America. Short fiction manuscript submissions may contain ONLY ONE title. Each title may contain no more than 5,000 words, not counting its title, byline, and any epigraph. Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc or .docx. Simultaneous submissions are accepted in this category.

Previously published works are not accepted.

A cover letter should include the writer's contact information, the title of the work, and the writer's professional biography of up to 100 words in third person.

O:JA&L claims first international rights, first North American rights, and the right to archive the accepted works on its website and to consider them for inclusion in future collections and anthologies to be compiled and published by the O:JA&L imprint BUTTONHOOK PRESS.

All other rights revert to the author upon publication. OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters asks to be identified as first publisher if published works are reprinted elsewhere.

Expedited evaluation of submissions is not available in this category.

Americana: Poetry

OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) will consider submissions of Americana as poetry in all forms and styles (restricted to 5 individual titles with a 100 line limit per title).

Americana will here be defined as any writing that has as its sympathetic focus the United States of America or the American people or that endorses and supports American culture and American values.

Submit work that celebrates the history, geography, folklore, cultural heritage, or the people of the United States of America.

Poetry submissions may contain up to five titles. Each title may contain no more than 100 lines, not counting the title, byline and any epigraph. Previously published works are not accepted. Simultaneous submissions are accepted in this category. Submit all titles in a single document file. Start each title on a new page within the document.

Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc or .docx.

A cover letter should include the writer's contact information, the titles of the poems, and the writer's professional biography of up to 100 words in third person.

O:JA&L claims first international rights, first North American rights, and the right to archive the accepted works on its website and to consider them for inclusion in future Americana collections and anthologies to be compiled and published by the O:JA&L imprint BUTTONHOOK PRESS.

All other rights revert to the author upon publication. OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters asks to be identified as first publisher if published works are reprinted elsewhere.

Expedited evaluation of submissions is not available in this category.

To make this content available for an O:JA&L YouTube/Rumble event, mark the Affirmative Permission/Release box on the submission form.

Buttonhook Press

An imprint of OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters

OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation registered in California, USA.

Open call for chapbook submissions:

Poetry

O:JA&L's Buttonhook Press will consider chapbook collections of 20 (minimum) to 36 (maximum) pages of poetry, including prose poetry. Submitters should include an acknowledgments page if any individual works have been previously published. The acknowledgments page, the dedication page, and the table of contents is not included as part of the page count.

Submit the manuscript as a single document. Begin each individual title on a new page. .docx files are preferred. Follow other general O:JA&L guidelines that may apply.

Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and includes a professional biography in third person of up to 100 words.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a MS is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: buttonhook chapbook.”

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

Conditions:

Chapbooks accepted for publication will be released to readers as free PDFs through the O:JA&L website and will enjoy limited distribution as O:JA&L subscriber premiums. No ISBNs will be associated with these titles. Copyright for the PDF versions of these chapbooks will reside permanently with OJAL Art Incorporated, O:JA&L, and O:JA&L’s Buttonhook Press and with the writer.  Rights for printed versions of the PDF will be reserved on behalf of each author. OJAL Art Incorporated, OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L), and Buttonhook Press will provide to each writer of a published PDF chapbook a free license to produce a printed version to bring to market.

Submissions open January 1.  Submissions close December 1.

OPEN Call for Submissions: Experimental Discourse as XP fiction or nonfiction to 2000 words

Ends on December 1, 2022

OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) will consider submissions of Experimental Discourse (fiction or nonfiction) of 2000 words minimum, 2100 words maximum, not including title, by-line, and any epigraph.

Submit work that is experimental in nature. "Experimental" will here be defined according to the working definition offered by William Paterson University's Map Literary:

Experimental fiction is fiction that refuses to stay within the boundaries laid out either by traditional realistic literary fiction or by the standard genres of thriller, mystery, sci-fi, romance and so forth. We might say that experimental fiction is non-escapist literature in that it does not seek to seduce its readers into a dreamy forgetfulness. It is fiction, instead, that often unsettles, that makes one feel uncomfortable or liberated, because it breaks rules and invents new ones. Ideologically, it undermines the common conceptual categories by which we understand and navigate the world; it rejects the normal rhetoric of how we describe things.

A submission may contain ONLY ONE title. A submission may contain no less than 2000 and no more than 2100 words, not counting its title, byline and any epigraph. Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc or .docx. Simultaneous submissions are accepted in this category with the understanding that O:JA&L will be notified promptly if a piece under consideration here is accepted elsewhere. Follow other general guidelines that may apply.

Previously published works are not accepted.

A cover letter should include the writer's contact information and the writer's professional biography of up to 100 words in third person.

O:JA&L claims first international rights, first North American rights, and the right to archive the accepted works on its website and to consider them for inclusion in future experimental collections and anthologies to be compiled and published by the O:JA&L imprint BUTTONHOOK PRESS.

All other rights revert to the author upon publication. OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters asks to be identified as first publisher if published works are reprinted elsewhere.

Expedited evaluation of submissions is not available in this category.

Ends December 1

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of flash fiction and short fiction, and creative nonfiction as flash essay or memoir.

Flash submissions may contain up to three titles. Each title may contain no more than 1,000 words, not counting its title, byline, and any epigraph. Include all titles in one document file. Start each title on a new page within the document. Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc or .docx. Simultaneous submissions are accepted in this category with the understanding that O:JA&L will be notified promptly if a piece under consideration here is accepted elsewhere.

Previously published works are not accepted.

A cover letter should include the writer's contact information, the title/s of the work/s and the category of each (flash fiction, flash nonfiction,CNF, Memoir, vignette), and the writer's professional biography of up to 100 words in third person.

O:JA&L claims first international rights, first North American rights, and the right to archive the accepted works on its website and to consider them for inclusion in future collections and anthologies to be compiled and published by the O:JA&L imprint BUTTONHOOK PRESS.

All other rights revert to the author upon publication. OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters asks to be identified as first publisher if published works are reprinted elsewhere.

“Expedited” consideration is available for a fee.

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

Submit up to 5 separate titles in one document file. Each title may contain no more than 1,000 words, not counting its title, byline, and any epigraph. Include all titles in one document file. Start each title on a new page within the document. Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc or .docx. Simultaneous submissions are accepted in this category with the understanding that O:JA&L will be notified promptly if a piece under consideration here is accepted elsewhere.

Previously published works are not accepted.

A cover letter should include the writer's contact information, the title/s of the work/s, and the writer's professional biography of up to 100 words in third person.

O:JA&L claims first international rights, first North American rights, and the right to archive the accepted works on its website and to consider them for inclusion in future collections and anthologies to be compiled and published by the O:JA&L imprint BUTTONHOOK PRESS.

All other rights revert to the author upon publication. OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters asks to be identified as first publisher if published works are reprinted elsewhere.

“Expedited” consideration is available for a fee.

To make this content eligible for an O:JA&L YouTube event, mark the Affirmative Permission/Release box on the submission form.


Call for Submissions: Mixed Forms
SEQUENTIAL ART STORIES/Graphic Narratives, Manga/Manhua/Manhwa, Bandas Desenhadas/Fumetti

O:JA&L will consider submissions of mixed-form narratives as SEQUENTIAL ART STORIES/Graphic Narratives, Manga/Manhua/Manhwa, Bandas Desenhadas/Fumetti up to25 pages maximum for each individual work.

Submit a single work of up to 25 pages as a PDF document file. Include a link to a publishable .jpeg color panel containing the title.

Follow other general O:JA&L guidelines that may apply.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted in this category with the understanding that O:JA&L will be notified promptly if a piece under consideration here is accepted elsewhere.

Previously published works are not accepted.

A cover letter should include the writer's/artist's contact information and the writer's/artist's professional biography/ies of up to 100 words in third person.

O:JA&L claims first international rights, first North American rights, and the right to archive the accepted works on its website and to consider them for inclusion in future collections and anthologies to be compiled and published by the O:JA&L imprint BUTTONHOOK PRESS.

All other rights revert to the author upon publication. OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters asks to be identified as first publisher if published works are reprinted elsewhere.

“Expedited” consideration is available for a fee.

Ends December 1

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of poetry in all forms, styles, and genres.

Submit up to 5 separate titles in one document file. Each title may contain no more than 100 lines. Include all titles in one document file. Start each title on a new page within the document. Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc or .docx. Simultaneous submissions are accepted in this category with the understanding that O:JA&L will be notified promptly if a piece under consideration here is accepted elsewhere.

Previously published works are not accepted.

A cover letter should include the writer's contact information, the title/s of the work/s, and the writer's professional biography of up to 100 words in third person.

O:JA&L claims first international rights, first North American rights, and the right to archive the accepted works on its website and to consider them for inclusion in future collections and anthologies to be compiled and published by the O:JA&L imprint BUTTONHOOK PRESS.

All other rights revert to the author upon publication. OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters asks to be identified as first publisher if published works are reprinted elsewhere.

“Expedited” consideration is available for a fee.

Works of less than 500 words accepted and published in this category are eligible for production as an O:JA&L YouTube/Rumble event. To make this content available for an O:JA&L YouTube event, mark the Affirmative Permission/Release box on the submission form.

Spoken-word performers and slam poets are encouraged to submit audio or video files. Such submissions must be in mp3 or MP4 file formats. Submissions accepted in this category are assumed to be available for production as an O:JA&L YouTube/Rumble event. To make this content eligible for O:JA&L's YouTube channel, mark the Affirmative Permission/Release box on the submission form. These videos will be linked to your content on the journal page. 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.

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.

Submit one title. Submissions may contain 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 or .docx. Simultaneous submissions are accepted in this category with the understanding that O:JA&L will be notified promptly if a piece under consideration here is accepted elsewhere.

Previously published works are not accepted.

A cover letter should include the writer's contact information, the title of the work and the category (fiction, nonfiction, CNF, memoir, vignette), and the writer's professional biography of up to 100 words in third person.

O:JA&L claims first international rights, first North American rights, and the right to archive the accepted works on its website and to consider them for inclusion in future collections and anthologies to be compiled and published by the O:JA&L imprint BUTTONHOOK PRESS.

All other rights revert to the author upon publication. OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters asks to be identified as first publisher if published works are reprinted elsewhere.

“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 either on the page or in production. 

Submit a file with up to 5000 lines, including title, byline, dramatis personae, and stage direction. 

O:JA&L will consider several formatting options for drama: 1) conventions of formatting published by Gordon State College, 2) suggestions for formatting published by The Dramatists Guild, or 3) play formats in specialized software programs for writers like Final Draft or Movie Magic. Submissions which deviate extravagantly from these conventions of form will be declined.

Submitters should include a cover letter. This cover letter should contain, in the manner of a screenplay, a HEADER for the work, a LOGLINE of up to 30 words, and a SYNOPSIS of the work (without spoilers) of up to 150 words. This cover letter should also include a third-person professional biography of the submitter in 100 words, more or less. 

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. This cover letter should contain a HEADER for the script, a LOGLINE of up to 30 words, and a SYNOPSIS of the work (without spoilers) of up to 150 words. The cover letter should also supply a third-person professional biography of the submitter in 100 words, more or less, 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 (preferred)
  • 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

Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Studio Art
Digital Art

2022 theme: Collage/Found Elements/Mixed Media effect.

Images may be the product of any digital process or technique.
Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Images should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. 

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 (creative software), size, and completion date. Links to professional or commercial sites, if any, where images are available for purchase are welcome.

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 “Call for Submissions: Digital Art.”

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee.

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

Category opens January 1.            Category closes December 1.

Call for Submissions: Mixed Media as Landscape image.

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

Each image should specify title, series (if any), medium, size, and completion date. 

To support our contributing artists, links to commercial sites where images are available for purchase are welcome.

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Images should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. 

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.

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: Mixed Media art.”

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee.
Editors may nominate submissions accepted in this category for the annual O:JA&L Art Prize.
Category opens January 1.      Category closes December 30.

Call for Submissions: Studio Art as oil, acrylic/other paintings on canvas/other.

Architectural Fantasy, Street Scene, Cityscape

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

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. 

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

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.

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: Oil/Acrylic on Canvas/Other”

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee.

Editors may nominate submissions accepted in this category for the annual O:JA&L Art Prize.
Category opens January 1.           Category closes December 31.

Call for Submissions. Studio Arts: Painting and Drawing in PASTELS/CHARCOAL on PAPER/CANVAS/OTHER.

2021 Theme: “Anonymous Portrait"

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. 

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

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

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.

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: Painting and Drawing in Pastels/Charcoal.”

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee.

Editors may nominate submissions accepted in this category for the annual O:JA&L Art Prize.
Category opens January 1.           Category closes December 1.

Call for Submissions: Studio Art as watercolor/gouache/aquarelle.

2022 THEME: "STILL LIFE"

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

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Images should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. 

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. 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.

Follow other general guidelines that may apply. 

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: Watercolor.”

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee.

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: Photography. Call for Submissions of fine art photography as MANIPULATED IMAGE,

2022 Theme: "Manipulated Image"

Images may be the product of any creative in-camera process or image-processing technique.

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense.

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

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. 

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.

Follow other general guidelines that may apply.  

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: Fine Art Photography.”

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee.

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

Category opens January 1.           Category closes December 1.

Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Studio Art: Printmaking/Lithography as woodcuts, linocuts, lithographs, or engravings.

2022 theme: “Female Figure Study.

Images may be representational or abstract and may be the product of any creative print-making process or technique.

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Images should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. 

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. 

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.

Follow other general guidelines that may apply. 

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: Print-making.”

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee.

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

Category opens January 1. Category closes December 1.

O:JA&L; Open: Journal of Arts & Letters