OPEN: 

Journal of Arts & Letters


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Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of previously unpublished original work in flash fiction, creative nonfiction as essay or memoir, poetry in all styles and genres, as well as submissions of prose, poetry, and drama as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As a condition of publication, O:JA&L reserves for previously unpublished work First North American Rights and one-time worldwide Internet rights.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


  

OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters

SPECIAL CONTEST CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS IN FLASH DISCOURSE WITH $200 CASH PRIZE TO WINNER 

AN ENTRY FEE OF $8.97 (USD) APPLIES.

CONTEST OPENS May 1 

CONTEST CLOSES July 10 or when 100 submissions have been received.

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider CONTEST submissions of flash fiction, short fiction, and creative nonfiction (CNF) as flash essay or memoir WITH A SOURCE IN MYTHOLOGY. 

Any mythic tradition may form the basis for the work. Submitters should include a link to the source material as part of the submission.

Previously published works are not accepted. Simultaneous submissions are not accepted in this category. 

Submissions will be accepted only through the O:JA&L Submissions manager. AN ENTRY FEE OF $8.97 (USD) APPLIES.

Manuscript entries may contain ONLY ONE piece. Each Contest Entry may contain no more than 1,000 words, counting its title, byline and any epigraph. 

SUBMIT ONLY ONE TITLE IN EACH FILE. SUBMIT AN ENTRY FEE FOR EACH FILE. AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF ENTRIES IS PERMITTED TO SUBMITTERS PROVIDED THE FEE IS PAID FOR EACH. ALL ENTRIES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR PUBLICATION.

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

A cover letter should include the writer's contact information, the title of the work, the type of work (fiction, nonfiction, memoir, etc.), and the writer's professional biography of 100 words or less in third person. Submitters should include a link to the myth/source material as part of the submission.

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 your submission is not available in this category. 

  

OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters

РАССМАТРИВАЮТСЯ ЗАЯВКИ РУССКОЯЗЫЧНЫХ МАТЕРИАЛОВ ДЛЯ ПУБЛИКАЦИИ В ЖАНРЕ МАЛОЙ ПРОЗЫ

Приём заявок с 1 мая 2019 года

Открытый журнал искусств и писем (Open: Journal of Arts & Letters) рассматривает заявки на публикации русскоязычных материалов в жанре малой прозы, рассказов, эссе, или мемуаров. Всего будет принято 50 работ, после чего приём заявок завершится. 

В заявке может содержаться до трёх разных произведений, объём каждого из которых не должен превышать 1000 слов, включая заголовок, подпись и эпиграф. Каждое произведение должно начинаться с новой страницы.

Все произведения должны быть включены в один файл, формат которого может быть слудеющим: .doc, .docx, . 

Одновременные заявки также рассматриваются, но необходимо иметь ввиду, что важно уведомить O:JA&L в случае если произведение готовится к публикации где-то ещё. 

Принятые работы будут опубликованы на русском языке на официальном сайте издания OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters и после переведены на английский язык с последующей публикацией перевода. 

O:JA&L имеет международное право первоисточника, право первого издателя в Северной Америке и право хранить опубликованные работы на официальном сайте издания и включать их в коллекции и антологии печатной версии O:JA&L в издательстве BUTTONHOOK PRESS.

Все остальные права возвращаются автору после публикации. OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters запрашивает статус первого издателя, если опубликованные работы перепечатываются в другом месте.

Ускоренная оценка вашей заявки доступна за дополнительную плату, стоимость которой составляет $5. Гарантируется ответ от одного из редакторов O:JA&L в течении 72 часов. 

OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L), a new multi-platform journal, has immediate need for a volunteer Editorial Assistant: ORAL INTERPRETATION SPECIALIST (intern) with near-native fluency in English

Are you an emerging actor or theater arts student? Are you a spoken-word artist or slam poet? Are you a vocalist or on-air personality? Are you a teacher, journalist, or literary academic with a focus on stage arts or film studies? Are you a student or graduate student pursuing a degree in theater arts, film studies, or broadcast journalism? Would you like to join an arts/media team that publishes some of the world’s most exciting studio artists, poets, and writers who are working today? 

If you can answer yes to any of the questions above, you may find this resume-building position as A VOLUNTEER  Editorial Assistant: DRAMATIC INTERPRETATIONS SPECIALIST (intern)  or Contributing Editor: DRAMATIC INTERPRETATIONS SPECIALIST  (DOQ) with OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L), to be a very interesting opportunity.

The qualified candidate will be able to commit to up to 10 hours of assigned work per month (4-5 well-rehearsed readings); will be able to demonstrate the ability to read, write, and speak English with at least near-native fluency; will be able to document current enrollment at an accredited institution of higher learning in a degree-granting program in fine arts, language and literature, journalism and communication, theater arts, or education; and will be able to furnish compelling references attesting to, among other things, the applicant’s integrity, reliability, tactfulness, self-discipline, and unblemished work (or academic) record. 

The ideal candidate will have command of two or more languages, a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent professional skill set, a verifiable work history, and a publication history. 

Essential Skills: 

  • Good stage, screen or vocal presence.
  • The ability to enter into another character and engage with an audience.
  • The ability to memorize lines.
  • Good understanding of dramatic techniques.
  • Having the confidence, energy and dedication to perform.
  • Creative insight.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others. 
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents. 
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. 
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Duties:

  • Reports to a Supervising Editor.
  • Selects material from among the published works of OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters
  • Develops and rehearses an appropriate persona and/or delivery style for the selected work
  • Writes a simple introduction for each selected work including as appropriate the performer's own identity, the writer's summarized biography, and a preview of the work (without spoilers)
  • Creates a simple, attractive standardized physical backdrop for performance
  • Performs the work for the O:JA&L YouTube channel
  • Duties of Systems Analysis - In consultation with the Managing Editor, determines how and to what extent the interview met the needs of both O:JA&L and the needs of the interview subject and to what extent the conditions, operations, and the interview environment were under the control of the interviewer, or determines how and to what extent the or dramatic reading/oral interpretation of a selected work met the needs of both O:JA&L and the needs of the audience and the writer and to what extent the conditions, operations, and the performance environment were under the control of the reader.
  • Duties of Systems Evaluation – In consultation with the Managing Editor, identifies measures/indicators/actions which would improve the interview environment and/or improve interviewer control over the conditions and operations of the interview process to meet the goals of O:JA&L, or identifies measures/indicators/actions which would improve the dramatic performance environment and/or improve reader control over the conditions and operations of the dramatic/interpretive reading act to meet the goals of O:JA&L 

Benefits:

Intrinsic benefits include the singular experience of first-hand opportunity to interpret for an international auience the work of first-rate creative talents from across the world, the professionally valuable experience of working as part of a team of dedicated artists and writers to produce a journal with value to readers and contributors, and the personally valuable opportunity to develop or strengthen specific interpersonal skills and to improve professional expertise as a Perfomer or On-Air Personality.

After 90 days of faithful performance in the position (a minimum of 20 on-air readings), extrinsic benefits include letters of recommendation from the Executive Editor, the Managing Editor, and the Supervising Editor attesting to the On-Air Personality's qualifications and dependability supported by detailed performance evaluations in all skill areas.

Contact O:JA&L:

Respond with letter of interest and resume to the initial screener through Submittable.

Poetry Evaluation Service for Single Works

If you are a writer of poetry, you may apply to take advantage of our evaluation and/or editing services for single works. 

Description of services:

Evaluation for poetry will include a detailed analysis of craft, including (when appropriate) an appraisal of the work’s traditional or experimental form with a discussion of its use of line breaks and stanza breaks to manipulate focus and meanings; a consideration of its pacing, context development and theme development, of its use of selective detail, dialogue, imagery or other features in its management of atmosphere, mood and development of the speaker; its POV; its diction and rhetorical style; and its total effect on a typical reader. 

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

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

Summary of fees for evaluation of single works of poetry:

Evaluation fee for single works of poetry: $17.50  (USD) (to 35 lines) 

$35 (USD) (36 to 50 lines)

$50 (USD) (51 to 100 lines) 

 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 on a typical reader. 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)

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

$10.00 - 100.00
$10.00 - 100.00

Editing Services  

Editing Services for Single Works

Description of Services: Editing services for single works of poetry or prose will include, when appropriate, suggestions for substantive revisions in concept, form, organization, grammar, usage, diction, and phrase and sentence structure.

Summary of fees for editing of single works:

$35 (USD) to 500 words (minimum fee)

$50 (USD) 501-1000 words

$75 (USD) 1001-3000 words

$100 (USD) 3001- 7500 words

Longer works by negotiated arrangement.

Editing Services for Manuscripts

Description of Services: Editing services (MLA Style-sheet) for manuscripts of poetry or prose will include when appropriate, suggestions for substantive revisions in concept, form, organization, grammar, usage, diction, and phrase and sentence structure.

Summary of Fees

Poetry MS editing fees:  

$100 (USD) for first 350 lines (minimum fee)

$10 (USD) per 100 lines or any portion thereof above 350 lines for balance of MS

Prose MS editing fees:

O:JA&L editorial services for collections and long works is available by negotiated arrangement. ojal.associate.editor@gmail.com

Optional consultation 

Face-to-face consultation with evaluator/editor (conducted via Facetime or Skype) 

$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

Poetry Manuscript Evaluation Services

If you are a writer of poetry, you may apply to take advantage of our MS evaluation and/or editing services for chapbooks and longer collections.

Description of services:

Evaluation for poetry manuscripts will include, for each title in the collection, a detailed analysis of craft, including (when appropriate) an appraisal of the work’s traditional or experimental form with a discussion of its use of line breaks and stanza breaks to manipulate focus and meanings; a consideration of its pacing, context development and theme development, of its use of selective detail, dialogue, imagery or other features in its management of atmosphere, mood and development of the speaker; its POV; its diction and rhetorical style; and its total effect on a typical reader.  Additionally, the collection will be evaluated as if it were itself a single poem. 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.

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

Summary of Fees for Evaluation of Manuscripts 

MS evaluation fee for poetry:  

$50 (USD) for first 350 lines (a minimum fee)

$10 (USD) per 100 lines for balance of MS

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 BUTTONHOOK PRESS are accepting submissions of visual art from which to select a cover image for the November 2019 Buttonhook Press 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 second 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 featured text for the art contest consists collectively of work by O:JA&L’s 

Chapbook Contents include all of O:JA&L’s 2019 nominees for the 2020 Pushcart Prize. 

· Watson flash “Expecting”

· http://ojalart.com/literary-arts/fiction/flash-fiction/flash-fiction-e-d-watsons-expecting/

· Klass short story “City as Museum (Turkish 1)”

· http://ojalart.com/literary-arts/fiction/short-story/short-story-klass/

· Feeney short story “today I become mother”

· http://ojalart.com/literary-arts/fiction/short-story/short-story-elaine-feeneys-today-become-mother/

· Holeton essay “March Madness 1974”

· http://ojalart.com/literary-arts/essay-richard-holetons-march-madness-1974/

· Meyerhofer poem “On the Difficulty of Loving the Theatrically Insane”

· http://ojalart.com/literary-arts/poetry/poetry-michael-meyerhofers-difficulty-loving-theatrically-insane/

· Murphy flash/haibun “Impression”

· http://ojalart.com/feature-writers/featured-writer-sheila-murphys-flash-fiction-impression/

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, 2019. 

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

· Entry fees may be paid through Submittable.

· Entry fees are not refundable.

· 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.

· Up to 10 finalists will be named and notified by August 31, 2018.

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

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

· All properly prepared entries will be viewed and judged. 

· 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. 

Eligible Submissions:

· 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. 

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

· 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. 

· 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.

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. 

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.

 

*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 photography as fine art. Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Additional images should be made available through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will request permissions to publish specific images from the linked site. Images selected for publication must be provided with a resolution of at least 72/96 dpi and as a .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide.

FEE-FREE SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED IN THIS CATEGORY DURING THE PERIODS JANUARY 1-14 AND JULY 1-14.

SPECIFIC FEE-FREE CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS IN THIS CATEGORY ARE MADE THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA ON AN IRREGULAR SCHEDULE..

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. Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Additional images should be made available through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will request permissions to publish specific images from the linked site. Images selected for publication must be provided with a resolution of at least 72/96 dpi and as a .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide.

FEE-FREE SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED IN THIS CATEGORY DURING THE PERIODS JANUARY 1-14 AND JULY 1-14.

SPECIFIC FEE-FREE CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS IN THIS CATEGORY ARE MADE THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA ON AN IRREGULAR SCHEDULE..

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. Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Additional images should be made available through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will request permissions to publish specific images from the linked site. Images selected for publication must be provided with a resolution of at least 72/96 dpi and as a .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide.

FEE-FREE SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED IN THIS CATEGORY DURING THE PERIODS JANUARY 1-14 AND JULY 1-14.

SPECIFIC FEE-FREE CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS IN THIS CATEGORY ARE MADE THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA ON AN IRREGULAR SCHEDULE..

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.Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Additional images should be made available through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will request permissions to publish specific images from the linked site. Images selected for publication must be provided with a resolution of at least 72/96 dpi and as a .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide.

FEE-FREE SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED IN THIS CATEGORY DURING THE PERIODS JANUARY 1-14 AND JULY 1-14.

SPECIFIC FEE-FREE CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS IN THIS CATEGORY ARE MADE THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA ON AN IRREGULAR SCHEDULE..

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. Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Additional images should be made available through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will request permissions to publish specific images from the linked site. Images selected for publication must be provided with a resolution of at least 72/96 dpi and as a .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide.

FEE-FREE SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED IN THIS CATEGORY DURING THE PERIODS JANUARY 1-14 AND JULY 1-14.

SPECIFIC FEE-FREE CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS IN THIS CATEGORY ARE MADE THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA ON AN IRREGULAR SCHEDULE..

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. Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Additional images should be made available through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will request permissions to publish specific images from the linked site. Images selected for publication must be provided with a resolution of at least 72/96 dpi and as a .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide.

FEE-FREE SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED IN THIS CATEGORY DURING THE PERIODS JANUARY 1-14 AND JULY 1-14.

SPECIFIC FEE-FREE CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS IN THIS CATEGORY ARE MADE THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA ON AN IRREGULAR SCHEDULE..

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.

NOTE: Artists should specify title, medium, finished size, completion date, and price for all original works. Artists should also include links to personal and commercial sites. 


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.

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 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. 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.

FEE-FREE SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED IN THIS CATEGORY DURING THE PERIODS JANUARY 1-14 AND JULY 1-14.

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NOTE: EXPEDITED CONSIDERATION IS NOT AVAILABLE IN THIS CATEGORY.

Haibun

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will accept submissions of haibun. 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. This is limited to the first 50 submissions, after which limit is reached, submissions will close. Submissions may contain up to five 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.

Include a cover letter which which contains a third-person professional biography of up to 100 words.

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. This is limited to the first 50 submissions, after which limit is reached, submissions will close. Each title should begin a new page. 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 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.

Include a cover letter which which contains a third-person professional biography of up to 100 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. 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 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. Submissions should be submitted in a single file and must be in PDF file format. 

Include a cover letter which identifies the submissionsas "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. Please note that we accept 1% of unsolicited submissions for publication.

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider dramas 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://ptfaculty.gordonstate.edu/lking/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.

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NOTE: Expedited evaluation of your submission is NOT AVAILABLE in this category.

 

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. 

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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 not currently available in this category

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