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Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of previously unpublished original work in flash fiction, creative nonfiction as essay or memoir, poetry in all styles and genres, as well as submissions of prose, poetry, and drama as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As a condition of publication, O:JA&L reserves for previously unpublished work First North American Rights and one-time worldwide Internet rights.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


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VOLUNTEER as “Associate EDITOR for Content Development”

OJAL Art Incorporated (OAI), is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation registered in California, has published a wide range of artistic content since 2017 as OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) and its imprint Buttonhook Press.

OJAL Art Incorporated has IMMEDIATE NEED for one unpaid volunteer to serve as on the OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) team as Associate Editor for Content Development.

O:JA&L offers a range of contemporary aesthetic experiences made available through several media platforms. O:JA&L 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. O:JA&L offers its audience the opportunity to sample an array of artistic expressions presented by both emerging and established contemporary artists, writers, musicians, and videographers from around the world. O:JA&L was founded in 2017. O:JA&L claims nearly 10,000 unique visitors per month on the website, 20,000 Twitter followers, 15,000 InstaGram followers, 16,000 connections at LinkedIn through our editors’ profiles, and growing followings on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Xing, Gettr, MeWe, and in eastern Europe on VK. The O:JA&L Youtube and Rumble Channels are also growing.

The ideal candidate for Associate Editor for Content Development will be able to commit to a modest and flexible work schedule of up to 10 hours per month, will have command of two or more languages, will have a bachelor’s degree or an MFA or other advanced degree in a related field, and a resume/portfolio of representative professional-quality credits. The ideal candidate will also be able to demonstrate an ability to create competent commentary on both historic and contemporary art theory, aesthetics, or interpretations of contemporary and classic literary matter and will demonstrate strong skills in the use of Wordpress, Trello, and other digital media publishing platforms.

The qualified candidate for Associate Editor for Content Development with O:JA&L will be able to commit to 10 hours of work per month; will be able 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 English, Journalism, Fine Arts or related field, will demonstrate strong skills in the use of Wordpress, Trello, and other digital media publishing platforms; will be well-spoken, polite, other-centered with strong interpersonal skills; 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. Qualified candidates should expect to participate in a training program of several weeks with the title of Editorial Intern for Content Development displayed on the Mast Head.

Essential Skills:

· ARTISTIC SENSIBILITY AND SOUND AESTHETIC JUDGMENT—recognize and promote conceptual elegance, technical refinement, and consistency of both explicit and implicit messages in fine arts

· Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

· Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

· 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.

· Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

· Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Duties of the O:JA&L Associate Editor for Content Development:

1. Collaborates with a cooperating production editor

2. Curates, solicits, or creates and edits all content on OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) both as the Journal (website) and as its press imprint, including content in languages other than English

3. collaborates with leadership and other staff to manage a regular flow of content to ensure effective communication of the mission, principles, and vision of OJAL Art Incorporated, publishing since 2017 as OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) and its imprint Buttonhook Press

4. collaborates with leadership and other staff to ensure that content mobilizes people, content, and production effectively

5. collaborates in the use analytics to improve engagement and reach of OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) both as the Journal (website) and as its press imprint

6. collaborates with leadership and other staff to improve Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters(O:JA&L) both as the Journal (website) and as its press imprint

7. Reviews all static content on the website annually and recommends updates as necessary

8. collaborates with leadership and other staff to source compelling images and video for the video channels of OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) both as the Journal (website) and as its press imprint

9. Sets up and/or manages specific sections of OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) both as the Journal (website) and as its press imprint

10. solicits submissions of literary art, studio art, and dramatic art features and insures that all rights of contributing artists are protected according to the O:JA&L Submissions guidelines and licensing requirements

11. collaborates with leadership and other staff to establish guidelines for all categories of submissions and to curate all fine arts submissions on the O:JA&L Submittable page

12. as assigned by senior editors, develops and oversees contests and awards for dramatic arts

13. prepares and posts selections to the O:JA&L Wordpress site (suggested/negotiable)

14. collaborates with leadership and staff in the management O:JA&L’s Tumblr and Instagram and other social media accounts, including video channels (suggested/negotiable)

15. collaborates with leadership to help lead the development of OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters(O:JA&L) both as the Journal (website) and as its press imprint Buttonhook Press so that it best serves our audience and contributors

16. collaborates with leadership and other staff in the use of HTML and CSS knowledge to implement development

17. collaborates with third-party web developers and IT specialists to improve OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters(O:JA&L) both as the Journal (website) and as its press imprint Buttonhook Press

18. collaborates with leadership and other staff in the development of an  annual program of updates and improvements to OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) both as the Journal (website) and as its press imprint Buttonhook Press

Benefits:

Intrinsic benefits for the IDEAL CANDIDATE include the following:

· the professionally valuable networking opportunity available to members of a team of dedicated artists and writers that produces a journal with value to readers and contributors,

· the professionally valuable opportunity to impose a personal aesthetic perspective on this widely read journal

· the personally valuable opportunity to strengthen and refine a range of specific interpersonal skills

· the personally valuable opportunity to employ creative capabilities and talents in practical applications

Extrinsic benefits for the ideal candidate include the following:

· immediate addition to the magazine’s masthead as Associate Editor for Content Development,

Intrinsic benefits for the QUALIFIED CANDIDATE include the following:

· 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

· the opportunity to develop or strengthen or refine a range of specific interpersonal skills

· the opportunity to employ creative capabilities and talents in practical applications

· the opportunity, through training, to improve professional expertise related to fine arts publication and promotion

Extrinsic benefits for the QUALIFIED CANDIDATE include the following:

· Immediate addition to the magazine’s masthead as Interim Editor for Content Development

· (at 8 weeks and at 16 weeks) a formal, confidential,  criteria-based performance evaluation in all skill areas

· (at 20 weeks) upon successful completion of the required probationary experience, letters of recommendation from the Executive Editor and the cooperating Associate Editor attesting to the qualifications, efficiency, and dependability of the Interim Editor for Theater Arts.

· After a successful probationary period in the position, addition to the magazine’s masthead as Associate Editor for Theater Arts

Contact O:JA&L:

Respond with letter of interest and resume to the initial screener through this Submissions Manager.

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 audience 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.

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 pamphlet submissions:

Poetry/Prose poetry/Flash fiction & nonfiction, including memoir

O:JA&L's Buttonhook Press will consider pamphlet collections of 8 (minimum) to 16 (maximum) pages of poetry, prose poetry, or flash discourse, ifiction or nonfiction, including memoir. Submitters should include an acknowledgments page if any individual works have been previously published. The acknowledgments page is not to be 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, that identifies a category for the submission (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, etc) and that 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 pamphlet.”

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

Conditions:

Pamphlets 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 pamphlet a free license and appropriate electronic files to produce a printed version to bring to market.

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 44 (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 acknowledgements page are not to be 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.

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:

Flash fiction or flash nonfiction

O:JA&L will consider chapbook collections of 20 (minimum) to 44 (maximum) pages of flash discourse, fiction or nonfiction, with no single work longer than 1000 words. Submitters should include an acknowledgments page if any individual works have been previously published. A table of contents and an acknowledgments page are not included as part of the page count.

Submit the manuscript as a single document. Begin each individual title on a new page within the document. .docx files are preferred. 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 contact information, the title of the work, and the writer's professional biography of up to 100 words in third person.

O:JA&L and its imprint Buttonhook Press claims first international rights, first North American rights, and the right to archive in perpetuity the accepted chapbook on its website.

Expedited consideration is not available in this category.

Conditions:

Chapbooks accepted for publication will be released to readers as free PDFs through the O:JA&L website and will enjoy limited distribution via Patreon as O:JA&L subscriber premiums. No ISBNs will be associated with these titles. Copyright for the PDF versions of these chapbooks and for Buttonhook Press's related proprietary files will reside permanently with OJAL Art Incorporated, O:JA&L, and O:JA&L’s Buttonhook Press and with the writer. OJAL Art Incorporated, as OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) and Buttonhook Press, will provide to each writer of a published PDF chapbook a .docx file of that chapbook suitable for use by most full service commercial printing houses and a free license to produce and distribute a printed version of the writer's published PDF chapbook.

Buttonhook Press Annual call for chapbooks of Experimental Discourse

O:JA&L's Buttonhook Press will consider chapbook collections of 20 (minimum) to 44 (maximum) pages of Experimental Discourse with no individual title in the submission to exceed 2100 words. 

Submitters should include a table of contents and if any individual works have been previously published, an acknowledgments page. The acknowledgments page, the table of contents, and any dedication page should be included as part of the page count.  

Submit the manuscript as a single document. Begin each individual title on a new page within the document. .docx files are preferred. 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 contact information, the title of the work and its category (fiction or nonfiction), and the writer's professional biography of up to 100 words in third person.  O:JA&L and its imprint Buttonhook Press claims first international rights, first North American rights, first Australian rights, and the right to archive in perpetuity the accepted chapbook on its website.  

No reading fees apply.

“Expedited” consideration is not available in this category.    


Conditions: Chapbooks accepted for publication will be released to readers as free PDFs through the O:JA&L website and will enjoy limited distribution via Patreon as O:JA&L subscriber premiums. No ISBNs will be associated with these titles. Copyright for the PDF versions of these chapbooks and for Buttonhook Press's related proprietary files will reside permanently with OJAL Art Incorporated, O:JA&L, and O:JA&L’s Buttonhook Press and with the writer. OJAL Art Incorporated, as OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) and Buttonhook Press, will provide to each writer of a published PDF chapbook a .docx file of that chapbook suitable for use by most full service commercial printing houses and a free license to produce and distribute a printed version of the writer's published PDF chapbook.

OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider book reviews that evaluate or develop critical context for the titles in the current offerings of small independent presses and publishers. O:JA&L will also consider reviews of books by authors whose work we have published in the journal, especially of all work available in the catalog of Buttonhook Press as Broadsides, Pamphlets, Chapbooks, and Titles Available on Amazon.

Titles to be reviewed must be a recent publication (published between 2018 and 2023) and may be of any of the following types: poetry, fiction, nonfiction (including essays and CNF), or sequential art stories. Eligible titles include anthologies and single-author collections.

Reviews should be between 500 and 1500 words and should include the book’s full publication information in MLA Format. MLA citation standards may be found in this reference link: 

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/24/

Reviews should include an accurate and complete description of the subject(s) of the book and what the author has to say about the subject or subjects. 

Reviews should avoid “spoilers.”

Reviewers should include a cover letter which contains a professional biographical statement of up to 75 words composed in third person.

Submissions are accepted continuously. Simultaneous submissions are considered with the understanding that O:JA&L will receive prompt notice from the submitter if a piece is accepted elsewhere.

Reviews should be submitted electronically as .docx documents through the Submittable Submissions Manager.

STUDIO ARTS: Sculpture and Installation.

Open Call for Featured Artist in the O:JA&L 2023 Artist Portfolio Series

2023 Featured Artist: Portfolio

OJAL Art Incorporated, publishing since 2017 as OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) and its imprint Buttonhook Press, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation registered in California.

For 2023, Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of sculpture and installation under the following additional guidelines:

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

Submitted images may be of three-dimensional works and installations in any artistic tradition. No more than two of the seven (7) submitted views/images may be of any single work.

Artists should include a single representative image file with the submission and a link to a portfolio/gallery containing at least 6 additional images. All images must be available to O:JA&L as image files that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the provided link meet guidelines and that permission is granted to O:JA&L by the submitter to select and publish any or all images from the linked portfolio/gallery.

Submitters must specify title, series (if any), medium, size, completion date and any other relevant information for each work. Links to professional and commercial sites where this art is available for purchase are encouraged.

In order to qualify for inclusion and promotion in the Featured Artists Portfolio Series, submitters must include, as part of the submission, a cover letter containing the following information:

1) a professional biographical statement in third person. This biography should contain at least 100 words (minimum) up to 250 words (maximum) and should include educational and training background, important past exhibitions, and notable awards.

2) a statement of artistic philosophy and a summary of artistic practice (preferred subjects, treatments, and techniques), and other pertinent information (not to exceed 500 words)

3) a catalog of scheduled exhibitions, with contact information, for 2023

This information will be subject to editing for form and correctness by O:JA&L staff editors.

O:JA&L claims first international rights, first North American rights, and the right to archive the accepted works on its website. In order to maximize exposure and promotion of our contributing artists, submitters acknowledge (and affirm their consent by submitting) that individual images published as part of the O:JA&L Artist Portfolios Series may be selected for further promotion (always with appropriate artist credit and links) and released in the Journal separately as focusing art for featured poetry and prose texts and/or released through the O:JA&L imprint Buttonhook Press as cover art for broadsides, pamphlets, chapbooks, and/or KDP titles.

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 available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee supports O:JA&L writers and artists and encourages a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors.

Submissions open October 15, 2022

Submissions close July 1, 2023

First releases for 2023 will be in January

Last releases for 2023 will be in October

STUDIO ARTS: Printmaking/Lithography.

Open Call for Featured Artist in the O:JA&L 2023 Artist Portfolio Series

2023 Featured Artist: Portfolio

OJAL Art Incorporated, publishing since 2017 as OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) and its imprint Buttonhook Press, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation registered in California.

For 2023, Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of printmaking and lithography under the following additional guidelines:

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

Submitted images may be executed in any artistic tradition and may be the product of any printmaking process or technique (woodcut, linocut, lithography, engraving, intaglio etc.).

Artists should include a single representative image file with the submission and a link to a portfolio/gallery containing at least 6 additional images. All images must be available to O:JA&L as image files that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the provided link meet guidelines and that permission is granted to O:JA&L by the submitter to select and publish any or all images from the linked portfolio/gallery.

Submitters must specify title, series (if any), image-making method, size, completion date and any other relevant information for each image. Links to professional and commercial sites where this art is available for purchase are encouraged.

In order to qualify for inclusion and promotion in the Featured Artists Portfolio Series, submitters must include, as part of the submission, a cover letter containing the following information:

1) a professional biographical statement in third person. This biography should contain at least 100 words (minimum) up to 250 words (maximum) and should include educational and training background, important past exhibitions, and notable awards.

2) a statement of artistic philosophy and a summary of artistic practice (preferred subjects, treatments, and techniques), and other pertinent information (not to exceed 500 words)

3) a catalog of scheduled exhibitions, with contact information, for 2023

This information will be subject to editing for form and correctness by O:JA&L staff editors.

O:JA&L claims first international rights, first North American rights, and the right to archive the accepted works on its website. In order to maximize exposure and promotion of our contributing artists, submitters acknowledge (and affirm their consent by submitting) that individual images published as part of the O:JA&L Artist Portfolios Series may be selected for further promotion (always with appropriate artist credit and links) and released in the Journal separately as focusing art for featured poetry and prose texts and/or released through the O:JA&L imprint Buttonhook Press as cover art for broadsides, pamphlets, chapbooks, and/or KDP titles.

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 available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee supports O:JA&L writers and artists and encourages a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors.

Submissions open October 15, 2022

Submissions close July 1, 2023

First releases for 2023 will be in January

Last releases for 2023 will be in October

STUDIO ARTS: Mixed Media.

Open Call for Featured Artist in the O:JA&L 2023 Artist Portfolio Series

2023 Featured Artist: Portfolio

OJAL Art Incorporated, publishing since 2017 as OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) and its imprint Buttonhook Press, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation registered in California.

For 2023, Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of mixed media art under the following additional guidelines:

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

Submitted images may be executed in any artistic tradition and may be the product of any mixed media construct- or image-making process or technique.

Artists should include a single representative image file with the submission and a link to a portfolio/gallery containing at least 6 additional images. All images must be available to O:JA&L as image files that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the provided link meet guidelines and that permission is granted to O:JA&L by the submitter to select and publish any or all images from the linked portfolio/gallery.

Submitters must specify title, series (if any), all media incorporated into the construct/image, completion date and any other relevant information for each image. Links to professional and commercial sites where this art is available for purchase are encouraged.

In order to qualify for inclusion and promotion in the Featured Artists Portfolio Series, submitters must include, as part of the submission, a cover letter containing the following information:

1) a professional biographical statement in third person. This biography should contain at least 100 words (minimum) up to 250 words (maximum) and should include educational and training background, past exhibitions, and notable awards.

2) a statement of artistic philosophy, a summary of artistic practice (preferred subjects, treatments, and techniques), and other pertinent information (not to exceed 500 words)

3) a catalog of scheduled exhibitions, with contact information, for 2023

This information will be subject to editing for form and correctness by O:JA&L staff editors.

O:JA&L claims first international rights, first North American rights, and the right to archive the accepted works on its website. In order to maximize exposure and promotion of our contributing artists, submitters acknowledge (and affirm their consent by submitting) that individual images published as part of the O:JA&L Artist Portfolios Series may be selected for further promotion (always with appropriate artist credit and links) and released in the Journal separately as focusing art for featured poetry and prose texts and/or released through the O:JA&L imprint Buttonhook Press as cover art for broadsides, pamphlets, chapbooks, and/or KDP titles.

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 available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee supports O:JA&L writers and artists and encourages a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors.

Submissions open October 15, 2022

Submissions close July 1, 2023

First releases for 2023 will be in January

Last releases for 2023 will be in October

STUDIO ARTS: Digital Art. Open Call for Featured Artist in the O:JA&L 2023 Artist Portfolio Series

2023 Featured Artist: Portfolio

OJAL Art Incorporated, publishing since 2017 as OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters(O:JA&L) and its imprint Buttonhook Press, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation registered in California.

For 2023, Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of digital art under the following additional guidelines:

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

Submitted images may be executed in any artistic tradition and may be the product of any digital image-making process or technique.

Artists should include a single representative image file with the submission and a link to a portfolio/gallery containing at least 6 additional images. All images must be available to O:JA&L as image files that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the provided link meet guidelines and that permission is granted to O:JA&L by the submitter to select and publish any or all images from the linked portfolio/gallery.

Submitters must specify title, series (if any), completion date and technical information for each image. Links to professional and commercial sites where this art is available for purchase are encouraged.

In order to qualify for inclusion and promotion in the Featured Artists Portfolio Series, submitters must include, as part of the submission, a cover letter containing the following information:

1) a professional biographical statement in third person. This biography should contain at least 100 words (minimum) up to 250 words (maximum) and should include educational and training background, past exhibitions, and notable awards.

2) a statement of artistic philosophy, a summary of artistic practice (preferred subjects, treatments, and techniques), and other pertinent information (not to exceed 500 words)

3) a catalog of scheduled exhibitions, with contact information, for 2023

This information will be subject to editing for form and correctness by O:JA&L staff editors.

O:JA&L claims first international rights, first North American rights, and the right to archive the accepted works on its website. In order to maximize exposure and promotion of our contributing artists, submitters acknowledge and affirm their consent by submitting, that individual images published as part of the O:JA&L Artist Portfolios Series may be selected for further promotion (always with appropriate artist credit and links) and released in the Journal separately as focusing art for featured poetry and prose texts and/or released through the O:JA&L imprint Buttonhook Press as cover art for broadsides, pamphlets, chapbooks, and/or KDP titles.

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 available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee supports O:JA&L writers and artists and encourages a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors.

Submissions open October 15, 2022

Submissions close July 1, 2023

First releases for 2023 will be in January

Last releases for 2023 will be in October

STUDIO ARTS: Painting & Drawing. Open call for submissions as Featured Artist in the 2023 O:JA&L Portfolio Series

2023 Featured Artist: Portfolio

OJAL Art Incorporated, publishing since 2017 as OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters(O:JA&L) and its imprint Buttonhook Press, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation registered in California.

For 2023, Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of painting and drawing in appropriate media under the following additional guidelines:

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

Submitted images may be executed in any artistic tradition in any medium and may be the product of any physical painting or drawing process or technique. Digital art should NOT be submitted in this category. Submissions of digital art will be considered in a separate category.

Artists should include a single representative .jpg/.jpeg image file with the submission and a link to a portfolio/gallery containing at least 6 additional .jpg/.jpeg images. All images must be available to O:JA&L as .jpg/.jpeg image files that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the provided link meet guidelines and that permission is granted to O:JA&L by the submitter to select among and publish any or all images from the linked portfolio/gallery.

Submitters must specify title, series (if any), completion date and other pertinent information for each image. Links to professional and commercial sites where this art is available for purchase are encouraged.

In order to qualify for inclusion and promotion in the Featured Artists Portfolio Series, submitters must include as part of the submission, a cover letter containing the following information:

1) a professional biographical statement in third person. This biography should contain at least 100 words (minimum) up to 250 words (maximum) and should include educational and training background, past exhibitions, and notable awards.

2) a statement of artistic philosophy, a summary of artistic practice (preferred subjects, treatments, and techniques) and other pertinent information (not to exceed 500 words)

3) a catalog of scheduled exhibitions, with contact information, for 2023

This information will be subject to editing for form and correctness by O:JA&L staff editors.

O:JA&L claims first international rights, first North American rights, and the right to archive the accepted works on its website. In order to maximize exposure and promotion of our contributing artists, submitters acknowledge and affirm their consent by submitting, that individual images published as part of the O:JA&L Artist Portfolios Series may be selected for further promotion (always with appropriate artist credit and links) and released in the Journal separately as focusing art for featured poetry and prose texts and/or released through the O:JA&L imprint Buttonhook Press as cover art for broadsides, pamphlets, chapbooks, and/or KDP titles.

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 available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee supports O:JA&L writers and artists and encourages a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors.

Submissions open October 15, 2022

Submissions close July 1, 2023

First releases for 2023 will be in January

Last releases for 2023 will be in October

STUDIO ARTS: Fine Art Photography. Open call for submissions as Featured Artist  in the O:JA&L 2023 Artist Portfolio Series 

2023 Featured Artist: 2023 Portfolio Series

OJAL Art Incorporated, publishing since 2017 as OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters(O:JA&L) and its imprint Buttonhook Press, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation registered in California.

For 2023, Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of fine art photography under the following additional guidelines:

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

Submitted images may be traditionally representational or experimental and may be the product of any creative process or technique.

Artists should include a single representative .jpg/.jpeg image file with the submission and a link to a portfolio/gallery containing at least 6 additional .jpg/.jpeg images. All images must be available to O:JA&L as .jpg/.jpeg image files that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. 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 or all images from the linked portfolio/gallery.

Submitters must specify title, series (if any), completion date and other pertinent information for each image. Appropriate technical information is also appreciated. Links to professional and commercial sites where this art is available for purchase are encouraged.

In order to qualify for inclusion and promotion in the Featured Artists Portfolio Series, submitters must include as part of the submission, a cover letter containing the following information:

1) a professional biographical statement in third person. This biography should contain at least 100 words (minimum) up to 250 words (maximum) and should include educational and training background, past exhibitions, and notable awards.

2) A statement of artistic philosophy, a summary of artistic practice (preferred subjects, treatments, and techniques) and other pertinent information (not to exceed 500 words)

3) A catalog of scheduled exhibitions, with contact information, for 2023

This information will be subject to editing for form and correctness by O:JA&L staff editors.

O:JA&L claims first international rights, first North American rights, and the right to archive the accepted works on its website. In order to maximize exposure and promotion of our contributing artists, submitters acknowledge and affirm their consent by submitting, that individual images published as part of the O:JA&L Artist Portfolios Series may be selected for further promotion (always with appropriate artist credit and links) and released in the Journal separately as focusing art for featured poetry and prose texts and/or released through the O:JA&L imprint Buttonhook Press as cover art for broadsides, pamphlets, chapbooks, and/or KDP titles.

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 available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee supports O:JA&L writers and artists and encourages a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors.

Submissions open October 15, 2022

Submissions close July 1, 2023

First releases for 2023 will be in January

Last releases for 2023 will be in October

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.

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 playwright 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

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