OPEN: 

Journal of Arts & Letters


General submission guidelines and current calls for submissions

About Open: Journal of Arts & Letters

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters is a privately-owned publication that offers a range of contemporary aesthetic experiences made available through several media platforms. Open: Journal of Arts & Letters has as its primary ambition to gather, publish, and popularize notable contemporary writing and other fine arts and to promote the work of its contributors to a varied and discerning audience in the English-speaking world and beyond. Open: Journal of Arts & Letters offers its audience the opportunity to sample an array of artistic expressions presented in several media by both emerging and established contemporary artists, writers, musicians, and videographers from around the world. 

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

What to Submit: 

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of previously unpublished original work in flash fiction, creative nonfiction as essay or memoir, poetry in all styles and genres, as well as submissions of prose, poetry, and drama as audio or video files.  Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will also consider queries for appropriate academic articles, long fiction suitable for serial publication, craft essays, book reviews, art/gallery reviews, music reviews, arts collaborations, and interviews with artists, musicians, photographers, poets, videographers, writers, and others.  

How to Submit: 

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will accept submissions only through an electronic Submissions Manager. Send submissions for the categories listed or send an entry to any specific Contest. Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, and .flv.

Rights and Permissions:

As a condition of publication, O:JA&L reserves for previously unpublished work First North American Rights and one-time worldwide Internet rights. O:JA&L also reserves the right to permanently archive work(s) online and to consider it/them for a print anthology release AND TO OFFER THEM IN NOMINATION FOR AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS THAT REQUIRE PERMISSION FOR THE AWARD-GRANTING AUTHORITY TO REPRINT. Thirty (30) days following publication, all other rights revert to the artist/writer. In the event new work(s) first appearing in O:JA&L  is/are reprinted elsewhere, O:JA&L should be credited as the first publisher. 

License to Publish:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cover Letters: 

Submitters should include a short cover letter that references the submitter’s background, experience, and important publications and awards. The cover letter should include a third-person professional biography of up to 100 words.

Submissions Formatting: 

All submissions (including captions for images) should be set in 12-point Garamond type and should be formatted with one-inch margins and sequentially numbered pages (page numbers to appear as footers). Fiction and nonfiction should be double-spaced. Poetry, including prose poetry, should be single-spaced. The submitter’s name, address, telephone number, and email address should appear at the top of the first page. Subsequent pages should use the author’s name and email address as a header. Submitters should include a formal third-person biographical note (up to 50 words) for publication in the “Artists Index.” Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, and .flv.

Reading Periods:  

Unsolicited submissions may be sent at any time, year-round. 

Simultaneous Submissions: 

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters accepts simultaneous submissions. Submitters should immediately notify Open: Journal of Arts & Letters  through the Activity feature of the submission system if work under consideration by Open: Journal of Arts & Letters is accepted elsewhere. 

Response Times: 

Response times vary from one to twelve OR MORE weeks.

Submissions Fees: 

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

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

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

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

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

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters is a magazine with the ambition of popularizing good literary and artistic work. Open: Journal of Arts & Letters desires to connect our audience members to our artists. Open: Journal of Arts & Letters is committed to publishing debut and emerging writers and artists as well as those already established.

EXPEDITED EVALUATION OPTION: Expedited evaluation of unsolicited submissions is available for a fee of $5 USD. Expedited evaluation guarantees a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. CAVEAT: O:JA&L publishes 1% of unsolicited submissions. NOTE: EXPEDITED EVALUATION IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES: PROSE SUBMISSIONS OF 1001-10,000 WORDS, DRAMA SUBMISSIONS, AND SCREEN PLAYS.

Payments to submitters: 

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters is strongly committed to promoting our artists’ works and maintains a varied, sustained, and powerful social media program to serve that end. At present, Open: Journal of Arts & Letters offers no payment to contributors.


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.

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider fee-free submissions of flash fiction and short fiction, and creative nonfiction as flash essay or memoir. Submissions may contain up to three pieces, no piece containing more than 1,000 words, counting its title, byline and any epigraph. Each title should begin a new page. All titles in a submission should be contained in a single file.  Submissions must be in one of the .docx file formats.

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

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

Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Flash Discourse/Micro-Flash. 2020 theme: “Aubade”

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

Submit up to 10 separate pieces in one document. Start each piece on a new page. Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and include a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Micro Flash.” 

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

Submissions open January 1.

Submissions close March 31.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Dramatic Monologue in blank verse.
2020 Theme: “Poor Excuses.”

75 lines maximum, not including title and by-line.

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

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

Submissions open January 1.                    Submissions close June 30.

Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Narrative Poetry, all forms and styles.
2020 Theme: “A Long Obedience” 

50 lines maximum, not including title and by-line.

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Submit up to 10 separate pieces in one document file. Start each piece on a new page. Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Submissions in this category must be in the .docx file format. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and includes a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Narrative Poetry, all forms and styles.”

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

Submissions open January 1.                    Submissions close March 31.

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

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

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

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

NOTE: EXPEDITED CONSIDERATION IS NOT AVAILABLE IN THIS CATEGORY.

LEO, Flash Memoir or CNF

Up to 1000 words

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) will consider fee-free submissions of memoir and creative nonfiction based in law enforcement experience in an urban setting. Submissions are open to both active duty and retired law enforcement personnel in any jurisdiction in the world and includes military police and bail bondsmen. Submissions may be in English or Russian. Submissions may contain up to three pieces, no single piece to contain more than 1,000 words, counting 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 in this category must be in the .docx file format.  Follow other general guidelines that may apply.  When possible, each piece should state as a subtitle the time, date, and jurisdiction of the described action.

THESE ARE FEE-FREE SUBMISSIONS. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “LEO: Experience in an urban setting.”

A cover letter should include a brief professional biography in third person of up to 100 words.

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

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for a fee. 

 Submissions open SEPTEMBER 1, 2019. Submissions close MARCH 31, 2020.  

Nonfiction: Combat Memoir, CNF, or Personal Essay. 

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) will consider fee-free submissions of memoir, creative nonfiction, and personal essay based in war experience while deployed in a frontline combat role. Submissions should contain from 1,0001 up to 10,000 words, not counting the title, byline and any epigraph. This call extends to all active-duty military personnel including MERCs and military contractors and to Allied, Axis, NATO, and Warsaw Pact veterans, to veterans of the Korean Conflict, to veterans of Operation Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom, and to IDF veterans. Submissions may be in English or in Russian. Submissions in this category must be in the .docx file format. Any accompanying illustrations, photographs, or maps provided to O:JA&L by the writer should be submitted as .jpeg files. When possible, each work should state as a subtitle the nation, service arm, operation designation, combat unit designation, and the time, date, and location of the described action.

To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “War experience while deployed in a frontline combat role.”

The cover letter should include a brief professional biography in third person of up to 100 words, including where appropriate the writer’s service arm, unit designation, rank, and MOS.

Expedited evaluation of submissions is not available in this category. 

This call opens SEPTEMBER 1, 2019 and closes AUGUST 30, 2020.

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

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

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

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

 

OPEN: Journal of Arts and Letters will consider fee-free submissions of screen plays as Feature Film script, Concept Video, or Series Pilot script. O:JA&L will nominate a qualified screen play for the BLUECAT awards in each category. 

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

Format

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

Length

·      Movie screenplay: 85-160 pages

·      Movie concept video: 2-15 minutes

·      Drama series pilot script: 50-70 pages

File Types

Text:·       

  • PDF: easy to format and easy for others to read and review

Video:

  • MP4
  • FLV

Language

English only.

Public Domain

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

Expedited Evaluation

Expedited evaluation of your submission is now available in this category

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, or memoir as sequential art stories up to 25 pages in length. Submissions may contain a single title. Submissions should be submitted in a single file and must be in PDF file format. 

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

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

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

Hermione Laake is an award-nominated writer and published emerging author and is an associate of the Society of Authors. In 2012 she published her debut sequel to Jane Eyre, a novella cum short story, “Betha’s Journal: A Perfect Immleman [n] sic Turn” under her pen name, Hermione Wilds. In 2016 Laake appeared on Susan Wingate’s Blog Talk Radio to discuss writing influences. In recent years Laake has focused on writing short stories, two of which have been accepted for publication; her most recent work is “Black Ink and Anxiety,” published with O: JA&L. Laake held the post of Chair and Secretary of Competitions for Hampshire Writers’ Society from 2012-2013, supporting emerging authors and running monthly creative competitions. Laake is currently working on a Creative Writing MA, some performance work, and several novels and short stories. She is open to collaborating creatively.

STUDIO ARTS: Digital Art

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

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

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

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

STUDIO ARTS: Mixed Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call for studio art: mixed media landscape. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Category opens: January 1, 2020 

Category closes: December 31, 2020

STUDIO ARTS: Painting and Drawing  

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

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

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

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

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

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

2020 Theme: “Lovers”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Category opens:  January 1, 2020

Category closes:  December 31, 2020

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

2020 Theme: “Naturalism: Tranche de Vie”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Category opens:  January 1, 2020 

Category closes:  December 31, 2020

Call for studio art: watercolors. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Category opens: January 1, 2020 

Category closes: December 31, 2020

STUDIO ARTS: Fine Art Photography

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

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

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

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

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

Call for fine art photography: still life. 

2020 Theme: “The sacredness of common things”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Category opens: January 1, 2020 

Category closes: December 31, 2020

STUDIO ARTS: Printmaking and Lithography

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

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

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

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

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

2020 theme: “Landscape with ruins”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Category opens: January 1, 2020 

Category closes: December 31, 2020

STUDIO ARTS: Sculpture and Installations

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

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

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

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

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

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


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