Submission guidelines and current calls for submissions

About Open: Journal of Arts & Letters

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

What to Submit: 

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of previously unpublished original work in flash fiction, creative nonfiction as essay or memoir, poetry in all styles and genres, as well as submissions of prose, poetry, and drama as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

How to Submit: 

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

Rights and Permissions:

As a condition of publication, O:JA&L reserves for previously unpublished work First North American Rights and one-time worldwide Internet rights. O:JA&L also reserves the right to permanently archive work(s) online and to consider it/them for a print anthology release. 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 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.

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, artistic influences, and important publications and awards.

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:  

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 weeks.

Submissions Fees: 

Until further notice, all categories are open to "fee-free" submissions until the total of submissions reaches 100 for the month. After 100 submissions, the structure of fees payable to Submittable by publications using Submittable services makes it necessary for Open: Journal of Arts & Letters to require a nominal submission fee of three dollars (3 USD) for all submissions in all categories unless otherwise noted (for current exceptions, see above). At least one category will always be open to fee-free submissions. 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. Please note that O:JA&L publishes 1% of unsolicited submissions.

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.

Header art: No Man's Land 3, oil painting by Bernard Dumaine, 2002 licensed under: Free Art License: http://artlibre.org/licence/lal/en/

STUDIO ARTS: Fine Art Photography

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters considers images of fine art photography. Images in a submission must be contained in a single file or made available through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. Images must be provided with a resolution of at least 72/96 dpi and as a .tiff or .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Submit images of at least six separate works of fine art. Submit at least 6 but no more than 10 images in total.

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee guarantees a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. Please note that we accept 1% of unsolicited submissions for publication.

$3.00
STUDIO ARTS: Digital Art

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters accepts images of fine art in digital art. Images in a submission must be contained in a single file or made available through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. Images must be provided with a resolution of 72/96 dpi and as a .tiff or .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Submit images of at least six separate works of fine art. Submit at least 6 but no more than 10 images in total.

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee guarantees a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. Please note that we accept 1% of unsolicited submissions for publication.

$3.00

STUDIO ARTS: Mixed Media

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters accepts images of fine art in mixed media. Images in a submission must be contained in a single file or made available through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. Images must be provided with a resolution of 72/96 dpi and as a .tiff or .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Submit images of at least six separate works of fine art. Submit at least 6 but no more than 10 images in total.

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee guarantees a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. Please note that we accept 1% of unsolicited submissions for publication.

STUDIO ARTS: Sculpture and Installations

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters accepts images of fine art in sculpture and installations. Images in a submission must be contained in a single file or made available through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. Images must be provided with a resolution of 72/96 dpi and as a .tiff or .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Submit images of at least six separate works of fine art. Submit at least 6 but no more than 10 images in total.

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee guarantees a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. Please note that we accept 1% of unsolicited submissions for publication.

STUDIO ARTS: Printmaking and Lithography

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters accepts images of fine art in printmaking and lithography. Images in a submission must be contained in a single file or made available through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. Images must be provided with a resolution of 72/96 dpi and as a .tiff or .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Submit images of at least six separate works of fine art. Submit at least 6 but no more than 10 images in total. 

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee guarantees a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. Please note that we accept 1% of unsolicited submissions for publication.

STUDIO ARTS: Painting and Drawing  

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters accepts images of fine art in all drawing and painting media. Images in a submission must be contained in a single file or made available through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. Images must be provided with a resolution of 72/96 dpi and as a .tiff or .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Submit images of at least six separate works of fine art. Submit at least 6 but no more than 10 images in total. 

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available (see fee option below). Payment of this fee requires a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. Please note that O:JA&L accepts less than 1% of unsolicited submissions for publication.

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider fee-free submissions of flash fiction and short fiction, and creative nonfiction as flash essay or memoir. This is limited to the first 50 submissions, after which limit is reached, submissions will close. Submissions may contain up to three pieces, no piece containing more than 1,000 words, counting its title, byline and any epigraph. Each title should begin a new page. All titles in a submission should be contained in a single file.  Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, and .flv.

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee guarantees a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. Please note that we accept 1% of unsolicited submissions for publication.

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, or memoir up to 7500 words. Submissions may contain one title with a total word count of no more than 7,500 words, counting its title, byline and any epigraph. Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, and .flv.

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee guarantees a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. Please note that we accept 1% of unsolicited submissions for publication.

$3.00
$3.00

Haibun

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will accept submissions of haibun. Submissions may contain up to five poems with a total word count, including titles, of no more than 3000 words. The word count for each piece should be included in a cover letter. The poems should be contained in a single file. The submission should give a strong sense of the poet’s style and range. Haibun, tanka prose, and prose poetry should all be submitted in this category. Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx.

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available (see fee option below). Payment of this fee guarantees a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. Please note that we accept 1% of unsolicited submissions for publication. 

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of poetry in all forms, styles, and genres. Submissions may contain up to five poems with a total word count, including titles, of no more than 3000 words. The word count for each piece should be included in a cover letter. The poems should be contained in a single file. The submission should give a strong sense of the poet’s style and range. Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, and .flv.

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available (see fee option below). Payment of this fee guarantees a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. Please note that we accept 1% of unsolicited submissions for publication. 

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, or memoir as sequential art stories up to 10 pages in length. Submissions may contain a single title. Images must be provided with a resolution of 72/96 dpi and as a .tiff or .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Submissions should be a maximum of 10 1-page files and must be in one of the following file formats: PNG, JPG, or GIF.

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee guarantees a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. Please note that we accept 1% of unsolicited submissions for publication.

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider one-act dramas of up to 7,500 words whose impact can be experienced both on the page and in production. Submit a file with a word count of up to 7,500 words, including title, byline, dramatis personae, and stage direction.Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider plays that have been previously published but are out of print AND OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE ONLINE, plays that have been produced, and plays never before produced or published. Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, and .flv.

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee guarantees a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. Please note that we accept 1% of unsolicited submissions for publication.

 

$3.00
$3.00

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

Format

All submissions should be in standard screenplay format, using Courier 12-point font.

·       Page size: 8-1/2 by 11 inches

·       Page margins: 1.5 inches (left), 1 inch (right, top, bottom)

·       Scene heading (slugline): 1.5 inches indented

·       Action: 1.5 inches indented

·       Dialogue: 2.5 inches indented

·       Character names: 3.5 inches indented

·       Please make sure your script does not include images or excessive amounts of special text such as bold, italic or underline.

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
  • RTF: allows file to be opened and edited in all word-processing applications.

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 available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee guarantees a 72-hour response by the O:JA&L editors. Please note that we accept 1% of unsolicited submissions for publication.