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Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider submissions of previously unpublished original work in flash fiction, creative nonfiction as essay or memoir, poetry in all styles and genres, as well as submissions of prose, poetry, and drama as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As a condition of publication, O:JA&L reserves for previously unpublished work First North American Rights and one-time worldwide Internet rights.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


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 36 (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. An acknowledgments page is not included as part of the page count.

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

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

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

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

Conditions:

Chapbooks accepted for publication will be released to readers as free PDFs through the O:JA&L website and will enjoy limited distribution as O:JA&L subscriber premiums. No ISBNs will be associated with these titles. Copyright for the PDF versions of these chapbooks will reside permanently with O:JA&L’s Buttonhook Press and other rights will be reserved on behalf of each author. 

Submissions open February 1.  Submissions close December 1.

Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Flash Discourse

Half Flash.

2021 Theme: “A New Leaf/A Reverdie.” Interpret the theme in its broadest sense.

400 words minimum, 500 words maximum, not including title and by-line.

Submit up to 4 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: Flash Fiction/Half Flash.”

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

Submissions open July 1. Submissions close December 30.

Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Flash Discourse as Double Flash (Short-short)
2021 Theme: “Symbolism: The Thing Itself.”


2000 words minimum, 2100 words maximum, not including title and by-line.
Submit up to 2 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: Flash Fiction/Double Flash/Symbolism.”
No reading fees apply. “Expedited” consideration is available for a fee.

Submissions open January 1.                              Submissions close September 30.

Annual Call for Submissions: Experimental Discourse to 2000 words

2021 theme: "1 of 24-- the story of an hour"

2000 words minimum, 2100 words maximum, not including title and by-line. 

Submit up to 2 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 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: Experimental Fiction to 2000 words.” 

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

Submissions open January 1. 

Submissions close November 1.

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

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: Mixed Forms

SEQUENTIAL ART STORIES/Graphic Narratives, Manga/Manhua/Manhwa, Bandas Desenhadas/Fumetti

2021 theme: "Revelation."

25 pages maximum for each individual work.

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Submit a single work of up to 25 pages as a PDF document file. Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and includes a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. To make your work eligible for an O:JA&L YouTube event, mark the Affirmative Permission/Release box on the submissions form. 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: Sequential Art Stories.”

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

Submissions open January 1. Submissions close December 30.

Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Mixed Forms

Haibun/Tanka Prose.

2021 theme: "Parable." Interpret the theme in its broadest sense.

35 prose lines maximum for each individual work.

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: Haibun/Tanka Prose.”

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

Submissions open January 1.           Submissions close December 30.

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. To make this content eligible for an O:JA&L YouTube event, mark the Affirmative Permission/Release box on the submission form. 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 Annual Call for Themed Submissions:
Dramatic Monologue in blank verse.

2021 theme: "Apology"
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 of up to 50 words. To make this content eligible for an O:JA&L YouTube event, mark the Affirmative Permission/Release box on the submission form. 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 December 30.

Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Elegy, 100 lines maximum

O:JA&L will consider fee-free submissions in the category Elegy, 100 lines maximum.  2021 theme: "Lost Cause."

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Personal, impersonal, and pastoral elegies in all forms and styles are welcome. 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: Elegy.”

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

Submissions accepted for publication in this category are eligible for processing as a YouTube event for the O:JA&L YouTube channel. Check the affirmative permission box if you want your submission to go to the O:JA&L readers-in-performance for processing as a YouTube event. 

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) encourages performance art in this category. Submissions as audio or video must include only a single title and be approximately 5 minutes in length. A COMPLETE 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.

If accepted for publication, the text version will appear in the Journal proper with a link to the O:JA&L YouTube channel where your voice work or video will be presented.

Submissions open JAnuary 1. Submissions close DECEMBER 30. 

Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Prose Poetry. 

2021 Theme “New Empire”

1000 words maximum, not including title and by-line. 

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Submit up to 3 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 Submissions: Prose Poetry.” 

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

Submissions open July 1.

Submissions close December 31.

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. Works of less than 500 words accepted and published in this category are eligible for production as an O:JA&L YouTube event.

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 audio or video files. Such submissions must be in mp3 or MP4 file formats. Submissions accepted in this category are eligible for production as an O:JA&L YouTube 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.

Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Prose Discourse

Nonfiction: Memoir, CNF, or Personal Essay.

2021 theme: "1 of 24- The Story of an Hour"

3000 words minimum, 10000 words maximum, not including title and by-line.

Submissions should contain from 3000 up to 10,000 words, not counting the title, byline and any epigraph. Submissions in this category must be in the .docx file format. Follow other general guidelines that may apply. 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: Nonfiction: Memoir, CNF, or Personal Essay."

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

Submissions open January 1.           Submissions close December 30.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Submitters should include a cover letter. This cover letter should contain a HEADER for the script, a LOGLINE of up to 30 words, and a SYNOPSIS of the work (without spoilers) of up to 150 words. The cover letter should also supply a third-person professional biography of the submitter in 100 words, more or less, and a link to the submitter's IMDb page, if available. 

Format

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

Length

·      Movie screenplay: 85-160 pages

·      Movie concept video: 2-15 minutes

·      Drama series pilot script: 50-70 pages

File Types

Text:·       

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

Video:

  • MP4 (preferred)
  • FLV

Language

English only.

Public Domain

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

Expedited Evaluation

Expedited evaluation of your submission is now available in this category

Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Studio Art

Digital Art

Asymmetrical image.
2021 theme: “Pilgrimage”

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

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Images should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet other guidelines and that permission is granted by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. Images selected for publication must be provided to O:JA&L as a .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Each image should specify title, series (if any), medium (creative software), size, and completion date. Links to commercial sites, if any, where images are available for purchase are welcome.

Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and include a professional biography of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Digital Art.”

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

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

Category opens January 1, 2021.  Category closes December 30, 2021.

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. 

Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Studio Art as Mixed Media Landscape image.
2021 theme: “Horizon”

Images may be representational or abstract and may be the product of any mixed media creative process or technique.  Each image should specify title, series (if any), medium, size, and completion date. To support our contributing artists, links to commercial sites where images are available for purchase are welcome.

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Images should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet other guidelines and that permission is granted by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. Images selected for publication must be provided to O:JA&L as a .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide.

Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and include a professional biography of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Mixed Media art.”

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

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

Category opens January 1. 

Category closes December 30.

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. 

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

Interior scene.
2021 Theme: “The Open Window”
Images may be representational or abstract and may be the product of any creative painting process or technique.

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Images should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet guidelines and that permission is granted by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. Each image should specify title, series (if any), medium, size, and completion date. Links to commercial site where images are available for purchase are welcome.

Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and include a professional biography of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Print-making.”

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

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

Category opens January 1. Category closes December 31.

Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Studio Art as Symbolism in pastels or charcoal on paper/other.
2021 Theme: “Proverb”

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

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Images should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet guidelines and that permission is granted by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. Each image should specify title, series (if any), medium, size, and completion date. Links to commercial site where images are available for purchase are welcome.

Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and include a professional biography of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Print-making.”

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

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

Category opens January 1. Category closes December 1.

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

Portrait.
2021 Theme: “A New Leaf/A Reverdie”

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

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Images should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet guidelines and that permission is granted by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. Each image should specify title, series (if any), medium, size, and completion date. Links to commercial site where images are available for purchase are welcome.

Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and include a professional biography of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Watercolor.”

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

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

Category opens January 1, 2020. Category closes December 31, 2020

Studio Arts: 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.

Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Studio Art. Fine Art Photograph as cityscape or street scene.

2021 Theme: “New Empire”

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

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Images should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet guidelines and that permission is granted by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. Each image should specify title, series (if any), medium, size, and completion date. Links to commercial site where images are available for purchase are welcome.

Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and include a professional biography of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Fine Art Photography.”

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

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

Category opens January 1. Category closes December 1.

Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Studio Art
woodcuts, linocuts, lithographs, or engravings.

Female Figure Study.
2020 theme: “Requiem”

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

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Images should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet guidelines and that permission is granted by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. Each image should specify title, series (if any), medium, size, and completion date. Links to commercial site where images are available for purchase are welcome.

Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and include a professional biography of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Print-making.”

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

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

Category opens January 1. Category closes December 1.

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. 

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Annual Jackpot Art Prize

O:JA&L and its imprint BUTTONHOOK PRESS are accepting submissions of visual art for the Annual O:JA&L Art Prize.

Entry fee: $25 (Payable through Submittable)

(Grand Champion) Blue Ribbon cash prize: 50% of Entry fees
(Reserve Grand Champion) Red Ribbon cash prize: 20% of entry fees
(Champion) White Ribbon cash prize: 10% of entry fees

Contest Guidelines, Fees, and Conditions:
· Artists must enter online.
· Submissions must be made by or before 11:59 pm EST on August 31, 2020.
· The entry fee for all submissions is $25.00 USD per digital file. Digital files may contain only one image.
· Entry fees may be paid through Submittable.
· Entry fees are not refundable.
· There is no limit to the number of entries an artist may submit. The entry fee of $25.00 USD is required for each image.
· All properly prepared entries will be viewed and judged.
· Employees of O:JA&L and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.

· All entrants will individually receive through Submittable either a notice of acceptance for publication or a message declining publication.
· All accepted submissions are considered Quarter Finalists.
· Long-list semi-finalists will be named and notified by December 10.
· Short-list finalists will be named and notified by December 30.
· The winners will be announced by January 15 and premiums will be paid through PayPal by January 20.
· The decisions of the screeners and the judge are final.

Eligible Submissions:
· Submissions may come from both professional and emerging artists, illustrators, and graphic designers from anywhere in the world.*
· Submissions are open to photography, painting, drawing, mixed media, and digital art.
· Submissions should be original with the submitter, unpublished, and not available to an image search on the internet.
· Submissions should not be under consideration elsewhere.
· Submissions will be screened initially by O:JA&L editors.
· All accepted images will be published in O:JA&L

· Compositions based on published material or other artists’ works are NOT considered original and are not eligible.
· Paintings or other images executed in a workshop or classroom setting under another artist’s supervision are eligible, provided such information is provided upon entry.
· All entries must be submitted as digital files through our Submissions Manager.

Image requirements for entries:  Submit JPG files. Entrants should keep the file size under 5 MB to ensure proper uploading. The file as attached by the entrant is exactly as it will appear to the evaluators.

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.

Artists should specify the image 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.

Entry fees from the O:JA&L Art Prize support the annual cash prizes and O:JA&L’s pamphlet series. O:JA&L reserves the right to reject immediately work that the screeners and the judge regard as unsuitable for publication or work that does not meet the published submissions guidelines or criteria.

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

Category opens January 1. Category closes December 1.

SUBMIT

*Due to SEC/DHS restrictions O:JA&L is unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, or North Korea.

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