2020 Calls for Themed Submissions

Selected Studio Arts

Call for studio art: mixed media landscape.
2020 theme: “Aubade”/Alternate theme: “Nocturne”

SUBMIT

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 Previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet.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

 

Call for fine art photography: still life.
2020 Theme: “The sacredness of common things”

SUBMIT

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 Previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet.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

 

Call for studio art: woodblock prints, woodcuts, linocuts, lithographs, or engravings.
2020 theme: “Landscape with ruins”

SUBMIT

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

 

Call for studio art: watercolors.
2020 Theme: “Military”/Alternate theme: “First Responders”

SUBMIT

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

 

Call for studio art: Oil, acrylic/other paintings on canvas/other.
2020 Theme: “Lovers”

SUBMIT

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 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: Pastels or charcoal on paper/other.
2020 Theme: “Naturalism: Tranche de Vie”

SUBMIT

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

 

OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters Annual 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

SUBMIT

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 September 10.
· Short-list finalists will be named and notified by September 30.
· The winners will be announced by October 10.
· 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.

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.

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.

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

SUBMIT

Category opens: January 1, 2020
Category closes: August 31, 2020

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee. Payment of this fee encourages a 72-hour yes-or-no response by the O:JA&L screeners.