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Abstract: Contemporary Expressions
Submission guidelines and current calls for submissions

About Abstract: Abstract is a new broad-concept publication that offers subscribers a range of satisfying aesthetic experiences made available through electronic media. Abstract has as its primary ambition to gather, publish, and popularize notable contemporary writing and fine arts and to promote the work of its contributors to a varied and discerning international audience. To serve that end, Abstract maintains a systematic, innovative, and powerful presence across social media. Abstract offers its audience the opportunity to sample an array of artistic expressions from around the world presented by both emerging and established contemporary artists in all media. The projected release date for Abstract is December 1, 2016.

What to Submit: With this Call, Abstract will consider submissions of original work in fiction, creative nonfiction essay or memoir, poetry, and short drama as well as submissions of prose, poetry, and drama as audio or video files. Abstract will consider work previously published in small-circulation journals, websites, or blogs with credit to first publishers. Abstract will also consider queries for appropriate academic articles, craft essays, book reviews, art/gallery reviews, music reviews, arts collaborations, and interviews with artists, models, musicians, photographers, poets, videographers, writers, and others.  

How to Submit: Abstract will accept submissions only through an electronic Submissions Manager. Send submissions for the following categories: General Submissions, Story of the Week, Poem of the Week, Fine Art Image of the Week, Audio of the Week, Photography Folio of the Week, Photographic Essay of the Week, Video of the Week, Music of the Week, Model of the Week, or send an entry to any specific Contest (See current “Calls for Submissions”). Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, .txt, .odf, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, and .flv.

Technical Difficulties: In the event of technical difficulties with submissions, Contact Abstract Tech.

Cover Letters: Submitters should include a short cover letter that references the submitter’s background, experience, artistic influences, and major 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 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 third-person biographical notes (up to 50 words) for publication in the “Artists Index”. Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, .txt, .odf, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, and .flv.

Reading Periods:  Submissions may be sent at any time, year-round.

Simultaneous Submissions: Abstract accepts simultaneous submissions. Submitters should  immediately notify Abstract through the Activity feature of the submission system if work under consideration by Abstract is accepted elsewhere.

Response Times: Response times vary from one to twelve weeks.

Submissions Fees: Abstract requires no submission fees at this time. Abstract is a magazine with the ambition of popularizing good literary and artistic work. Abstract desires to connect our audience members to our artists. Abstract is committed to publishing debut and emerging writers and artists as well as those already established.

Payments to submitters: Abstract is strongly committed to promoting our artists’ works and maintains a varied, sustained, and powerful social media program to serve that end. At present, Abstract offers no payment to contributors.

Word Counts/Other Guidelines:

FLASH FICTION/SHORT STORY/CREATIVE NONFICTION/MEMOIR: Abstract will consider flash fiction and short fiction, creative nonfiction and memoir, including work previously published in small-circulation journals, websites, or blogs with credit to first publishers. Submissions may contain several titles but should contain no more than a single file of up to 1,000 words, counting titles.
 Each title should begin a new page. Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, .txt, .odf, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, and .flv.

SUBMISSIONS OF 1,001 to 15,000 WORDS: Abstract will consider a variety of genres and styles of submissions. These may include short stories, creative nonfiction essays/memoirs, academic essays, one-act plays, and other complete short works of nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of fiction and nonfiction.
 This call includes work previously published in small-circulation journals, websites, or blogs with credit to first publishers. Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, .txt, .odf, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, and .flv. Query [email protected] before submitting reviews, interviews, craft essays, or academic writing.

NOVELLAS: Abstract will consider submissions of chapbooks, novellas, novelettes, and other long works that are less than book length for serial publication. These may contain between 15,000 and 40,000 words. For works of this length, submit the first 15,000 words with a synoposis. (The editor will request the complete version if the work is suitable for Abstract.)


POETRY: Abstract 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 1000 words. The poems should be contained in a single file. The submission should give a strong sense of the poet’s style and range. Abstract accepts submissions of all poetic forms and genres. Haiga, haibun, tanka prose, and prose poetry should be submitted in this category. Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, .txt, .odf, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, and .flv.

ONE-ACT PLAYS: Abstract will consider one-act dramas of up to 15,000 words whose impact can be experienced both on the page and in production. Abstract will consider plays that have been previously published but are out of print, plays that have been produced, and plays never before produced or published. Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, .txt, .odf, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, and .flv.

WORKS IN TRANSLATION: Abstract accepts translations on the condition that publication rights are granted formally in writing by the original author of the work or by legal representatives or agents of the original author. The original publisher must be cited as well.


FINE ART IMAGES:  Abstract accepts photographic images of works of fine art in all media. Photographs in a submission must be contained in a single .doc, .rtf, .pdf, .docx, or .txt file, or a link to an online portfolio must be included. Images should be submitted in low resolution; however, upon acceptance, images must be provided with a resolution of at least 300 dpi or greater, and as a .tiff or .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Submit images of at least three separate works of fine art. Submit at least 6 but no more than 10 images in total. Photographer must be identified and credited.

PHOTOGRAPHY FOLIOS: Abstract considers submissions of fine art photography. Submissions are evaluated on the basis of technical expertise, composition, image quality, variety, theme, and artistry. Folio submissions should contain at least five and no more than 10 images. Photographs in a submission must be contained in a single .doc, .rtf, .pdf, .docx, or .txt file, or a link to an online portfolio must be included. Images should be submitted in low resolution; however, upon acceptance, images must be provided with a resolution of at least 300 dpi or greater, and as a .tiff or .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide.

Photographers should also include the following information:

  • brief first-person biographical note (up to 150 words) outlining your own background and experience, your training or experience in photography, your artistic influences, your publications or awards;
  • a short description of the location/s where these photos were taken (including time of day, weather conditions, etc.);
  • what philosophical, emotional, or moral statement is intended by each of the images individually;
  • any interesting anecdote about this particular photo shoot/s;
  • any interesting details about the model/s (Why did you select him/her/them for this particular shoot, etc?);
  • the technical data concerning equipment, lighting, composition, focus, shutter-speed etc. for the individual images;
  • captions for images (optional) or permission to caption images with quotations from literature;
  • contact information or links through which you might respond to expressions of appreciation or other comments by our audience members;
  • links to commercial sources where your work is available for purchase.  

PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAYS: Abstract accepts photographic essays, including travel logs, of at least 5 but no more than 10 images. Captions and written narratives that accompany photography should create a single unity of impression. Photographs in a submission must be contained in a single .doc, .rtf, .pdf, .docx, or .txt file. Images should be submitted in low resolution; however, upon acceptance, images must be provided with a resolution of at least 300 dpi or greater and as a .tiff or .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Captions or text submitted with images should be contained in the single file that contains the images. The captions or text should be numbered or placed to indicate a corresponding order with the photographs. All written portions of the submission should be in 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins, and pages should be sequentially numbered (see general guidelines above).

Photographic essayists should also include the following information:

  • brief first-person biographical note (up to 150 words) outlining your own background and experience, your training or experience in photography, your artistic influences, your publications or awards;
  • a short description of the location/s where these photos were taken (including time of day, weather conditions, etc.);
  • what philosophical, emotional, or moral statement is intended by each of the images individually;
  • any interesting anecdote about this particular photo shoot/s;
  • any interesting details about the model/s (Why did you select him/her/them for this particular shoot, etc?);
  • the technical data concerning equipment, lighting, composition, focus, shutter-speed etc. for the individual images;
  • contact information or links through which you might respond to expressions of appreciation or other comments by our audience members;
  • links to commercial sources where your work is available for purchase.  

MODELING PORTFOLIOS: Abstract considers submissions of models’ portfolios. Images in submissions should highlight each model’s versatility and suitability for both commercial and artistic modeling roles. Images must be contained in the single .doc, .rtf, .pdf, .docx, or .txt file. Captions and text should be numbered or placed to indicate a corresponding order with the images. All written portions of the submission should be in 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins, and pages should be sequentially numbered (see general guidelines above). Images should be submitted in low resolution; however, upon acceptance, images must be provided with a resolution of at least 300 dpi or greater, and as a .tiff or .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Submit at least 5 and no more than 10 images in a single file.

Models should also include the following information:

  • brief first-person biographical note (up to 200 words) outlining your own background and experience, your training/mentors, your artistic influences, your notable publications or awards;
  • a title for the portfolio (the model’s name will be sufficient);
  • brief captions for images (up to 20 words for each image);
  • Photographer’s (or agency’s) credit for each image;  
  • a short description of the location/s where these photos were taken;
  • a brief explanation of the commercial or artistic circumstances which dictated each image;
  • your own personal reaction to each of the images (up to 50 words for each image);
  • any interesting anecdote about your modeling experience (up to 100 words);
  • contact information or agency links through which you might respond to expressions of appreciation or other comments by our audience members.

AUDIO: Submissions may be fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, or music. Audio submissions must be in MP3 format and may be up to ten minutes long. Artists may submit an audio link.

VIDEO submissions may be short films and documentaries (including music and dance performances) of up to 15 minutes. Submissions must be in .mp4 or .mov format.

ACADEMIC ARTICLES: These may run up to 10,000 words (not including “Sources Cited”). Query first.

PRACTITIONERS’ CRAFT ARTICLES: These may run up to 5000 words. Query first.

INTERVIEWS WITH WRITERS, ARTISTS, PERFORMERS and OTHERS: The word count will vary depending upon interview subject. Query first.

BOOK REVIEWS: The word count will vary depending upon review subject. Query first.

ART/GALLERY REVIEWS: The word count will vary depending upon review subject. Query first.

MUSIC REVIEWS: The word count will vary depending upon review subject. Query first.

ARTIST COLLABORATIONS: Query first.

 

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