ART AND GRAPHIC DESIGN

Issue 1: Visions from a Gender Inclusive Future
Content submissions are currently OPEN until July 15, 2021.
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We are looking for submissions from trans, nonbinary, and genderqueer artists and writers for the content of the first issue of Inclusive Future Magazine. We encourage trans, nonbinary, and genderqueer people with other marginalized identities to submit.

For this first issue, we're looking for art that reflects what a gender-inclusive future looks like across cultures and geography.

We anticipate that the majority of pieces we'll be accepting will be graphic design projects that look like ads you'd find in a culture magazine: travel, fashion, retirement programs, jewelry, museum exhibits, music releases, etc. Second to that, we're interested in comics, cartoons, and short graphic narratives, ranging in length from single panel to multiple pages. We're also open to considering photo essays and fine art.


While the editorial team is based in the U.S., this is meant to look like an international popular culture magazine, so we’re very invested in choosing images that represent gender inclusivity in cultures often underrepresented or left out of mainstream Western media. Special attention will be given to submissions that meet this criteria.

   

Example Ideas

  • Fashion ad targeted to people of all genders, expressions of gender, and/or lack thereof (full page)

  • Ad for art exhibition wherein Classical paintings have been reimagined as gender-inclusive (1/4 to full page)

  • Ad for a reimagined Tarot deck that's gender-inclusive and ad includes sample card designs and sample interpretation reflecting gender-inclusiveness (full page)

  • Single-panel comic, comic strip (1/8 to 1/4 page)

  • Short graphic narrative (1-4 pages)

  • Political cartoon (1/8 page)

  • Photo essay (multiple pages)

  • Infographic (1/4 to full page)

The amount of pages space devoted to accepted submissions will be negotiated with the artist upon acceptance and included in the contract.

Last but certainly not least, we'll be looking for graphic designers and artists who are interested in producing art in response to the prose pieces we choose for this issue. See the 'How to Submit' section below of details on how to be considered for this type of commission.

What we want

This is a print publication, so the submission must work in print.

The magazine will be printed in full color. Page dimensions are 8 3/8" wide x 10 7/8" high. All art and graphic design must be submitted digitally with a resolution of at least 300dpi.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed.

If your submission is accepted by another publication while it's under consideration with us, please let us know as soon as possible. Depending on the circumstances and your wishes, we may still be able to consider your submission as a reprint.

Multiple submissions, up to 5 per contributor, are allowed.

If submitting a piece that would not take up a full quarter page (e.g. a single-panel comic or political cartoon), we strongly encourage you to submit multiple pieces.

Collaborations are welcome.

For payment and other purposes, a team of collaborators will be considered a single contributor. This means that you may submit up to 5 pieces as an individual and up to 5 pieces as part of a collaborating team.

   

What we don't want

Erotica.

Excerpts from longer works that don't stand alone.

Work that depends on hyperlinks, interaction, animated graphics, or anything else that doesn't translate to a print publication.

Payment and rights

Payment

We will pay $100 per full page, up to $300 for a project that spans multiple pages, regardless of whether it is previously published, with a minimum payment of $25. Please see example ideas above to get a sense of how much page space different kinds of artwork would take up. We encourage people to submit at least a quarter of a page worth of material to help us maximize our budget. Payment will be made via PayPal. In addition, each contributor will receive one contributor copy of the anthology.

Rights

We ask for non-exclusive, worldwide rights for both unpublished and previously published work.

Payment will be made via PayPal within 30 days of the receipt of a signed contract.

Work you submit must be your own work, and you must own its publication rights.

   

How to submit

  • Please email your submission as a .doc, .docx, PDF, PNG, JPG, or JPEG to inclusivefuturemag[at]gmail[dot]com. You can submit more than one file, but please attach all pieces you'd like us to consider to the same email. Unrecognized file types included as attachments will be deleted unopened.

  • If you're interested in being considered for commission work in response to the prose pieces we select for this issue, please email us a link to your portfolio (website or Instagram) or attach a few sample works that represent your style.

  • Be sure to include SUBMISSION: ART and the title of your submission in the email subject field. For example, SUBMISSION: ART "Fashion ad" or SUBMISSION: ART Portfolio

  • Please include a statement in your email that confirms you identify as trans, non-binary, and/or genderqueer. (You do not have to specify which.) Please also include your pronouns.

Withdrawal policy

If you need to withdraw a piece after submitting it, please email us at inclusivefuturemag[at]gmail[dot]com and let us know why. Please note that, once withdrawn, a piece may not be resubmitted to the same issue.

   

Response time

Response time will vary, depending on several factors, but it is our intention to have responded to all submissions within a month of the submission deadline.

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Questions?

You can email us at inclusivefuturemag[at]gmail[dot]com with questions. Be sure to include the word QUESTION in the subject field so we can respond as quickly as possible.