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Art Guidelines

Art Guidelines

Each month, Clarkesworld Magazine features a single piece of artwork that will serve as the cover for both our online, ebook, and print editions of that issue. Our rights are restricted to the covers and marketing materials for that specific issue. All other rights remain with the artist. Payment is $250 and two copies of the print edition. Artist's bio and link to their gallery will be posted on our website.

What We're Looking For

  1. Genre art doesn't have to look genre. It can, but we strongly suggest that you take a look at the cover art from prior issues. These are just a few:
  2. Color artwork is preferred. We have bought B&W art, but it is a very hard sell.
  3. Author names and our header will appear on all finished covers. If your art contains crucial elements that appear in these locations, it will not work for us. If we're very enthusiastic about a piece that suffers from this problem, we may ask if you'd be willing to make changes.
  4. Landscape artwork is preferred but not required. Since we use landscape art as wrap-around covers for the print edition, it should be able to stand alone when only the right half is visible.
  5. Artwork must be available in a 300dpi .tif. Landscape covers measure 11" wide by 8.5" high. (Portrait 5.5" wide by 8.5 high.) Artwork for covers must include a 1/4" bleed. Do not crop your own artwork if it goes outside these margins.
  6. Artwork must not suffer when resized. This sounds funny, but since we are using the cover on the website and on the print edition, we are working with very different dimensions and need pieces that work at several sizes. If your amazingly cool image looks muddy at 250 pixels high, it won't work for us.
  7. We will not consider artwork that has been previously used for magazine or book cover. We reserve the right to make exceptions, but they will be rare and by-invitation.
  8. We prefer 2D art. Digital or traditional painting. Photography and photo-realistic styles are not typically used for our covers.

Submissions Process Guidelines

Artists interested in submitting their work for consideration should send the URL of their online gallery or portfolio to Neil Clarke ( I will get in-touch with you if I'm interested in licensing a particular piece for one of our covers. Your online portfolio will be periodically reviewed for new works, so there should be no need to send us updates unless you change the location of your portfolio.

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