SUBMISSIONS

Want to contribute your writing and artwork to ILLUSTORIA? We’d be thrilled to check it out! Due to the number of submissions we receive and our small staff, we can respond ONLY to emails sent to submissions@illustoria.com that follow our editorial and formatting guidelines (below). We do not consider work submitted through ILLUSTORIA’s social media or to other email accounts. 

Guidelines:
-Occasionally we’ll announce a Call for Submissions for an upcoming issue via social media and our newsletter. Please follow us or sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on the latest news and announcements. While we’re always open to reviewing work, you’ll be more likely to grab our attention during these specific occasions. Stay tuned for calls for submissions and theme announcements. 

-Before submitting, familiarize yourself with ILLUSTORIA’s past issues. 

-We do not accept hard-copy submissions.

-Include full contact information: phone, email, and mailing address. Include links to your website and social media channels if available. 

-Fiction and nonfiction manuscripts should include an exact word count; poetry manuscripts should include an exact line count. 

Writing Submission FAQ's:

What kinds of written pieces are you looking for?
Stories (approx. 500–1,000 words), comics, poetry, articles and essays relating to an issue theme and generally all things that readers ages 6–12 would enjoy and that inspire creativity. Issue themes announced during Calls for Submissions can act as helpful guidelines for submitting work. 

How do I submit written work to ILLUSTORIA?
Please send a complete draft of your piece along with an introduction that briefly summarizes it and gives an idea of why it’s perfect for ILLUSTORIA to submissions@illustoria.com. Your work must be unpublished, meaning that it hasn’t run in other publications; exceptions may be made if your work appears only on your personal blog/Tumblr/website. Include your complete draft below your intro or attach it as a document.

What type of online content submissions are you looking for?
We invite guest contributors for online blog posts on subjects such as book reviews, interviews, process articles, DIY projects, essays, etc., that are of interest to parents of creative kids, artists, writers, kidlit fans, crafters and makers. We do not currently have a budget for acquiring online content contributions, but if we accept your contribution we will be happy to promote you and your work via social media. 

What happens if my written submission is accepted?
We will be in touch with an offer and payment rate to publish your work. 

Illustration Submission FAQ's: 

What kinds of illustrated work are you looking for?
Original art, comics, illustrated stories, strips, illustrated poetry, photographic essays, handlettered artwork, coloring pages, and DIY activities relating to an issue theme and generally all things that readers ages 6–12 would enjoy and that inspire creativity. Issue themes announced during Calls for Submissions can act as helpful guidelines for submitting work. 

How do I submit visual work to ILLUSTORIA?
Send us a selection of finished work, sample illustrations, or photos as well as descriptions if that work is intended for a specific project or article to submissions@illustoria.com. You may also include links to your portfolio. Please don’t send any files that require us to download your work in order to view it.

How will I know if my submission is rejected or accepted? How soon will I hear back?
We’re a small editorial team, so while we try to respond to all submissions, we’re not always able to do so personally or immediately. We aim to send replies within two months of receiving a submission. Keep an ear out for calls for submissions when we are more likely to be seeking content. 

What we aren’t looking for:
– A piece sent without any context or description of what it is.
– A link to your portfolio or published work without a specific idea or original submission intended for publication in ILLUSTORIA.
–Work that is inappropriate for audiences ages 6–12.

What happens if my visual submission is accepted?
We will be in touch with an offer and payment rate to publish your work. 

Thanks for considering submitting your work to ILLUSTORIA. To keep up on Calls for Submissions, sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!