Submission FAQ

Call for Art at Create! Magazine

Q: What kind of mediums are accepted?
We accept submissions with works in any medium (unless otherwise specified on an open call): painting, sculpture, digital, printmaking, fiber, photography, mixed media, installation, and more.

Q: Do you only accept entries for women/non-binary artists?
No, we host at least five open calls per year, most of which are open to all artists. Several times per year, we open opportunities to women/non-binary artists.

Q: Do I need to have a BFA or MFA to enter a competition?
A university degree is not required to participate in our open calls.

Q: Do I need gallery representation to enter?
No. You may enter the competition regardless of whether you have representation.

Q: What is the cost to enter an open call?
The regular entry fee is $35. There are additional fees if you choose to submit additional images or request an online interview.

Q: Other than the submission fee, are there any additional fees?
No. Selected artists get published in the magazine and are not obligated to pay any additional fees.

Q: What is the process of applying?
To submit to our open calls, you must create an account through Submittable. This account can be used to apply to other opportunities by organizations using Submittable. You must fill out the appropriate application and submit your entry before the deadline. If you need to edit your application, you may choose to do so my requesting to edit your application in Submittable.

Q: What should I have prepared for the application?
Please have three jpegs of your work. You must have a word document with your bio and statement. Each image file must be at least 300 dpi and suitable for print. The length of the image is up to you. You will also need a credit card or PayPal to make a payment to enter the competition.

Q: If I'm selected, will I have an opportunity to submit another high-resolution image for the publication?
Yes, if you are chosen to appear in a print issue, you will hear from our editors to ensure that we have the highest quality image available before going to press. You will also have a chance to submit any edits before the magazine goes to print.

Q: How often / how many times can I enter? What if I was previously published?
You may enter as many times as you would like. If you are previously published, you can still apply to new open calls as the jurors are different for each opportunity.

Q: What styles do curators usually look for?
Each juror has different preferences, but we are proud to select a diverse range of perspectives on our issues. We recommend taking a look at our website and previous issues to give you an example of the type of work we have previously published.

Q: How long does it take to get the results?
Results are usually announced within eight to ten weeks of the deadline. All artists (selected and otherwise) will be notified by email from Submittable, so make sure emails are not going to spam. You can also check the status of your submission by logging into Submittable.

Q: You've announced the release of competition results on Instagram, but I didn't receive an email.
Unfortunately, once in a while, emails may go to your spam folder. Please check to ensure emails from and Submittable are added to your contact list.

Q: I was accepted but I can't remember the images I submitted, where can I see my application?
Yes, you can go to Submittable, log in and check your entry to see what you have submitted. You will also have an opportunity to submit edits and replace images.

Q: Does Create! Magazine take a commission if I sell any work from the publication? Does work have to be for sale if it's published?
No. We do not take commissions and do not require your work to be available for sale.

Q: How do artists benefit from being published in Create! Magazine?
We are proud to have success stories from artists noticed by galleries, curators, and more. We have had artists notify us of artwork sales from the website and magazine issues. It's up to the artist to maximize the opportunity by engaging with their audience. While we do not guarantee specific outcomes, we had an incredible history over the past six years. Over the years, we have partnered with galleries, art fairs, and other organizations to create in-person exhibitions and other opportunities.

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