Guidelines for Visual Arts Submissions

Thank you for considering submitting your work to Orion. We are always looking for single images and feature worthy series, as well as covers, picture essays, and portfolios that explore and interpret our complex relationships with the natural world. Orion will accept story submissions or samples to keep on file. We also send out an email call for submissions each issue (just let me know you’d like to be added).

The most important thing we can suggest is that you know Orion and consider how your work is appropriate for our pages. Orion is about exploring environmental and social issues and looking at what and how people are going about addressing them. If this statement feels obtuse to you (beside the bad grammar), spend some time with a few recent back issues and see if it makes any more sense. Though the subjects we explore vary widely and our needs are very broad, we can tell you that we’re typically NOT looking for straight exposés of environmental catastrophes, and we don’t have frequent need for pretty nature images. Very conceptual work (e.g., “this photo of a hole in a lone tree represents the emptiness of man’s inhumanity to man in a world without nature…”) is also often hard to place in Orion—even when inspired by nature—unless the concepts and subjects line up just right. These are not rules and if they were we’d always be happy to break them, but they do objectively describe most of how we’re using what we’re using at the current time.

As we said and will again, you should be familiar with Orion.

Please also note that we are not an “Art” magazine and do need to think literally about how the context of the work as presented in Orion will help fulfill our broader editorial mission.

We receive many submissions and following these guidelines will make it easier on us and get your work into the system more quickly. Low-res jpeg images via e-mail is preferred. You should fit images to a 1000px by 1000px box and save to medium jpeg quality to keep the file sizes small. **Please DO NOT send PDFs for image submissions. We use Adobe Lightroom to organize submissions and PDFs do not show up in this application.

In addition to e-mailing your submission, CD/DVDs are OK and weblinks are tolerable assuming we are able to download comps easily (flash based slide shows are not easy). Statements or supporting text also really help.

In whichever case, please do not send materials we will have to return. We will always request final files and arrange the usage before we use anything.

Christina Lane, Picture Editor
187 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230