General Submission Guidelines

The editors of Image welcome unsolicited submissions and consider them all carefully. Because of limited staff time, we're not able to offer personalized feedback, but please know that we're grateful to each writer who takes the risk of sharing work with us. 


All the work we publish reflects what we see as a sustained engagement with Judaism, Christianity, or Islam. That engagement can include unease, grappling, or ambivalence as well as orthodoxy; the approach can be indirect or allusive, but for a piece to be a fit for Image, some connection to faith must be there. Please browse the journal before submitting to get an idea of what we publish. 


We accept simultaneous submissions. Please update us immediately if work is placed elsewhere.


We don’t accept previously published material, including web-published or self-published material.


We do accept translations, including translations of work previously published in the original language. Upon acceptance, we ask that translators secure permission from the original author. Translations can be submitted under their respective genres. 


We do not accept unsolicited book reviews or play excerpts. 


After you submit, you'll get an acknowledgement email; if you don't get one, you may want to check your junk mail or clutter folder and add us to your "safe senders" list. Notification of our decision will come later from the same email address. We find that these messages occasionally get stuck in writers' spam, junk, or clutter folders. 

Please send no more than five poems.

In general, we have a 6,000-word maximum for prose. 

Though we do sometimes publish classic memoir or essays that take as their subject matter an autobiographical experience, we're increasingly interested in essays that, often but not necessarily with a first-person narrator, offer a decided point of view on an external topic (immunization, prayer, rain, the Boer War, pleasure). Such an essay might involve research, or meld together journalistic or historical inquiry with literary writing, or otherwise fall between traditional categories. In other words, we see a lot of essays in which the writer learns something about herself, but we are increasingly interested in essays in which she learns something about the world.

We also welcome email queries on whether we feel piece is appropriate for our pages:

  • General nonfiction queries: creative Nonfiction Editor Lauren Winner, lwinner@imagejournal.org
  • Proposals for interviews with accomplished writers and artists: Editor in Chief James K.A. Smith, jkasmith@imagejournal.org
  • Profiles of living filmmakers, musicians, composers, and artists in other media: Culture Editor Nick Ripatrazone, nripatrazone@imagejournal.org.  
  • Profiles of or interviews with living visual artists: Visual Arts Editor Aaron Rosen, arosen@imagejournal.org 

We don’t publish essays on artists and writers who are no longer living, unless they are also personal or otherwise contemporary-facing essays in significant measure. We don’t publish scholarly or academic essays.

We do not accept unsolicited book reviews.

In general, we have a 6,000-word maximum. 

If you wish to nominate yourself or another visual artist for consideration of coverage in Image, you can do so here. You can also nominate a curator for our "curator's corner" feature. 


We'll review the work and get in touch if we are interested in doing a profile. You won't necessarily hear back after we confirm that we received your nomination, but rest assured that we'll check it out. 

We do not accept mailed submissions from visual artists. 

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