General Submission Guidelines

The editors of Image and Good Letters 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 one of the western faiths—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 or Good Letters, some connection to faith must be there. Please browse the journal or blog before submitting to get an idea of what we publish. 

We accept simultaneous submissions. Please update us 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. 

Generally, we look for essays that are concrete and experiential—grounding ideas in people’s lives—and that make a fresh connection between the world of faith and the world of daily life, spanning the gap between theology and experience and giving language a human shape.

Length is 800 to 1,000 words.

We don’t publish literary criticism, sermons, or scholarly essays. 

Please note that the poems used in the Poetry Friday series are drawn from work already published in Image. That is, we don't accept submissions for Poetry Fridays. 

Please send no more than five poems.

In general, we have a 6,000-word maximum for prose. We seldom publish essays shorter than 3,000 words.

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

  • Proposals for interviews with accomplished writers and artists: Executive Editor Mary Mitchell,
  • General nonfiction queries: Creative Nonfiction Editor Lauren Winner,
  • Profiles of living filmmakers, musicians, composers, and artists in other media: Culture Editor Nick Ripatrazone,  
  • Profiles of living visual artists (for now): Executive Editor Mary Mitchell, (A visual art editor will be announced soon.) 

We don’t publish essays on artists and writers who are no longer living, unless they are also personal essays in significant measure. We don’t publish literary criticism or scholarly essays.

We do not accept unsolicited book reviews.

In general, we have a 6,000-word maximum. We rarely publish stories under 3,000 words.

If you wish to nominate yourself or another visual artist else for consideration of coverage in Image, you can do so here. 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. Image visual art features are accompanied by profile essays of 4,000 to 6,000 words. It helps if you can suggest a writer and show us a sample of their work, but that's not a requirement. We do not accept mailed submissions from visual artists. 

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