Art submissions are currently open
khōréō is a quarterly publication of stories, essays, and art: fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and any genre in between or around it, as long as there’s a speculative element. We’re especially interested in writing and art that explores the impact of human or cultural migration, whether voluntary or forced. Examples include themes of immigration, diaspora, and anti-colonialism, as well as more metaphorical interpretations of the term. Most importantly, we’re a new magazine and we’re still finding our identity: therefore, please don’t self-reject because you’re not sure if your work is a good fit. We won’t know until we see it, so please give us a chance to look!
khōréō is dedicated to diversity and amplifying the voices of immigrant and diaspora authors and artists. We welcome, but do not require, a brief description of the author’s/artist’s identity in their cover letter.
We invite you to submit if you identify as an immigrant or member of a diaspora in the broadest definitions of the terms. This includes, but is not limited to, first- and second-generation immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, persons who identify with one or more diaspora communities, persons who have been displaced or whose heritage has been erased due to colonialism/imperialism, transnational/transracial adoptees, and anyone whose heritage and history includes ‘here and elsewhere’. We especially encourage BIPOC creators who identify as the above to submit their work.
When reading submissions, we take in good faith that you identify as an immigrant or member of a diaspora as described above. If you still aren’t sure if you should submit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We kindly request individuals who do not identify as such to support the magazine by reading our stories, subscribing, and helping spread the word instead.
Our next submission period starts at midnight Eastern time on January 1, 2021. We will close submissions at 11:59pm Eastern on January 31, 2021.
In our first year, we will have the following reading periods for fiction and non-fiction:
- January 1-January 31
- April 1-April 30
- July 1-July 30
- October 1-October 31 (themed issue)
What we're looking for
We commission one piece of cover art per issue. Cover art may be full colour or monotone, and should explore speculative elements in new ways. We kindly request no fan art.
We are also interested in series of black-and-white spots/”doodles” for our digital print issue. Spots should be 5-10 images of black-and-white line art (one additional colour acceptable) drawn on a common theme.
When submitting art, please use our Moksha system. In your cover letter, please note a URL to your portfolio (if applicable) and whether you would be interested in creating cover art, spots, or both. Please include up to three samples of your art as one PDF document.
Please note that we will use these submissions as a reference list of artists, and that we will reach out to individual artists to discuss specific commissions for covers.
What we offer
$300 $500 for custom cover art and $100 for cover art drawn from an artist’s existing portfolio. We pay up to $40 for a full series of spots.