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 email@example.com.
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.
What we're looking for
We invite artists who identify as part of the immigrant and diaspora community to submit. Artists should have a unique art style and a portfolio showing full illustrations of characters inhabiting their environments.
We welcome art that explores speculative elements in new, thoughtful, and personal ways, especially if it relates to the immigrant or diaspora experience.
What we're not looking for
Overtly graphic violence, gore or horror (dark fantasy/gothic elements are fine)
Traditional swords & sorcery fantasy in European medieval-type settings
Traditional hard sci-fi pieces with spaceships and green aliens
A portfolio that is only fan art or character design; our covers are complete compositions and we’re looking for portfolios that show you can create work like this
What we offer
We commission one piece of 8.5×11 cover art per issue. Cover art can be in monochrome or color.
We pay $500 for custom cover art and $100 for cover art drawn from an artist’s existing portfolio.
How to Submit
Please note that we will use these submissions as a reference list of artists. We’ll reach out to individual artists to discuss specific commissions for covers.
Since we only commission 4 artists per year, we aren’t able to respond to every submission, but please feel free to submit again with new work after 6 months if you don’t hear from us.