Submit Art/Literature

Mirage is Not Soliciting Submissions at This Time

 We will be soliciting material in the fall of this year for the 2015 Mirage.

Read below to learn how to submit material:

The works are selected via an anonymous process: Each submission is judged without disclosure of the writer’s or artist’s name.

Submission Guidelines

General Information

Submissions are accepted from Cochise College students and residents of Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties in Arizona. All entries must be the original work of the person or persons submitting them.

Each person may submit up to five pieces of writing and five works of art.

The Mirage staff will evaluate only works submitted specifically for the upcoming issue of the magazine. No works submitted for previous issues will be held over for the following year’s issue.

Writers and artists are welcome to resubmit material that was not previously accepted for publication.  However, they are encouraged to submit fresh works that represent their most recent and accomplished artistic achievements.

Works are selected for publication via an anonymous process: Each submission is judged without disclosure of the writer’s or artist’s name.

The staff of Mirage reserves the right to revise language, correct grammar and punctuation, revise formatting, and abridge content of any literary work, including the biographies of writers and artists. In matters of mechanics and style, the Mirage staff defers to A Writer’s Reference by Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers.

The staff also reserves the right to crop, re-size, and modify works of visual art in any way deemed necessary to ready them for inclusion in the magazine.

Submissions will not be returned.

Requirements for All Submissions:

A single cover sheet must accompany submissions with the following information:

  • submitter’s name
  • address
  • phone number
  • email or fax number
  • a list of the titles of all works
  • a brief autobiographical statement of seventy-five words or less, written in the third person.

To preserve anonymity during the selection process, no name should appear on the entry itself.

Please submit works in electronic form. If submitting via email, submit the work(s) in an attachment—not in the body of the email. Compact discs or flash drives may be sent via U. S. mail or hand delivered.

Requirements for Prose:

Prose must be submitted as Microsoft Word document files, using Times New Roman font, size 12. Prose must be double spaced. Unless unique formatting is integral to the piece, literary works should be aligned on the left margin and not printed in all upper-case letters. There is a 4,000-word limit for prose entries.

Requirements for Poetry:

Poetry must be submitted as Microsoft Word document files, using Times New Roman font, size 12.  Single spacing is permissible for poetry.  Unless unique formatting is integral to the piece, poems should be aligned on the left margin and not printed in all upper-case letters.  There is a 2,000-word limit for poetry entries.

Requirements for Visual Arts:

Artwork and photographs must have titles or must be identified as “Untitled.” If necessary, artists should indicate correct orientation.

When taking photographs of artwork for submission, pay attention to lighting and orientation in order to prevent shadowing, glare, skewing, or unintentional cropping.

Artwork and photographs must be sent as digital files.

Compression:  Please do not compress photos when emailing them. Compressed photos lose information that cannot be restored.  It is not like zipping or stuffing files; photos cannot be “unzipped” or “unstuffed.”  Many programs will automatically downsize photos for emailing and viewing on a computer screen, but there is usually an option for sending the photo without reducing its size. Please choose that option.

Resolution:  Printing on a press requires high resolution: What looks good on a computer screen or from a laser printer will not necessarily look good when printed on a press. An image copied from a webpage will not have the proper resolution. Files of artwork need to be at a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch (DPI) and at 100% of its original size. Photos should be at least 6 x 9 inches. A minimum resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels in JPEG format is best. Any attempt to resize or resample may cause problems because print resolution will depend on how we ultimately size the photo for the magazine. The minimum size is important. If, for example, a photo is only 640 x 480 pixels, it is too small for the magazine.

IMPORTANT: Unless digital photographs of art are submitted according to the guidelines above, the magazine cannot use them.

Where to send submissions:

Email:  mirage@cochise.edu

Mail:    Cochise College

ATTN:  Mirage

4190 West Highway 80

Douglas, AZ 85607

 

 

 

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