How to Submit an Illustration to a Magazine

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The digital age makes submitting illustrations less time consuming and safe. The key remains to know your market for best results. The need for content crosses several media venues from books to magazines, hard copy to digital, advertisements, contests and comics. Read on to learn how to submit an illustration to a magazine.

Things You'll Need

  • Illustrations
  • Digital camera
  • Scanner
  • Photo software
  • Find a suitable magazine to submit your illustrations. Match illustrations according to theme, audience and type of articles published.

  • Look for the magazine's website and click "Submission," "Author" or "Writer Guidelines." Check out your local bookstore for the current "Writers Market" book listing magazines and guidelines.

  • Read about the kind of illustrations the publisher needs and how to submit the work to them.

  • Prepare your illustration according to the magazines requirements. Their choices include hard copy or disks through the mail or electronic submission via upload to a FTP site or as an attachment to an email.

  • Write a short cover letter or query your material to potential magazines. Include a brief list of previous credits, background and any selling points.

  • Label your submission with required address, phone number and email.

  • Keep a log on what you submitted, market, date and other personal notes for follow-up.

Tips & Warnings

  • Invest in a good digital camera and scanner to upload your work to your computer.
  • Only send original illustrations when requested otherwise make a digital copy per instructions.
  • Always include a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of hard copy and disk.
  • Many types of file format are available free on the Internet. Some conversion formats exist; popular formats include JPG, TIF, BMP, EPS and TIFF. Some require Photoshop or similar software.

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