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Submission Guidelines

Relaunch - Spring 2023
Submit for Issue 10 by April 1st, 2023

UnBound seeks work that is wild and untethered. Art and observation. Revelry. Rest. Resistance. Anything that is raw and one of a kind. Expressions that push beyond the edge, challenge authority and hierarchy, strike something deep, or just get weird with it. We want whatever makes you tick. Whatever heals. Elevates. Magnifies.

We are especially interested in sharing the voices, expressions, and perspectives of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), femme, queer, and trans/nonbinary/gender-nonconforming creatives.

Your creative works are welcome in most formats: photography, illustration, poetry, prose, research and articles, song lyrics, screenplays, and so on.  Just give us your best - you're the only one who can say what you have to say, after all. 

We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

We do not accept work that has been previously published, even if it was just on your mom's Twitter or your secret Tumblr blog.

Once we have published your work,  we cannot remove it or unpublish it. Please ensure anything you submit is something you want on the internet. Forever.

We publish twice a year and accept rolling submissions - we will reach out within 3-4 weeks to confirm if your work has been accepted. If you submit work after the review period has ended, it will be considered for the following issue. 

 

Email unboundartscollective@gmail.com if you have questions. 

UnBound Arts Collective is currently a labor of love, offered to the public for free, run by a small group of passionate volunteers. As such, we cannot currently offer payment to collaborators for published works. However, we do our best to center and promote artists and creators in everything that we do. 


UnBound is a space intended to center the experiences of women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ folks. All are welcome to submit work for publication, but please refrain from co-opting or appropriating the experiences of groups and cultures that are not part of your identity.


UAC reserves the right to deny submissions for any reason and without explanation. 

What to Send

Every submission must include:

  1. Artist bio of 50-100 words; include pronouns if applicable.

  2. One social media handle and/or one portfolio or website (we want readers to know where else they can find your work)

  3. Your work!

 

If it can be displayed via PDF, we can put it in the zine. That includes poetry, articles, flash fiction, digital art, photography, and more. If you've got something really strange for us that bends the limits of a PDF, just ask! Chances are, we really want to feature it and just need to figure out how.

Photography and Visual Art:

  • 3-5 pieces, high-resolution images

Writing:

  • 3-5 poems in a single doc

OR

  • two pieces (maximum) of short fiction, each 1,000 words or less, in a single doc

OR

  • research, articles, and chapters/serials are welcome, limit to 3,500 words per piece or segment. If you are writing a series or releasing chapters, you must include all parts of the series, clearly segmented, at the time of submission.

Music, Audio, and Film:

While we cannot publish music, audio, or video files in the digital zine, we always welcome full works or excerpts of 5 minutes or less for inclusion on our Instagram. Email us at unboundartscollective@gmail.com with inquiries..

Where to Send

Please submit all work via Google Forms: https://forms.gle/NhUrx1cms6vaDHaCA

Content Guidelines

Racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, ableist, or other works targeting specific groups of people will not be accepted. If you will be using content that features slurs or other degrading words/imagery and you are not sure if it will be acceptable under our terms, don't hesitate to email unboundartscollective@gmail.com with any questions. We understand artistic freedom and respect groups' rights to reclaim and repurpose words that have been meant to hurt and oppress them, but bigotry doesn't really pass the vibe check.

Images or art depicting nudity must have the consent of the photographed or illustrated subject in writing to be featured in the publication. By submitting an image, you are agreeing that the subject is (a) fictional, (b) yourself, or (c) someone who has given you express written permission to share their image in your work. Depictions of minors or animals in pornographic, nude, or otherwise sexually explicit imagery, audio, or text will not be accepted under any circumstances. 

All written works will be subject to editing/proofreading. However, if you disagree vehemently with any edits made, you may opt-out of the submission process at any time.

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