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Image Journal

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Image was founded in 1989 to demonstrate the continued vitality and diversity of contemporary art and literature that engage with the religious traditions of Western culture. Now one of the leading literary journals published in English, it is read all over the world—and forms the nexus of a warm and active community. We believe that the great art that has emerged from these faith traditions is dramatic, not didactic—incarnational, not abstract. And so our focus has been on works of imagination that embody a spiritual struggle, like Jacob wrestling with the angel. In our pages the larger questions of existence intersect with what the poet Albert Goldbarth calls the “greasy doorknobs and salty tearducts” of our everyday lives.

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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 1989

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 4 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 4 x per year.

Fiction Open Fee-based

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience, including: Christians, Jews, Muslims.

Genres:
General General
Lengths:
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 6,000 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.

Topics:

Religion/Spirituality (General, Christianity, Islam, Judaism).

Payment:

Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) (Provides free copy/copies) Professional payment. Provides free copy/copies. Details: USD $25 per published page, minimum $100 and maximum $400.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Nonfiction Open Fee-based

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience, including: Christians, Jews, Muslims.

Lengths:
Essay EssayUp to 6,000 words.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 6,000 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.

Topics:

Film/Television (General, Film, See guidelines, excluding Theory/Analysis/Criticism), Literature/Books (General, See guidelines, excluding Theory/Analysis/Criticism), Music (General, See guidelines, excluding Theory/Analysis/Criticism), Religion/Spirituality (General, Christianity, Islam, Judaism), Visual Arts (General, See guidelines, excluding Theory/Analysis/Criticism).

Payment:

Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) (Provides free copy/copies) Professional payment. Provides free copy/copies. Details: USD $25 per published page, minimum $100 and maximum $400.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Poetry Open Fee-based

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience, including: Christians, Jews, Muslims.

Genres:
General General
Lengths:
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 5 pieces.
Poetry Forms:

Open to all/most Forms.

Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.

Topics:

Religion/Spirituality (General, Christianity, Islam, Judaism).

Payment:

Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem) to Professional payment (US$50 or more per poem) (Provides free copy/copies) Pay ranges from Semi-pro payment to Professional payment. Provides free copy/copies. Details: USD $3 per line, minimum of $100 and maximum of $400.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Visual Art Open

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience, including: Christians, Jews, Muslims.

Lengths:
Artwork Artwork
Art Media:

Open to all/most Art Media.

Art Styles:

Open to all/most Art Styles.

Topics:

Religion/Spirituality (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, See guidelines).

Payment:

Unknown payment (Provides free copy/copies) Unknown payment. Provides free copy/copies.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Image.


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Image Journal Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
AccuracyWe have received 120 reports from 106 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported1 min | 91.0 mean avg | 76.5 median | 371 max days (66.8 std dev)
Responses98.34 %
Acceptances6.67 % of submissions accepted (56.1 avg. days per acceptance) | 7.55 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections91.67 % (93.8 avg. days per rejection) | 5.5 % personal, 60.9 % form, 33.6 % unspecified
Non-Responses1.67 %
Lost/Returned-
Never Responded-
Withdrawals1.67 % (75.5 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending29 responses are pending (4 min | 64.3 mean avg | 55.0 median | 366 max days waiting | 67.7 std dev) from 29 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 150 days. (20.8 % of the responses reported to us for this listing have taken longer than 150 days.)
The most common submission fee paid: USD $3.50. (61.7 % of reports specified whether they paid a fee; of those, 95.8 % paid fees.)
Most submissions are acknowledged within one day.
Most recent response reported was received on 02 Jul 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 27 Jun 2024.

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Dates

Last Updated: 12 Jun 2024
Last Audited: 12 Mar 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 19 Mar 2006

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