Open Arts Forum is a peer-reviewed journal of the creative arts—all of them. We welcome submissions from writers, artists, photographers, musicians, and other creatives. Our editors specialize in all creative genres, and those we have published also have a say in whose work is featured.

Two Ways to Submit

  1. Register on the site and submit your work through the forum. This method is free and gets your work in front of the most editors, enhancing its chances for selection. On the forum, you may also get feedback about your work from other members, who can nominate your work for front page consideration (part of the “peer-reviewed” nature of the site).
  2. Submit through Submittable. Note that because of Submittable’s recent price hikes, we must now charge for work submitted through that service. Read more about this unfortunate development here.


If we publish your work, it remains your work. By submitting writing, art, photography, video, or other material to Open Arts Forum, you grant us the right to display it on the Open Arts Forum Web site or in any related serial publication, anthology, social network, or newsletter. If your work appears elsewhere after we publish it, please acknowledge first publication in Open Arts Forum so that other talented artists and writers can discover us.

Simultaneous Submissions

We accept simultaneous submissions. If one of the works you have submitted to us is accepted for publication elsewhere, please notify us.

Submitting Work to the Discussion Board

If, like many of our writers and artists, you choose to submit work through the site’s discussion board (forum), please note that the site’s editors will consider the work open to being considered for publication on the front page.


Like most publications devoted to the creative arts, we unfortunately cannot pay contributors. We do, however, make a considerable effort to maximize the exposure your work receives. Also, once we have identified you as a person worth publishing, we attempt to establish a productive, enjoyable, ongoing artist-publisher relationship with you. Being published on Open Arts Forum also gives you an elevated status on the site’s discussion board and a stake in which other artists and writers get published.