Open Arts Forum is both a journal and community 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. There is no fee for submitting your work.

How to Submit Work

Register on the site and submit your work through the submission forum. This gets your work in front of all of our 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. You retain complete control over your work on the forum, including the ability to remove it. Work that you submit through the forum is not visible to non-members or to search engines unless it is selected for publication on the Open Arts Forum front page.


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.


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.