ECHTRAI submissions guidelines

PILOT EDITION published , 30th APRIL 2021

SUBMISSIONS REMAIN OPEN FOR EDITION 1, until 30th AUGUST 2021 

EDITION 1 scheduled for publication NOVEMBER 2021

Echtrai is to be published initially as a stand-alone PILOT Edition of around 100 pages, but we hope to extend that to a bi-annual edition sequence if this introductory edition proves successful. All editions published by AnMór, a team of writers and artists dedicated to, and passionate about our chosen subject.   

We are committed to publishing original writing and art which embodies the themes of our journal –  art and text informed by landscapes lost, abandoned, forgotten, mythic. 

We are particularly interested in hearing fresh, new voices, but equally happy to hear from established, published authors at any stage of their career, and from emerging and upcoming writers. and artists. We are looking for innovative, challenging, brave writing and art, which responds to the challenge that Echtrai Journal has set down – to find fresh narratives, new stories, and new ways of telling them, and re-enchanting the land in which we live.  However – before you submit anything, please read the guidelines below, so you know what we do and what we’re looking for.

We have an avid interest in our hidden and unsung landscapes encompassing the whole of human history from the prehistoric to the present day. We are interested in forgotten places, abandoned buildings, lost and forgotten cultures, the secret, the hidden, the subterranean (or subaquatic), the lore, the legends, flora and fauna,  and the artefacts of our land.

1. Before submitting work to us, we strongly suggest that you read our accompanying project overview  and  fully understand  the journey that we are undertaking together. This will give you a feel for the range and the standard of work we are looking for. Make sure you like what you see, and you know what we do.  Observe the guidelines, but don’t take them as set in stone, we are open to anything experimental, genre breaking, and non-traditional –  challenge us, challenge our expectations. We are happy to have a chat with you before you submit if you are in any way unsure  if or how to proceed with your submission. Email proposals for works are encouraged. 

2. We will publish non-fiction, poetry, hybrid forms,  visual art (with an emphasis on fine art and photography)  and will consider and encourage work that is entirely non-categorisable. For essay pieces, and for reasons of available space, please DO NOT include footnotes or bibliography. However, we do allow references to other works / authors within the body of your text.

3.  All work must be your own. When you submit it, please accompany it with a brief biography, including references to your previous published work and/or a link to any relevant web presence. We don’t intend to reprint work that has been published elsewhere, unless it has some significant or historic relevance to the remit of the journal – we are looking for original work – but if you do submit something for re-publication, please tell us where it appeared first.

4.   We will publish many styles and flavours of prose writing, from long-form essays, to experimental and hybrid forms.  In terms of length, we are currently considering pieces up to 3,000 words – but when writing for us, please bear in mind that this is an upper limit, not a target length. Anything over 3,000 words will be considered if it is both exceptional and original,  and cannot be edited down or reduced in any way – we reserve the right to reduce work on the grounds of available space, or relevance to the piece. We look for concision and innovation, both in what you are saying and how you are saying it. When sending in your submission, please state the word count on the submissions form or in the accompanying email and submit no more than three pieces. 

5.. Please upload your written work to us by email in a format that can be opened in Microsoft Word  for PC, Pages for Mac, or  generic PDF format, attached in the body of an email. Please also name your file to include your full name followed by the name of the piece you are submitting ([YOUR NAME]_[TITLE OF PIECE]).  If we receive a lot of submissions this will make final selection quicker and easier.  In the title body of your email, please ensure you label it as Echtrai Journal Submission,  so we are clear that it is intended for us to consider. 

6. IMAGES – If you are submitting artwork, we ask you to upload/send your submission as JPG files (max 2MB) in the first instance. Please send ONLY ONE image to be used as as preface page to accompany a written piece. Any accompanying captions/text should be uploaded/sent in the body of your email. If your image is accepted, we will ask you to send it as a larger file for publication. VISUAL ARTISTS & PHOTOGRAPHERS are invited to submit up to FOUR images per piece to fill a page, but please send in black and white only.

The full specifications for images for publication can be found below. 

9. Please be patient! Depending on available time,  it may take us a while to get back to you, but we will reply to every submission we receive. If you have submitted a piece to Echtrai Journal, please do not submit it for publication elsewhere until you have received a response from us.

10. If we do accept your work for publication, we may get back to you with some suggested changes or edits, generally related to reduction or expansion of a piece. If you have been INVITED to submit a piece for whatever reason, then the same rule applies. We trust in your ability as a writer, but we may have to alter the length of a piece to accommodate the works of others. We will at ALL TIMES contact you if an edit has to be made to a piece, and we are respectful of  your work and how it is presented. If we do not accept your work, please don’t be disheartened. It may be that we simply don’t have space, or that your piece isn’t quite right for this edition, but that may not be the case in future. Keep writing, keep challenging and adapting, and DO stay in touch.. we love to hear from you, and know what you are working on. That might lead to an invitation to submit in the future. 

11. We are attempting to pay for work that we publish, more than likely a nominal fee, but we hope that if the debut edition is successful, we can offer something more substantial.   We will send you a copy of the journal on publication, and we guarantee you an intelligent, critical,  and engaged audience for your work, and widespread distribution covering a range of demographics and ethnicities. 

 All copyright remains with the authors, though we ask that you don’t republish accepted work elsewhere within 6 months of journal publication.

12. I do hope that you will join us on what promises to be an exciting and interesting journey. This type of publishing venture, I am aware is fraught with risk and complications, and we hope to make your part in the journey as painless as possible. We also ask that you assist in ANY WAY YOU CAN, to spread the word, and encourage your network or fanbase to buy the journal to ensure not only its survival, but its longevity.  We are more than happy to hear from booksellers, stockists and distributors to help get Echtrai Journal out into the wider world. 

We look forward to hearing back from you! 

ECHTRAI JOURNAL – IMAGE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

When submitting images for consideration, please send them as a JPG file (max 2MB) in the first instance, no more than two images to accompany a written piece, more if submitting for a specific image-related piece. 

If your images are selected for publication, we will require higher quality images in .tiff format, bearing in mind the following specifications:

Dimensions

 In the debut edition of Echtrai Journal, the maximum printable area for images:

  • Colour images ( front cover only) – if selected: maximum printable area = 198 mm [h] x 132 mm [w] size inc. 3mm bleed
  • Greyscale images for text pages: maximum printable area = 198 mm [h] x 132 mm [w] (3mm bleed)
  • File formats and colour profiles:
    Please apply the appropriate specification to your digital file artwork –
  • Colour images: Digital file format: . JPEG / Tiff. Resolution: 300dpi minimum. Colour mode: CYMK [profile: FOGRA39 (ISO 12647-2:2004)]
  • Greyscale images: Digital file format: JPEG / Tiff. Resolution: 300dpi minimum. Colour mode: greyscale (15% dot grain)
  • Black & White images: Digital file format: .Bitmap. Resolution: 1200dpi. Colour mode: bitmap

Email enquiries to: Echtraijournal@aol.com