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ROF Art Department: Open for Business

  • Mar. 11th, 2009 at 11:00 PM

Hi Guys,

There are still some things to sort out regarding the art department, but I'm happy to announce that we are now accepting submissions.  Please note that we still remain closed to fiction submissions.  The moment this changes you can be sure I'll let you know.  Nonfiction people, I know you still have questions.  I haven't forgotten you.  Hang tight.  You should be hearing from me soon.

I'm posting the updated guidelines for art below.  If you read the guidelines, you'll see that the way we'll be handling covers has changed.  I'm pointing this out so you won't be surprised in the future.  I'm still trying to determine what we have in inventory, so if we've acquired some finished covers from Sovereign, it might be a couple of issues before this change goes into effect.  We'll see.

I know we've been saying that the magazine will be very close to the original, but please understand that this publisher is not Sovereign Media.  Some change is inevitable.  At our core though, we'd like to believe we'll be very much the same and that you'll continue enjoying RoF for many issues to come.  We hope so anyway.

Please feel free to spread the word regarding the art department.  Artists, I wish you luck and I'm looking forward to working with you.

ETA: Please do not post links to your websites on my blog so I'll look at your portfolios. I discuss RoF a lot here, but I'm not comfortable conducting its business here. If you insist on posting such a link anyway, please consider yourself warned I will not follow the link or respond to your post. I have very few rules on my LJ, but I'm pretty firm on this. If you have questions, you can email me here: realmsoffantasyart@gmail.com

ROF Art Submission Guidelines

Here are our suggestions for submitting your artwork to Realms of Fantasy:

Submit samples of your work in the form of tear sheets or color printouts. Please make sure samples will fit in a standard file folder.  Indicate which samples should be returned and include a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope.  If you don’t require any samples returned to you but would still like a response, please enclose a business-sized SASE.  Submissions lacking some sort of return postage will go unanswered if we pass on your work.  Please allow up to twelve weeks for a response.

 Realms of Fantasy pays $450.00 for interior illustrations.  Each issue, we will feature one of the interior illustrations on the cover.  Artists who have an interior illustration appearing on the cover will receive an additional $200.00.  In other words, if your interior illustration is chosen to appear on the cover, you will receive $650.00 total, your illustration will appear on the cover, and it will also appear inside the magazine with the story you were originally hired to illustrate.  Remember, to be considered for the cover, your artwork must leave enough space at the top for the magazine's logo and enough room on the left side for cover text.  Also, please be advised that on occasion we may decide none of the art for a given issue is quite right for the cover.  Should this happen, we will acquire cover art elsewhere.

Realms of Fantasy pays within sixty days of receiving the finished artwork.  We ask for the following rights: First North American Serial Rights, and nonexclusive book rights for hardcover, trade paperback, and electronic.  We seek trade paperback rights and electronic rights for a trade paperback edition and an electronic edition of the magazine.  The hardcover rights are for a yearly hardcover that includes all six issues combined into one hardcover book.  The art will only be used in conjunction with the story that it illustrates.  

If you're just starting to break into the illustration field, please remember that Realms of Fantasy is a professional magazine that receives submissions from experienced professionals and it can be very hard to break in here.

 Please send your submissions to the following address: 

Realms of Fantasy Magazine
Art Department
P.O. Box 1357
Valley Stream, NY 11582 

Good luck!




coppervale wrote:
Mar. 12th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
Hey Warren -

Watch this guy. Promoting him is going to be one of the best decisions you've made. He's as on the ball as they get.
douglascohen wrote:
Mar. 12th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
You honor me, sir!
warrenlapine wrote:
Mar. 12th, 2009 03:51 am (UTC)
I agree!
gryphart wrote:
Mar. 12th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
I'll have to send something to you guys soon!
mdimotta wrote:
Mar. 17th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
Art Department
Great Blog!

I would love to get some of my artwork in RoF! Before I mail out a submission, I was wondering if you would look through my website.. do you feel my work would fit?


Any thoughts would be appreciated! :)
douglascohen wrote:
Mar. 17th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Art Department
I'm glad you like the blog. As to looking at your website, while I do understand your reasons for asking, I'm afraid I'm going to have to pass. It seems a simple enough thing to swing by, and it is. But the moment I do this for you, I open the doors to every single artist who wants to swing by and make the exact same request. This blog is not for submissions or queries (that goes for the writers too), and I'd very much like to keep it this way.

If you're not doing so already, I'd recommend you buy a few issues of RoF and familiarize yourself with the artwork. I'm sure you must have some friends/peers or possibly teachers that can provide you feedback as well. When you feel you're ready, go ahead and submit to us.

Good luck.
jimvanpelt wrote:
Jul. 23rd, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Art Department
Hi, Michael. I liked your art. Good luck with it.
mdimotta wrote:
Mar. 17th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
My apologies, I meant no offense!

Thanks for the advice, you should be receiving something in the mail!

Take care and keep up the great work.
douglascohen wrote:
Mar. 17th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
No offense taken! Again, good luck!


Douglas Cohen

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