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Arts non-profit & literary journal serving the intersection of art + religion.

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  • Vibe:Top-tier stuff. Not Paris Review, but ok
  • Response time:
    5 months*
    Editor reported data
    473 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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Pays$3-$25 per page

Find more details in the Genres section


Find more details in the Genres section

  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

    From the editors


  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 6000 words max

Max words: 6000

Sub Genres: All / surprise us

Submission fee: $ 3.5

Payment: $ 25 per page

Nonfiction - 6000 words max

Max words: 2000

Max words: 6000

Submission fee: $ 3.5

Payment: $ 25 per page

Most essays we publish are between 2,000 and 5,000 words. In general, we have a 6,000-word maximum.  Though we do publish classic memoir and personal essay, we're increasingly interested in essays that offer point of view on an external topic (immunization, basketball, prayer, the Boer War, pleasure), with or without a first-person narrator. Such an essay might involve research, or blend journalistic or historical inquiry with literary writing, or otherwise fall between traditional categories. We don’t publish scholarly or academic essays.


Max pieces: 5

Submission fee: $ 3.5

Payment: $ 3 per page


Max words: 5000

Payment: $ 25 per page

Smart, surprising, crafted essays about music, film, theater, and dance that approach a subject from a spiritual or theological angle. We’re interested in writing that reflects on what’s going on in the contemporary arts with an eye to faith.


Max words: 6000

Payment: $ 25 per page

Profiles of or interviews with contemporary visual artists: Visual Arts Editor Aaron Rosen,  We welcome queries about interviews with writers and artists. Rather than using Submittable, please email editor in chief James K.A. Smith directly at  As well as writer's interviews, we also welcome conversations with songwriters, filmmakers, visual artists, and composers.  Ideally, we’ll want to read your questions before the interview takes place, and we reserve the right to add a few additional questions. Because of Image’s focus, several questions should address the subject’s faith in some way. We prefer that interviews reflect the arc of a career, not just the most recent project.


Payment: $ 25 per page

We do accept translations, including translations of work previously published in the original language. Upon acceptance, we ask that translators secure permission from the original author. Translations can be submitted under their respective genres. 


Payment: $ 25 per page

If you wish to nominate yourself or another visual artist for consideration of coverage in Image, you can do so here. You can also nominate a curator for our "curator's corner" feature.  We'll review the work and get in touch if we are interested in doing a profile. You won't necessarily hear back after we confirm that we received your nomination, but rest assured that we'll check it out. 

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    This magazine does not list any details on their website for this section.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    A Word document is preferable, but a pdf is also acceptable if you have special formatting that requires it.

  • Author's rights

    Upon acceptance, we offer a contract for first serial rights.

  • Additional info

    All the work we publish reflects what we see as a sustained engagement with Judaism, Christianity, or Islam. That engagement can include unease, grappling, or ambivalence as well as orthodoxy; the approach can be indirect or allusive, but for a piece to be a fit for Image, some connection to faith must be there. Please browse the journal before submitting to get an idea of what we publish. 

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

473 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

6 days

Fastest response time

1497 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 2413 days

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