Following are frequently asked questions about submitting artwork to the Reader’s Gallery and annual showcase. If you cannot find the answer to your question here, use the contact form at the bottom of the page to ask your question.
Question: Is this a contest?
The Reader’s Gallery is a showcase. Every eligible submission is published in the online gallery for each issue.
Three or four artworks are chosen for the Reader’s Gallery pages in the magazine. Carrie makes those selections.
Question: How do you chose artwork for the Reader’s Gallery pages in the magazine?
The main thing Carrie looks for in making selections for the Reader’s Gallery pages in the magazine.
First is originality. She looks for unique subjects or unique renderings. For example, household items or food as the main subject.
Eye-catching artwork is eye-catching is also important for the Reader’s Gallery pages in the magazine, no matter the skill level.
Question: Why do you accept only artwork based on the artist’s photography?
A lot of factors must be considered in a publication of any type. Those factors go beyond simply having the photographer’s permission to use their photography for the creation of art.
The photographer must alsogive permission for the artwork to be published and promoted in any form.
If a person is in the photograph, that person also needs to give permission to have their likeness published in a magazine format. Sometimes, pets also fall into that category. For example, artists cannot draw many famous race horses and locations without permission. Those works cannot be published or reproduced in any form.
It is safer from a legal standpoint to limit eligible artwork to artwork based on the artist’s own photography.
Question: Can I submit older artwork?
Recent work is best for the monthly Reader’s Gallery. However, artwork that is a couple of months old is still eligible for the Reader’s Gallery.
The purpose of the annual showcase is to highlight the best work from the previous year. Only artwork completed during the year in question is eligible.
Question: Can I enter more than one piece?
Answer: No. Since both the Reader Gallery and annual showcase are not competitions, artists may enter only one artwork.
However, artists may submit work to the monthly Reader Gallery as often as they like, so long as they do not submit the same work to more than one Reader Gallery.
Do you have a question about submitting artwork to the Reader’s Gallery or annual showcase? Ask Carrie before submitting your work.