Call for artists and writers: BLISS

Apply to the “BLISS” international call for artists and writers. Call closes February 28, 2017.

Bliss is a state of joy. Joy can be fed by and expressed in happy, funny or healing stories and artworks. Some ideas of bliss delve into the spiritual within us, states of zen, the idea of manifesting and affirmations, or simple moments of being fully present. This call encourages submissions of pieces that evoke positive emotions and feelings of connection. Connection to the each other, to all living creatures, to the earth, to the universe and to the present moment. It’s an experiment to draw out from our creative community spiritual content that is inclusive, zen-like and uplifting.

This issue will be a collection of feel-good content that magnifies the sunny side of life, that feeds gratitude and is a dose of sunshine on a cloudy day. With a touch of zen-like spirituality, a sprinkle of warming anecdotes and perhaps a smattering of uplifting humour – it ought to be a keeper. It will focus more on the bliss within us and the people we love, and not so much on religion or religious deities. Bliss can be expressed in symbolic, literal, modern, traditional, abstract, and completely unique ways. What’s your BLISS?

If your work is selected you will be:

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Selected artist works are featured as follows:

Gold Artist (1), Gold Writer (1), Silver Artist (1), Bronze Artist (1)

  • Featured in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal with an accompanying professional review and profile written by our art writer discussing you and your artwork, and selected piece(s) of your artwork.

Distinguished Artists (Up to 27 artists and 9 writers)

  • Featured in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal with selected piece(s) of your artwork.

Eligibility

Submitted work can include visual art – paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, digital, printmaking, installations, ceramics, fabric, jewelry, sculpture, and other 2- and 3-dimensional media – and written art – fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words).

  • We do not represent artists or sell their work. Any purchase inquiries will be referred directly to the artist.
  • Your submission may be previously published, but must be your original creation.
  • All artists 18 years and older can apply.
  • Our calls for artists do not support video or sound. Good photography that documents interactive or performance art may be submitted.
  • All application images and stories submitted to ArtAscent remain the property of the artist and the artist retains the copyright. Applicants agree that ArtAscent may feature their submitted entry for display, marketing, promotions, and exhibition archives worldwide and for all time. We will credit each artist with their name, artwork title and media, website, photographer credit, and gallery if requested.

Process

All work is evaluated based on the vision as relates to the submission theme. Submissions including diverse interpretations of the theme will be considered. The beauty of art is that 100 artists can look at the same thing and interpret it in completely unique ways. That’s what can make it breathtaking.

The submission process includes application fee, application form, submission review and jurying, article editing, and selected artists publication in ArtAscent magazine, website and online social media. Each call is juried independently, so previously selected artists have equal opportunity of being selected again. The focus is on creating a strong and diverse collection of work that explores the call theme.

Tip: Keep a copy of your application information in case you need to use it again (and save time on future applications).

Notification & Posting Schedule

  • Newsletter announcement of selected artists and writers – About 3 to 4 weeks after the call deadline. You must sign up for the newsletter in order to get this notification.
  • Newsletter announcement of magazine release – About 4 weeks after the call deadline. You must sign up for the newsletter in order to get this notification.
  • Posting of selected artists and writers to the website – About 4 weeks after the call deadline.
  • Posting of selected artists and writers to Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest – Started around 4 weeks after the call deadline and completed around 10 weeks after the call deadline.

This marketing tool is created by artists and writers, for artists and writers | Apply:

1. (Login is required to view the application form. Thanks for saving us from spambots!)

2. Choose one of the below payment options. (Yes, you can apply to both the artist and writers calls and submit both art images and stories, or more than one story – just complete the process separately for each.) The PayPal account name or email might be different from yours – if so, enter it into the application form so that we can match your payment to your application.

Artists – Submit 1 To 3 Images – $25

Artists – Submit 4 To 8 Images – $45

Writers – Submit 1 Story/Poem – $10

3. If you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign up to the newsletter in order to receive the only notification of selected artists and writers!

Testimonials

“I have great affection for publishing ventures that attempt something new, something suited to our times.”

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"Thank you for all the support you guys have provided over the last couple years. I truly appreciate all the hard work that goes into putting these artworks together. You were the first publication to give me a chance to share my voice and I will never forget that. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

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"ArtAscent is a profound exhibition of international art and literature. ArtAscent’s welcoming of the abstract, obscure and atypical could not be more organized and comforting. Far too often, creativity is stifled by unimaginative editors or conventional beliefs. ArtAscent is holding true to the values of artists by allowing their creativity to be exposed uninhibited internationally."

“I’m thrilled to be included in your Hidden issue. It’s quite an honour to have my images among such strong and interesting work. Thanks for your support of artists!”

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"Wow, talk about service! I am thrilled that my collage piece "Brancusi's Atelier" is part of such a stunningly beautiful magazine. I'm ordering my copy now, and I'm recommending ArtAscent to other fine writers."

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"Just received my paper issue of ArtAscent Red - definitely glad to be part of it. The art, writing, printing, and layout are superb! The artist submission requirements allowed for me to project a written in depth analysis of my drawings."

"ArtAscent has provided a unique opportunity to be presented with international visual artists while respectfully sharing interest with literary artists. This has been a unique rich experience. ArtAscent has validated my art and encouraged people to offer me opportunities for visually expressing my ideas with a wider range of people."

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"Thank you ArtAscent for providing us artists (and writers) a platform to not only showcase our work, but to also indirectly engage in creative dialogue by having our works curated around a thoughtful theme."

Singapore    Website   

"You were kind enough to award me the Gold Writer position in your 13th issue, Unknown. I just wanted to say how much I appreciate the honor. I was particularly touched by the wonderful introduction to my work. I felt you truly understood what I was doing and that is so gratifying! This accomplishment is truly an encouragement 'go for the gold' with my writing! Thank you!"

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"ArtAscent is stimulating, the images stunning and the written work varied and interesting. I am delighted to have had a poem of mine published in the Blue issue.“

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"Thank you for choosing my work for the Pet's exhibit! What a fantastic organization you are to provide the wonderful opportunity for artists to exhibit online, in print and then to archive the work for future collectors to see! I'm honored to be in the exhibit and I'm looking forward to seeing all the artwork."

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“I would like to thank everyone who is behind ArtAscent for providing the opportunity to present my work, grow in confidence, dig deeper into my imagination and explore ways to better express myself. You have published my works in a previous issue titled “Hidden.” That motivated me to go through another long hours-session with my work and I am sure other artists and writers have felt the same positive inspiration.“

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"Thank you for presenting us artists with such an awesome opportunity and exposure that gives us a chance to succeed and actually earn a living doing what we love. This is truly huge and I cannot thank you guys enough."

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"I applied to your call under a very FUNNY threat of physical violence by one of my friends. She told me I had to submit my "Long Live The Queen" to your call or she would smack me with one of my own signs. She is a HUGE fan of ArtAscent. And also... I am no fan of being whacked with a sign."

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"On reading the artist profile article written about my art I felt an immediate sense of connection with the ArtAscent art critic. I feel the words beautifully articulate my art and its place in the world. I can't express how much this review means to me. I will treasure it always."

Australia    Website   

"I have to thank ArtAscent for its wonderful support of writers. And for acknowledging writing as an art form - not all quarters do. After being awarded Gold Artist recognition for writing in the 'Figures' issue, I finally feel able to say 'writer' instead of my day job when people ask me what I do. And to launch my writer's website. Thank you, ArtAscent, for providing me with that confidence!"

Canada    Website   

"ArtAscent affords all artists the opportunity to expose a lifetimes’ preparation. An opportunity to expose oneself, along with ones’ work. An opportunity to realise ones’ dreams. Success. I’ve used every opportunity to uncover the preparations that have painted my vision. It took time for me to find opportunities that I was prepared for. Each day until I found them, I continued to prepare. To be me. ArtAscent bridges the gap between artists and their road to exposure; the road to yourself."

London, United Kingdom   

Artists – Submit 1 To 3 Images – $25

Artists – Submit 4 To 8 Images – $45

Writers – Submit 1 Story/Poem – $10