general guidelines for journal and web

We only consider completed texts and do not commission writing or artworks based on proposals or pitches. Writing should avoid as much as possible the use of jargon; the writing should be as accessible as possible without sacrificing sophistication for a general readership. We only accept electronic submissions sent to the email address at the bottom of this page. We will accept previously published works as long as the author has reprint permissions. Your subject line must include: "Submission for Journal" or "Submission for Web". Authors must include a cover sheet on which they include their name(s), snail-mail and email addresses, a short biography, and whether they would like to publish anonymously. Artists must submit this information as a separate file saved as a PDF. We welcome submissions in other languages; contributors must also include an English translation with their submission.

We will only contact those whose submissions we are interested in publishing. Limited resources prevent us from doing otherwise. Expect to hear from us within 6 to 8 weeks of submission. If you have not heard from us, assume we were not able to use your submission. We wish we could be more generous, but we are a fledgling project running on volunteer labor. However, as this project grows, we expect to be able to also build capacity to do more. Thank you for your interest, patience, and support!

platform i: the c.o.u.p. quarterly

Please see Year 1 Themes for additional information about upcoming issue themes.

Deadlines
Issue 1.1 | The Punitive Society: August 15, 2015
Issue 1.2 | Privilege: October 15, 2015
Issue 1.3 | Failure: February 5, 2016
Issue 1.4 | Futurisms: April 15, 2016

All forms of prose
     Word Count: No more than 4,500 words (12pt font, double spaced, 1" margins)
     Accepted Formats: .doc, .docx, .pages
     Style: Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition
    
Citations and References: Endnotes only on a separate page; DO NOT USE the endnotes function of your word processing application.
     Images: Authors may include images and are responsible for securing the rights to publish those images used in/with the text; however, as a general guideline, the journal prefers the use of images that fall under the Creative Commons license or are otherwise in the public domain. Authors will have to furnish proof that they have the rights to publish any included images.

Poetry
     Author's may submit up to six (6) poems for consideration. 
     Images: Authors may include images and are responsible for securing the rights to publish those images used in/with the text; however, as a general guideline, the journal prefers the use of images that fall under the Creative Commons license or are otherwise in the public domain. Authors will have to furnish proof that they have the rights to publish any included images.

Artist Projects
     We publish original artist projects that treat the journal as an exhibition venue rather than as a portfolio revue. Successful projects will engage with the formal issues of the print medium and the journal format. In other words, projects that consider the journal a space of encounter between the audience and the artwork. Artists should keep in mind that the journal is printed at 5.5x8.5" (WxL or portrait orientation) and successful pieces will best utilize the available print area. We do not publish documentation of artworks of any genre, including video stills.
     Size: Minimum of 5x7" and maximum of 5.5x8.5"
     Image Count: Either up to six (6) images or a series that includes no more than six (6) images.
     Resolution: minimum of 240 dpi and maximum of 360dpi, at the files full size in inches
     Accepted Formats: TIFF, EPS, JPEG, PDF (TIFF preferred for photographic work, EPS preferred for graphic work)

platform ii: web

Deadlines: Rolling

Rapid Responses and Dispatches
     Word Count: 750–1500 words
     Accepted Formats: .doc, .docx, .pages
     Style: Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition
     
Citations and References: Endnotes only on a separate page; DO NOT USE the endnotes function of your word processing application.
     Images: Authors may include up to three (3) images and are responsible for securing the rights to publish those images used in/with the text; however, as a general guideline, the journal prefers the use of images that fall under the Creative Commons license or are otherwise in the public domain. Authors will have to furnish proof that they have the rights to publish any included images.

The Living Word
     Length: There are no length requirements for audio files, though submissions should err on the side of brevity (between 45 minutes and 60 minutes). 
     Accepted Formats: MP3

In Living Color
     Length: 
There are no length requirements for audio files, though submissions should err on the side of brevity (between 45 minutes and 60 minutes). 
     Accepted Formats: .mov, .mpeg4, .mp4 (NOTE: an H264 .mov file is best for online streaming)

Suggested Reading
     Word Count: 750–1500 words
     Accepted Formats: .doc, .docx, .pages
     Style: Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition
     
Citations and References: Endnotes only on a separate page; DO NOT USE the endnotes function of your word processing application.

Reportage
     We publish original photo essays that treat the website as an exhibition venue rather than as a portfolio revue. Successful projects will engage with the formal issues of the internet. In other words, projects that consider the website a space of encounter between the audience and the artwork. We do not publish documentation of artworks of any genre, including video stills.
     Size: Maximum width of 1500px (pixels)
     Image Count: Photo essays of no more than ten (10) images.
     Resolution: Saved for web (72dpi at maximum width).
     Accepted Formats: JPEG

Send submissions to editor@thecoupproject.org. Artists submitting image, audio, and video files may send their entire submission via WeTransfer to editor@thecoupproject.org. Authors who wish to include image files with their texts may send their entire submission via WeTransfer to editor@thecoupproject.org. The subject line must read either "Submission for Journal" or "Submission for Web".