I’m accepting submissions for the autumn issue of Monkeyshines. I’m here to tell you, your art is worth payment, and I’m working on methods to pay you for your work, but at this time, if your submission is used, it will be a voluntary contribution. The submission deadline for the summer issue is Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

Where do you send submissions?

Send an email to [email protected]. You can submit a pitch, link, or the actual file(s). If your email attachment is greater than 5MB, it may not get through, so you might want to put the file on something like Google Drive where you can send a link that I can use to download your submission.

What can be submitted?

Any creative endeavor you can email or link to in an email. Seriously. My desire for Monkeyshines is to highlight culture and art in all its forms. Obviously, audio or video will not be printed in the zine, but it can be shared on the website. See “How will your submission be used?” below.

“Anything” includes digital artwork, photography, prose, poetry, editorial, journalism, but it also includes painted or drafted artwork, woodworking, collage, floral arrangements, upside-down urinals, etc. If it can be photographed or printed, it can be included in Monkeyshines.

At this time, there will be no commercial advertising, but if you have a creative-themed event that will take place in September, October, or November, you can submit the event info. If you have artwork for the event, that’d be helpful too.

How will your submission be used?

Monkeyshines is the printed zine, a downloadable PDF, and this website. Your accepted submission will appear on all three. If your submission doesn’t make it into the printed zine, we can discuss whether or not you’d like it to be included as bonus material on the website or possibly in a future issue.

Your printed work will include the title of your work, your preferred pen name, and a mention of your email or social media link that you’d like to highlight. See example below. Artist attribution example: This Here Thing by Kenmore Craftsman; twitter @sears

Additionally, on the PDF and on the website, the social media/email link will be clickable. On the website, I’ll have more room to put your biographical information, if you wish.

Regarding watermarks

Please feel free to sign your artwork as you normally would, but I prefer if I can avoid watermarks on the printed pieces of art. Watermarks are perfectly acceptable on the digital copies of your work. Remember, any work submitted and accepted is still under your copyright.

Is there a theme to the zine?

Nothing specific in this issue, other than showcasing creativity. If I ever go to a monthly schedule, I may introduce themed issues. No monkeys.