Container publishes new objects on a quarterly basis.

Periodically, we open to submissions of original poetry, fiction, nonfiction and other text-based work to develop into limited-quantity objects. 

Instead of a traditional cover letter, submit a pitch letter telling us how you picture your text working outside of the traditional book context. Is it meant to be contained in a shoe box? Smeared on a set of petri dishes? Shaped as a workable model volcano? In this letter, be sure to describe the intent of the project and how you see the text supporting the form/shape you’re pitching.

While we’re interested in making books into art objects, we’re not necessarily looking for strictly “artist’s books.” For examples of work we admire, check out our Open Container page

We encourage you to check out these two posts for more details prior to submitting:

A complete submission contains:

  • Contact information
  • Pitch letter
  • Bio statement
  • The text
  • (Optional) Any material which supports your proposal: napkin sketches, audio files, videos—if it helps us visualize or understand the project, send it

Submissions to Container require a $10 fee. These fees support printing and material costs, and help us keep the lights on. That said, we believe publishing should be open and equitable for all; should circumstances preclude you from being able to afford the submission fee, please contact us to make alternate arrangements for your submission.

Container's 'Look Book' subscription series features works of literary and visual art presented in the form of View-Master reels, which can be read by inserting the reel into the viewed and advancing the frames forward. 

Additional background about our 2018 series – which featured Douglas Kearney, Teresa Carmody and Madison Creech (collaboration), Sawako Nakayasu and Naomi Reis (collaboration), Greg Santos and Derek Beaulieu – can be found at https://acontainer.co/look-books/.


SUBMIT TO OUR 2019 SERIES

While series contributors are traditionally recruited by direct solicitation, we've reserved one spot in our upcoming 2019 series for work submitted through this open call. 

Complete submission details can be found here. Broadly, we're seeking individual or collaborative works comprised of exactly seven images in that fall under one of these two categories:

  • Graphics with text & images combined. ​For this option, you design all aspects of the project, including laying out images and typesetting text following the criteria detailed in the submission guidelines attachment above. 
  • Visually oriented or VisPo pieces. ​In this option, the text and graphics are intrinsic, already-achieved, elements. ​

The seven images should:

  • Be submitted as JPGs, accompanied by the original project files (e.g. PSD, AI, EPS) where relevant.
  • Be at least 300 dpi resolution.
  • Be 1112px wide by 955px tall. 

Read the full submissions guidelines for complete details. 

Ends on November 30, 2018$10.00
$10.00

Container publishes new objects on a quarterly basis.

We are currently open to submissions of original poetry, fiction, nonfiction and other text-based work to develop into limited-quantity objects through November 30, 2018.

Instead of a traditional cover letter, submit a pitch letter telling us how you picture your text working outside of the traditional book context. Is it meant to be contained in a shoe box? Smeared on a set of petri dishes? Shaped as a workable model volcano? In this letter, be sure to describe the intent of the project and how you see the text supporting the form/shape you’re pitching.

We strongly encourage you to read these two posts for more details prior to submitting:

While we’re interested in making books into art objects, we’re not necessarily looking for strictly “artist’s books.” Please check out our Objects page to review the examples of work we've previously published.

A complete submission contains:

  • Contact information
  • Pitch letter
  • Bio statement
  • The text
  • (Optional) Any material which supports your proposal: napkin sketches, audio files, videos—if it helps us visualize or understand the project, send it

Submissions to Container require a $10 fee. These fees support printing and material costs, and help us keep the lights on. That said, we believe publishing should be open and equitable for all; should circumstances preclude you from being able to afford the submission fee, please contact us to get a link to submit your work fee-free. 


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