SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES

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GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • We are only accepting work from people ages 12-26 with disabilities.

  • You may submit up to one piece of art, one piece of poetry, and one piece of prose. There is no submission fee. We will not be counting any additional submissions.

  • Write a brief statement in English (1-2 paragraphs, double spaced, Times New Roman font of 12 pt. size) and answer this question. Why did you choose to submit this piece, and how does it connect with you as a person with a disability?

  • We are looking forward to reviewing work on any topic! If you choose, your work can illustrate the concept of disability or feature characters with disabilities. 

  • If you have submitted your work to other competitions/magazines/media, you are responsible for getting permission to submit to Perceptions.

  • Please be sure that your application adheres to all related requirements (read specific requirements for writing and art listed below). You may be disqualified and/or ineligible to receive an award if you fail to comply with any of the requirements.

  • After proofreading your work, submit to perceptions.submissions@gmail.com! With your submission, also include your full name, age, email address, and country. In your email, you must state that you identify as having a disability, that you understand and have followed the guidelines, and that your work is original. Write the name of your piece in the subject of the email. If you are under the age of 18, please include a note from your parent or guardian giving parental consent to your participation in this contest.

  • All submissions must be original material and may not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity.

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CREATIVE WRITING

Content:

  • Please submit creative nonfiction, poetry, or fiction (short story or an excerpt from a novel).

  • Entries should not exceed 1,500 words.

  • Submissions must be in English. If words or phrases in another language are used, translations must be included.

  • Please make sure you are also following the general guidelines (listed above).

  • We are looking for submissions that have creativity, originality, a sense of depth and strength, and proper grammar (with no spelling errors or grammatical mistakes).

Format:

  • Typed, double-spaced, using only Times or Times New Roman font of 12 pt. size.

  • Please include your title and word count on the upper left-hand corner of the first page. Please do not: place your name nor any awards, publications, etc. anywhere on your submission.

  • Uploaded documents must be Word or PDF files. No other format will be accepted.

Feeling Ready to Submit? Please Follow These Guidelines:

  • With your submission, also include your full name, age, email address, and country. Write the name of your piece in the subject of the email.

  • In your email, you must state that you identify as having a disability, that you understand and have followed the guidelines, and that your work is original. If you are under the age of 18, please include a note from your parent or guardian giving parental consent to your participation in this contest.

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VISUAL ARTS

Content:

  • Please submit paintings, drawings/illustrations, and photography.

  • Please make sure you are also following the general guidelines (listed above).

Format:

  • ​Do not place your name, a watermark, or any identifying information in or on your submission.

  • Please make sure to use natural sunlight and a neutral background when taking a picture of your art (so the lighting is good and there are no shadows or a glare).

  • Format your submission in a JPEG (JPG), PDF, or PNG file only.

Feeling Ready to Submit? Please Follow These Guidelines:

  • With your submission, also include your full name, age, email address, and country. Write the name of your piece in the subject of the email.

  • In your email, you must state that you identify as having a disability, that you understand and have followed the guidelines, and that your work is original. If you are under the age of 18, please include a note from your parent or guardian giving parental consent to your participation in this contest.