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Call For Work: SHOTS Magazine Spring 2020 Issue : SURRENDER

Submit B&W images for publication

SHOTS Magazine : The Quarterly Printed Journal of Black & White Photography   /   Deadline: 03/15/20

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Subscribers submit up to 8 images free of charge, Non-subscribers $20 submissions fee


Submission is open to all photographers internationally. Each new theme for submissions will be announced in the current issue, on our website and on our Instagram page. All processes, formats, techniques and experience levels are welcomed. Color work should be converted to black & white. Please follow guidelines closely.

We encourage a broad, unusual and creative interpretation of our theme. There is no need to be literal but do have images relate to the theme.


• Submissions must be received by call deadline
• Send up to 8 images for consideration
• Images submitted should relate to the theme
• The theme is open to broad interpretation. No need to be literal!
• Please convert color files to black & white
• No submission fee for current and renewing subscribers
• Subscribers can submit an additional 8 images for $20
• Non-subscriber entry fee $20 for up to 8 images ($22 Canada, $24 ROTW)
• Non-subscribers will be sent a complimentary copy of the issue to which they submit, whether their work is selected or not
• Submissions not prepared as per the guidelines cannot be accepted


Publication in SHOTS Magazine - the Quarterly Journal of Black & White Photography, since 1986.


Shots does not review work on websites and does not accept unsolicited emailed files

300 PPI JPEG files, sized to approximately 12" in the longest direction and saved to the highest quality possible. Please include your name and the title of the image in each file name (for example: First _Last_Title.jpg).

Since all photographers submitting work will receive a copy of the magazine they submit to (and thus will see if their work was included), letters of notification are not sent. Please do not contact us asking if you were selected or not, you will be surprised (hopefully positively!) along with everyone else when your issue arrives.

As a way to promote the photographers presented in the pages of Shots and to encourage dialogue between contributors, locations (city/state/country) and website URL's are printed in the back of the magazine. If you wish to have this information withheld, please indicate so. Also, photographs selected for Shots may be presented on the Shots website or in Shots social media feeds. If you do not wish to have your work shown on this site or on our social media sites (Instagram and Facebook), please indicate so. We always try to give photo credits.

All images, without exception, remain the copyright of the photographer creating the work. As creator or the work you own it- please be very suspicious of contests and publications that ask you to surrender ownership of your photographs. We wish to uphold and respect artists, as creators and owners of their work, while being an advocate for photographers rights. Shots Magazine's mission is to promote photography and photographers, never to exploit them. We hope others will respect photographer's rights as well.

The initial choices are made by our editor Elizabeth Flinsch. She is sensitive to a variety of styles and methods of making images and has a broad view of what photography can be. She does not consider the stature of the photographer but makes her choices completely by informed instinct and how the image plays off of or expands the notion of the particular theme in play. From there she makes an initial layout and then she and publisher Douglas Beasley go over image selections and pairings, trying to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

• Not following submission guidelines above
• Submitting image files that are too small to publish
• Submitting color image files instead of black & white
• Desaturating color files instead of converting to black & white
• Over-sharpening image files to the point of garishness
• Putting a photo credit or watermark on the image file
• Submissions that are obviously not aware of the theme

Evaluation Criteria

Images are chosen by artistic vision, overall excellence, how they relate to the theme, how well they reproduce in B&W and the whims of fate. All are subjective...

Contact Information

James Flinsch
2370 Hendon Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55108

P: 651.263.4014

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