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Guidelines for Submissions
Kaleidoscope magazine creatively focuses on the experiences of disability through literature and the fine arts. Unique to the field of disability studies, this award-winning publication expresses the experiences of disability from the perspective of individuals, families, healthcare professionals, and society as a whole. The material chosen for Kaleidoscope challenges and overcomes stereotypical, patronizing, and sentimental attitudes about disability. We accept the work of writers with and without disabilities, however the work of a writer without a disability must focus on some aspect of disability.
The criteria for good writing apply: effective technique, thought-provoking subject matter, and in general, a mature grasp of the art of story-telling. Writers should avoid using offensive language and always put the person before the disability.Kaleidoscope accepts:
Articles relating to both literary and visual arts, interviews, or personal accounts – 5,000 words maximum/double spaced.
Short stories with a well-crafted plot and engaging characters – 5,000 words maximum/double spaced.
Poems that have strong imagery, evocative language – six poems maximum.
- Book reviews
Reviews that are substantive, timely, powerful works about publications in the field of disability and/or the arts. The writer’s opinion of the work being reviewed should be clear. The review should be a literary work in its own right – 5,000 words maximum/double spaced.
- Visual arts
Art of all media, from watercolor and charcoals to collage and sculpture; six to 12 works maximum. We accept black and white glossy photos, 35mm slides and color photos. Any art submitted digitally must be in a high-resolution (minimum of 300 dpi) .tif format converted to CMYK (we cannot guarantee color accuracy of RGB files) or grayscale to ensure the best print quality. If art is selected for the cover, we may request a color guide print to ensure color accuracy. The photos should have a neutral background with the art as the main focus. Include captions on the photos stating the size, medium, and title of work.
Payment is made upon publication and varies from $10 to $125, plus contributors receive two complimentary copies of the magazine. Copyright reverts to author upon publication.
UDS considers unsolicited material (always include SASE), accepts simultaneously published work, acknowledges receipt in two weeks, rejects or accepts within six months, and reserves the right to minor editing without author’s approval (substantive editing with approval). Writers and artists may also be asked for permission to publish art and excerpts online.Kaleidoscope is published twice a year, in January and July, with submission deadlines of August 1 and March 1. Please send your qualifying submissions to:
United Disability Services
Gail Willmott, Editor-in-chief
701 South Main Street
Akron, OH 44311-1019