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ITCH SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Please do not submit more than FIVE items across categories per issue. 

The contents of each issue of ITCH are loosely organised into four categories:


WRITING **

Work that relies on narrative form, in order to tell some kind of story

  • short fiction
  • short stories
  • novellas (excerpts from)
  • dialogues
  • scripts or screenplays
  • short films
  • oral/audio narratives
  • non-fiction
  • essays
  • in-depth think pieces
  • opinion pieces


Formatting of WRITING submissions:

  • Word limit: 5000 words
  • Please upload your submission into the Submissions window and ensure that all formatting (italics, etc) is correct before uploading.
  • Up to three images may be submitted along with the WRITING piece. Your main image can be uploaded in the Images tab, the remaining two by following the Additional Images guidelines. All image files must be in RGB colour, JPG file format, 72dpi, and no larger than 900px wide and 1MB per image.
  • Audio files should be no larger than 5MB in size. Upload in the Media tab.
  • Video files should be no larger than 50MB in size. We prefer you to submit your piece through an internet link (the submissions portal gives you both the option to upload or to include a link).Upload in the Media tab.
  • Video files should be accompanied by a still image in RGB colour, uploaded in the Images tab, JPG file format, 72dpi, and no larger than 900px wide and 1MB per image.


POETRY **

Work that expresses ideas, experiences or emotions in non-narrative form (abstract, poetic or experimental)

  • poetry
  • experimental writing
  • sound art
  • video art
  • animation


Formatting of POETRY submissions:

  • Word limit: 1500 words
  • Please upload your submission into the Submissions window, and ensure that all formatting (italics, etc) is correct before uploading.
  • Up to three images may be submitted along with the POETRY piece. Your main image can be uploaded in the Images tab, the remaining two by following the Additional Images guidelines. All image files must be in RGB colour, JPG file format, 72dpi, and no larger than 900px wide and 1MB per image.
  • Audio files should be no larger than 5MB in size.
  • Video files should be no larger than 50MB. We prefer you to submit your piece through an internet link (the submissions portal gives you both the option to upload or to include a link). Upload in the Media tab.
  • Video files must be accompanied by a still image in RGB colour, JPG file format, 72dpi, and no larger than 900px wide and 1MB per image. Upload in the Media tab.



** Please note:
Most NON-FICTION, WRITING and POETRY pieces are in written form. However, we welcome submissions in other media that achieve aims similar to those described in each section.


VISUAL

Most often, VISUAL works are rooted in some tradition of visual art. We also often publish short video pieces and animations in this section. Interactive works are welcomed, within the limitations of our technological infrastructure.

  • Graphic designs
  • Drawings and sketches
  • Paintings
  • Photography
  • Video art
  • Animations
  • Computer-generated imagery


Formatting of VISUAL Submissions

  • Up to 10 images. If you are submitting more than one image, please ensure that they are part of a series or constitute a small body of work (i.e. we do not consider portfolio-style collections). Upload your main image in the Images tab, and the group of 10 images as a zipped file in the Images Gallery tab.
  • All image files must be in RGB colour, JPG file format, 72dpi, and no larger than 900px wide and 1MB per image.
  • All image files must be labeled with a title (even if 'untitled') and year of production (no spaces or capital letters). Save each image filename as follows: surname_title_year.jpg
  • Please do note superimpose text over your image. Submit the text separately in the 'Contents' section, and the images in the Image or Image Gallery section.
  • Audio files should be no larger than 5MB in size.Upload in the Media tab.
  • Video files should be no larger than 50MB. We prefer you to submit your piece through an internet link (the submissions portal gives you both the option to upload or to include a link). Upload in the Media tab.
  • Video files must be accompanied by a still image in RGB colour, JPG file format, 72dpi, and no larger than 900px wide and 1MB per image. Upload in the Media tab.

Issue 16: VIVID

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR ISSUE 16
Deadline for submissions: : Friday 7 March 2016

What is it that is most vivid to you? Is it a thought, a memory, a worry, or a dream?

Speak of vivid childhood memories when in truth those snapshots of our distant life can be no more than fading Polaroids in our heads… and yet their vividness seems to come from somewhere else: our perception perhaps, something intangible, the ache of home; the gentility of touch; the senses at their most inchoate and brutal.

The vivid need not be purely sensual: taken more literally or in line with its etymology, it can also refer to that which is full of life, urgent, fresh and spirited. It can insinuate something that inherits and reinterprets light; the source of radiance.

In short, the vivid evokes energy – but energy can destroy as much as it creates. Perhaps, in spite of its implied brilliance, the vivid can be a harbinger of darker things, the juggernaut hurtling through the night that heralds change and disorder.

Let us know what ‘vivid’ inspires in you: is it something to cherish or celebrate, or to fear and monitor?

The theme really is open to as broad an interpretation as possible – we welcome and await your ideas and thoughts with vivid anticipation…

Elan Gamaker
Editor


HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK

To submit an article for issue 16 of ITCH,

  • register, (if you have not done so already. After registering you will receive an activation link via email)
  • log-in (with your new username and password)
  • go to the 'Submit an article' page.
  • Use "my menu" to add a new item


If you have started a submission, but not completed it by pressing "SAVE", you still have time to complete your submission. Please log in, make your final edits, and press "SAVE".