Art & Words

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Update: Art & Words 2018 will be on Saturday, September 29 from 6:00-9:00 PM at Art on the Boulevard in Fort Worth, Texas.

Thanks to the generosity of the Science Fiction Writers Writers of America's grant program, in 2018 we will be able to pay all participants a token fee of $25-30 (dependent on the number of people accepted into the show).

The annual Art & Words show takes place every Fall in September or October. Submissions for art and written work are open from March 1st to March 30th of every year. You do not have to be located in Texas or able to attend to show in order to submit, though preference is given to local visual artists for practical reasons. We accept unpublished or previously published work. Written works submitted will not be published online or in print, only displayed and read aloud at the show, so submitting to this project should not harm your chances of publishing the work elsewhere.

Each visual artist should send up to three .jpgs of visual work. Each writer should submit up to three .rtfs or .docs of written work (up to 800 words for each work of fiction, poetry, or nonfiction accepted, all genres from the realistic to the fantastic) in standard manuscript format. Please send a bio or cover letter with your submission mentioning any publications, degrees, or memberships in critique groups/writers’ or artists’ organizations.

Submitters who submit three pieces or can demonstrate their overall ability through publication credits will have a better chance at being selected. However, once a semi-final selection has been made by first readers, final selections will be made blind.


Art & Words is not a publication. For written works, the work submitted will not be published either online or in print; I do not acquire any rights to work, except the one time right to display a single broadside of the story/poem/essay for the week of the show. The intent of Art & Words is to encourage collaboration and inspiration; thus, participation should be considered more an inspirational tool. You may absolutely submit work used in the show to other venues either before, during, or after the show.

You do have the option of allowing us to include your work in a PDF of the show which is sent out only to the creative participants in Art & Words (as many of the participants are from out of state and are unable to attend, the PDF allows them to experience the show in which their work was displayed). This is entirely optional.

Visual art work included in Art & Words is treated much the same as at a regular gallery; you have the option of allowing us permission to include the art work in promotional materials and on the Art on the Boulevard website, and of selling the work. Due to practical concerns, we limit the number of non-local visual artists accepted; artists will be expected to arrange for drop-off and pick-up of their work at Art on the Boulevard. Art on the Boulevard’s commission on visual art sold is 30%.

In 2018, thanks to a SFWA grant, all participants in the show will receive a token payment of $25-30.

Art & Words