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ASTRO publishes literary and academic writing, photo essays, art, and video. We are interested in pieces that capture the sense of finding oneself in a new place and all the feelings that accompany that. In your submission we hope to find something familiar, something to connect to, a shared experience, a strong sense of place, character and time.

Our submissions come from all types of creatives and others; journalists, anthropologists, photographers, poets, painters etc. But most of all we are interested in stories that can bring together anyone who has left their home and has created a new one somewhere else and can help us build a community.

We are a small team and 100% of our content comes from submissions. We see ourselves as a nurturing, welcoming digital gallery space in which anyone, with or without a portfolio, can share their experiences, engage and entertain readers. We want to make you part of a community of voluntary migrants, a community in which we all share something, but also to make your content look amazing and show it to the world!

We run 2 OPEN CALLS per year with different themes relevant to the current climate but always a focus on migratory practices. 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES AND SPECIFICATIONS

With all submissions, please include A word file (doc or docx) or Pdf with your contact details(email, phone), the title of your project, a statement about the project (up to 300 words), a short bio (up to 150 words) and a picture to accompany it in jpg format . Optional link to your site & IG page (to be featured by our IG).

For Visual Content

Your folder should be titled using your surname and name in the format (SURNAME_NAME) and include:

  • 8 to 30 images from a photographic project, either complete or in progress. 
  • Photo specifications: File type: jpg,size: 1600 pixels the long side, max file size 600KB (for each file)
  • Digital art: Resolution of 300dpi, as a guideline.  Email us for questions.

For Video Content

  •  We request videos in  .mov or .mp4 file onto a file-sharing site and send us the link and details. Or alternately a Vimeo or Similar link.

  • Video resolution must be at least 1080p (1920 x 1080) or 4K (3840 × 2160).  We may request a still image that is at least 3840 × 2160 pixels to use as a cover image for the video.

  • A word file (doc or docx), which must contain, your contact details(email, phone), the title of your project, a statement about the project (up to 300 words) and a short bio (up to 150 words) and a picture to accompany it in jpg format . Optional link to your site & IG page.

For Written Content

  • We publish literary & academic writing, art writing, poetry and everything in between  To us that means anything with a strong sense of place, emotional, physical or mental transition or character. We are interested in pieces from seasoned or from first-timers writers and we accept submissions in case by case basis.

The above guidelines are focused on Photography, Video & Text, but despite that, we accept submissions from any discipline such as painting, drawing, sculpture, sound pieces, installations, recorded performances etc. Since the submission guidelines on those can be unique in piece by piece basis, if you have any questions regarding how to submit your work, please reach out at: contact@thisisastro.com and we will happily assist you with your application.

Finally we ask all of our artists to send us a small text with their answer to this question: “What is home for you?” This serves as a way for ASTRO artist participants like yourself to share their view of home/migration/geographical dislocation in solidarity with those seeking a home, or thinking about home, when they come looking at your projects on the website.

Submit your work via  wetransfer.com
Send to mail: submissions@thisisastro.com
Please read the specifications carefully before submitting your proposal.