Art Submission Guidelines
The Upper Room magazine is a daily devotional guide that is published six times a year in many languages around the world. We use artistic interpretations of biblical events to illustrate our front cover. In general, our covers depict events from the Bible. We look for art for each issue within these themes:
- March-April: Last Supper/Passion /Easter
- May-June: Biblical Family Relationships
- July-August: Ethnic art and/or Miracles of Christ
- September-October: Old Testament/Hebrew scripture stories (ordinary time)
- November-December: Annunciation/Visitation/Advent/Christmas
- January-February: Epiphany (Visit of Magi)/Flight to Egypt/universality of Christ
Where do we get the cover art?
We obtain the artwork from a variety of sources: museums, art galleries, individual artists, stock artwork agencies, churches, etc.
What are we looking for in our cover art?
We seek diversity in style, era, medium, and ethnicity of artists. We use both realistic and expressionist art. We try to keep a balance of the traditional and the non-traditional. Traditional is any realistic depiction of a Bible scene/event in a traditional style. Non-traditional might be anything that falls outside of the traditional style -- cubist, expressionist, etc.
We also try to balance the artists who depict Bible scenes using non-European figures with artists using Anglo-European figures. Non-traditional images must be accessible to the average reader.
In addition, the following types of paintings would not be considered:
1. Depictions of a figure alone (Paul or Jesus, for instance) not connected to a specific biblical event
2. Monochromatic paintings (different shades of the same color)
3. Merely religious events that are not biblical (such as a depiction of an event in the life of St. Francis of Assisi or of “Charity” as one of the Seven Heavenly Virtues)
4. Objects alone—such as a dove flying (to represent the dove in the flood narrative)
5. Only a portion of the image of Jesus—such as his pierced feet or outstretched hands
6. Paintings in which figures are portrayed with a nimbus (halo)
7. Paintings that depict prophetic/apocalyptic images
8. Paintings that include words/letters
Also, because of the dimensions of the magazine (6.25" x 4.25"), we cannot publish paintings that feature a horizontal/landscape orientation.
How do you submit artwork?
You may send a photograph of the artwork or color photocopy to us for consideration.
Via US mail, send to:
Via other ground carriers, send to:
OR You may send an e-mail to email@example.com with a jpeg or tiff attachment or a link for locating and viewing your web page.
What happens next?
Your artwork will be evaluated by the cover art editor. You will receive a response letting you know whether or not your image will be held for consideration for possible use on a future cover of the magazine. Images may be held for several months until the next meeting of the cover art selection committee.
Cover art selection
The cover-art-selection committee usually meets in August every three to four years. The committee is made up of a diverse group of staff persons from Upper Room Ministries who help select three-to-four (sometimes more) years’ worth of cover art for the magazine. After the meeting, you will be notified if your artwork was selected.
You must hold copyright to the image you submit or be able to obtain copyright permission for its use.
Payment varies, with a minimum of $200.
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