Imagine how excited I was when my Dad sent me a link to the Cenizo Journal. Based in his hometown of Alpine, Texas, the journal focuses on Trans Pecos Texas. Here is what I found out about the Journal from the editor, Dallas Baxter.
“I encourage folks to approach me about something,” says Baxter. “For one thing, it helps me remember to look for their work and for another, it may be helpful for them to talk a bit about the piece before slaving over it.”
Like many smaller journals, Cenizo wants the author to supply graphics. “Writers are responsible for submitting the photos and/or artwork for their pieces. We pay the artists/photographers for their work ($35 per image) and the writer’s for theirs (ranges from $75 to $175 depending on the length of the piece),” says Baxter.
Submissions should be no longer than 1500 words and need to be about Trans Pecos Texas.
Here is the Primer Baxter makes available to interested authors:
Stories1. Please write to the agreed upon length.
2. Kindly observe the deadlines. They help us all do better work.
3. Art/photos/other visual support should be submitted at the same time as the work itself.
4. Submit work in a Word document attached to an e-mail. The Word format ends with a ‘doc’ extension. If you have a new version of Word that creates ‘docx’ files or something else exotic, please paste your work into an e-mail.
Photos and Artwork5. Art/photos/other visual support should be submitted at the same time as any written work.
6. Photos should be 300 dpi (dots per inch). This will create a high resolution 4’x6′ photo.
7. Take your images with the highest image-quality setting on your camera.
8. Photos you have used on your Web site will be too small for print. Please be sure to send us a 300dpi version of any photo you may have used on the Web.
9. To check the size of your photo on your computer, find the file and, without opening it, let your mouse hover over the file. It will tell you the size of the photo in the file. Generally your photo should be at least 1 MB (black and white files and drawings are smaller). But files of 2 to 3 MB are best.
10. If you have several large photos to submit, although gmail and Yahoo now offer attachments of 20MB, it is sometimes easier to save them to a cd and mail or drop the cd off in Alpine. Or use a transfer site such as yousendit.com. This free service allows you to send 10MB for free or, if you register for free, 100MB.
11. Please do not perform any cropping or image manipulation on your artwork and photographs. Let us do the work in Photoshop.
12. Please don’t use the camera in your phone — the photo will always be too small.
13. File formats preferred: JPEG, Tiff or Photoshop.
14. If you are using archival photos/art for which there is no digital copy, please have the photo/art scanned at 300 dpi and e-mail it to us. Resolution options can usually be found in the settings window of your scanning software. Tri-County printing in Alpine will do this and charge $7.50 to scan up to 5 photos and e-mail them to us.
Creators retain all rights to their work. We are not responsible for the return of unsolicited work.
Sue speaking again — even if you don’t plan to write for the journal, follow the link and look at some of the photos in the first issue. You’ll get to see one of the most gorgeous places on Earth.
Not that I’m biased or anything!