Call For Submissions

Submissions Open: Immediately  Website: www.border-x.com Contact: mauricio@border-x.com

Deadline: Saturday February 1, 2020

Submission Page Count:1 to 8 pages 

Format: approx. 200 pages, Standard US Comic 6.625”x10.25” Full Color perfect bound

To get involved, contact us.

WHAT IS BORDERx: A Crisis In Graphic Detail?

The BORDERx Project is a collective of concerned artists, writers, and volunteers who will raise our voices, raise our pens, raise awareness, raise funds to help migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees. We are creating a comic book anthology. We will tell stories from the frontlines, from history, and from the heart in pictures and words. We are looking for original short comics, posters and illustrations.

The current state of immigration in the U.S. and around the world is a very complex issue and to understand it we need a multi-faceted approach — objective, subjective, historical, personal, speculative, investigative, etc. We want to provide a wide array of insights collected in the anthology and will also produce a companion educational guide to further explore the issues raised in the comics. 

The collected works will be made available to the public through a crowdfunding campaign that will raise funds to print the publication. The majority of the funds will be donated to the South Texas Human Rights Center who work directly with migrants in need.

WHAT WE WANT:

Your donation of time and talent in crafting comics which will serve as the centerpiece in raising funds for the South Texas Human Rights Center. 

  • Stories that explore issues of migration, refugees, and displacement. 
  • Non-Fiction of all types with references and citations (document your sources). 
  • All genres of fiction. Drama. Sci-Fi. Humor. Horror. Anything as long as it’s “on topic”.
  • Infographics. Interior covers. Exterior covers and other one-page projects.
  • Posters, especially WPA-style propaganda posters (contact us for details). 
  • Biographical stories with references and citations when appropriate. 

The final format should be 1-8 page comic art ready for publication. Technical specifications are listed below. 

OTHER WAYS TO HELP:

You can also help ease the difficulties migrants are experiencing in one of three ways: 

  • You can donate physical art, artifacts, signed books, signed posters, etc. that we can include as an incentive for the crowdfunding campaign levels. 
  • Spread the word to everyone who might be able to participate, students, scholars, journalists, as well as comic creators. 
  • Donate! The fundraiser will go live soon, and you can give through the Fractured Atlas portal to the BORDERx Project! Also spread the word to potential donors.

WHAT WE DON’T WANT:

This isn’t about Trump — he gets enough press. He may appear in your story where relevant, but we want to focus on the issue: a humanitarian disaster. As a non-profit, we can’t accept any submissions that openly lobby for any specific candidate or legislation. Please no text only submissions (see FAQ if you’re a writer seeking an artist).

Not sure about something? Contact us. We’re happy to help.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

We expect the final collection to run 200 pages +/-, it will be printed in full color and perfect bound/glued spine on 50lb stock. The pages will be trimmed to 6.625×10.25 so documents must be submitted at 7×10.5 with appropriate margins. More information will be available on the BORDERx site along with templates and guides. We prefer TIFF format, uncompressed at minimum 300 dpi. If you use JPG (not recommended) use minimum 450 or 600 dpi.

COMPENSATION:

All participants published in the print edition will receive a physical copy or copies of the publication. All participants will receive a digital edition of the collection. Additional print copies will be provided if we meet certain fundraising goals or find a print sponsor/benefactor.

USAGE/CREATORS’ RIGHTS:

If accepted, all work submitted to the BORDERx Project cedes first worldwide rights to the work for six months from the date of publication and the right to reprint the work in any format in perpetuity. All rights are reserved by the creative(s) including intellectual property rights. If you wish to publish your submitted work in another publication, kindly let us know so we can promote your work and ours. 

PROJECT TIMELINE

Mid September

  • Call For Submissions 
  • Crowdfunding Site Goes Live

October/November

  • Send in your Pitches/Plots/Descriptions
  • Feedback From Our Editorial Team

Early November

  • Progress Check-In 
  • Crowdfunding Push/Reminder

Early December

  • Final Crowdfunding Push/Tax Deductible End-Of-Year Appeal 

February 1

  • Submission Deadline — Saturday, February 1st, 2020

February

  • Editorial Review/Content Selection 
  • Print Production 

March

  • Rewards Fulfillment
  • Proceeds Donated to South Texas Human Rights Center
  • Final Project Accounting

How Do I Get Involved?

If you want to get involved as a contributor or volunteer, please fill out this form.

FAQ

I have a great story but I’ve never created a comic before, can I participate? 

Pitch us your story and if we think it would be a good fit, we will try our best to connect you with a seasoned comics scriptwriter and/or artist. We cannot guarantee pairings so please try to find an artist on your own.

I’m an artist, but I don’t have a story in mind. 

We are looking for artists to illustrate stories, so please get in touch! We can’t guarantee pairings but we artists are in high demand.

Who is your target audience?

Fans of comix, young adult and up. Activists. Educators. Concerned humans.

Does my comic have to be serious? What genres are you looking for?

Nope! While the subject is serious all types of commentary are sought. Well-written parody, satire, metaphor, allegory, symbolism, motifs, etc. can reach broad audiences. Every genre is welcome as long as the focus is on the migration issue. Sci-Fi, non-fiction, science writing, journalism, fiction of all sorts, if you have a doubt, reach out and we are happy to help. 

Can I submit something that was previously published/will soon be published in another publication?

If you have the rights and are not restricted by any other agreements, you can, but please let us know up front the exact publication and date it was/will be published. 

CONTACT

Mauricio Cordero, Project Director

 

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