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SUBMISSIONS

Birdy is Colorado’s premiere independent art and comedy magazine. We are an eclectic, tastemaking venue documenting the cultural landscape of our time by featuring locally, nationally and internationally recognized artists, writers, comedians and more. Published monthly since 2014, Birdy is high-end, collectible and timeless. We offer an ever-expanding spectrum of written and visual exhibitions, advocating creative exploration of art and ideas every month. Birdy is fundamentally a vehicle and voice for talent and compassionate business. Free. Monthly. In print and online.

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WORDS

“It Ain’t Whatcha Write, It’s The Way Atcha Write It” -Jack Kerouac

We’re looking for short stories, poetry, prose, comedy, humor, satire, interviews, exposés, essays, narratives, opinion articles, commentaries, fiction, nonfiction, flash, activist pieces, historical pieces, research, infographics, how-tos and more. When in doubt, send it our way!

FORMAT

All written content must be submitted in the following format:

  1. Pages, Doc, Docx and Google Docs. (We will consider RTF though it’s not our favorite). We DO NOT accept or read PDF or Watermarked versions of written content. We will not open, read or consider formats outside of the above listed docs.
  2. All works MUST include your First and Last name as you would like to be printed, current mailing address, phone number, email, word count and title of your piece.
  3. All works must be formatted with Times New Roman, 11 pt. Font, Double Spaced.
  4. Word Count: Aim for shorter pieces: 250-1500 words. However, feel free to send longer stories too (1500-2500.) We accept submissions up to 3000 words. 

EDITING

We use a combination of AP Style and Birdy House Style for edits. Contributors will be sent a style guideline sheet per request or per the suggestion of the Editor-In-Chief. 

All pieces are edited via Track Changes in Pages or Docs or Suggested Edits in Google Docs. Written approval via email or Accepted changes via Google docs are legally binding.

Edits will be returned ONCE to contributors for approval unless otherwise specified by the Editor-In-Chief. 

We reserve the right to make minor grammatical changes without the contributor’s consent during final layout or to pull a piece at any time due to spatial issues or lack of approved edits.

PRO-TIP:

Multiple submissions are highly encouraged. The more we see, the more likely you will be published. Including your social media handle and sites that show your portfolio or work is also highly recommended. If we like what you send us, we usually tend to dig a little deeper to see what else you have to offer as we like to print writers multiple times or regularly if they jive with Birdy’s style.

VISUAL

“Art is the proper task of life.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

We accept paintings, drawings, photos, posters, designs, sketches, comics, cartoons – basically anything that is visually creative, colored or in black and white. We do not accept hard copy submissions. We recommend peeking at our issues, website and Instagram to get a taste of what we dig.

FORMAT

All visual content must be submitted in the following format:

  1. JPEGs.
  2. NO Watermarks or Signatures or social media handles on the art.
  3. ***Note, artwork does not need to be formatted as 300dpi upon initial submission. If your work is selected for publishing, we’ll ask you to send us a high-resolution version at 300dpi.*** All physical artwork must be photographed or scanned as 300dpi once selected for publishing. You do not need a professional scanner or camera for this. A phone works just fine so long as you format your piece as stated above.
  4. Label each file as the following: JaneDoe_Title (Name should be the name you want to be published as). 
  5. Include your name, mailing address, email and phone number in the body of your email. 
  6. Multiple submissions are accepted.
  7. Please note that RBG or any neon colors will not translate as vibrantly to print so make sure to adjust your work to CMYK before sending them to us.

PRO-TIP:

Multiple submissions are highly encouraged. The more we see, the more likely you will be published. Including your social media handle and sites that show your portfolio or work is also highly recommended. If we like what you send us, we usually tend to dig a little deeper to see what else you have to offer as we like to print artists multiple times or regularly.

EDITING:

We will not edit your image without your written approved permission. If we need to make minor adjustments such as modify a color or crop part of a piece for publishing purposes, we will always consult with you first. We do reserve the right to include story titles over art images if your image is selected to be paired with a story or written work.

We reserve the right to pull a piece at any time due to spatial issues or lack of approved edits.

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Forget You Honey by Heather Reynolds

Heather Reynolds, Forget You Honey

SUBMIT NOW

    GROUND RULES & GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS:

    Birdy Magazine LLC (“Birdy”) is a Denver-centric publication and distributes throughout Colorado, however, your piece should apply beyond the scope of our city and state. Be sure to grab the current issue and read a few of our back issues to get a sense of who we are and the kind of content we publish.

    You have and reserve the following First Rights on all submitted “Work”:
    *You can submit your submissions to other publications and organizations, as well as maintain it for personal use on sites and social media; provided, that once your Submission is accepted by Birdy and scheduled for publishing, you must refrain from submitting your Work(s) to other publications or posting your Work(s) on your personal sites and social media before the issue comes out, unless it was previously published before established communication with a Birdy representative. We reserve the right to publish your Work on any of our website and social media platforms and in Best Of Birdy issues and books.

    Pitches, drafts and completed works are all accepted. We view all Submissions and will contact those whose ideas fit into Birdy. If we like your Submission, we will contact you. It may take months, so please be patient, understanding and kind. We will not respond to any aggressive or mean spirited emails.

    We do not accept degrading or hateful Works. We DO accept and publish curse words and such language when used in an enriching, humorous or artistic fashion. We DO NOT print sexually abusive or degrading Works. If in doubt about the subject matter of your piece, please ask us to review it and we will let you know if your idea or topics for our publication.

    We reserve the right to edit your written Work according to our house style (AP Style/Birdy House Style), aesthetic and layout needs. All contributors will receive notification of any changes or edits via email and will be required to give approval of these changes via email communication. We reserve the right to make minor adjustments to visual Work such as modify a color or crop part of a piece for publishing purposes. All contributors will receive notification of any changes or edits via email and will be required to give approval of these changes via email communication. We reserve the right to include story titles over visual Work if your image is selected to be paired with a story or written work. Birdy is not responsible for any color, cropping, folding, or marking on published Works made as a result of machinery or equipment failure during the printing process. We reserve the right to pull a Work at any time due to spatial issues or lack of approved edits.

    We do not accept hard copy submissions or submissions over social media platforms including Facebook or Instagram.

    Submissions are only accepted via this form or email at: submissions@birdymagazine.com unless previously established by a Birdy representative.

    SUBMIT YOUR WORK

    REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES, AND COVENANTS:
    To induce Birdy to publish the undersigned contributor’s (“Contributor”) Work, Contributor hereby represents and warrants to Birdy, and covenants with Birdy, that: (i) all Work is and will be original; (ii) if Contributor uses any previously copyrighted or otherwise protected material in connection with or incorporated into the Work, Contributor has obtained or will obtain all permissions and consents necessary to use (and for Birdy to publish) such previously copyrighted or otherwise protected materials prior to Contributor’s submission of the Work to Birdy; and (iii) the Work does not and will not infringe or otherwise violate any intellectual property or other proprietary rights of any individual or entity, and there is no claim or other action pending, or to the knowledge of Contributor, threatened, alleging any such infringement or violation or challenging Contributor’s rights in or to the Work, and, to the knowledge of Contributor, there is no existing fact or circumstance that would be reasonably expected to give rise to any such claim or other action.

    INDEMNIFICATION:
    To induce Birdy to publish the Contributor’s Work, Contributor hereby agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Birdy and its members, directors, managers, officers, employees, agents and affiliates (each an “Indemnified Party”) from and against any and all liabilities, losses, damages, judgments, assessments, penalties, fines, fees, costs and expenses, including, without limitation, legal costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees) which any Indemnified Party may hereafter incur, pay, become subject to, or have assessed against it by reason of any third party claim, suit, action or proceeding at law or in equity (each, a “Claim”) arising out of or relating to (i) any infringement or violation of any intellectual property or other proprietary rights of any individual or entity arising from Contributor’s Work, or (ii) any breach of any of Contributor’s representations, warranties, or covenants set forth above. The defense of any Claim shall be provided by legal counsel reasonably acceptable to the Indemnified Party and any settlement of a Claim shall be subject to the prior written approval of the Indemnified Party.

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