The Scarlet Letter
What we are looking for
We accept a wide range of materials, including both written and artistic work. There are five basic categories of writing that we are specifically interested in:
1. Personal stories, observations, and ideas
This list is very general, and should not stop you from submitting any work that you wish to be considered for publication. To see a far more detailed list of ideas for written material, see our Ideas & Resources page.
Who can submit?
Anyone! Although we are focused on the members of the Lodge and O.T.O., we are always happy to take relevant work from individuals outside our community.
For every issue there will be a general theme, such as Mystery or Fraternity. It is not required to stick to any given theme in order to submit work. It’s a given that several articles in every issue will not jive with the theme—although the more the better. Again, the theme is simply a guide to help relieve the burden of the “blank canvas” syndrome.
There are several ongoing departments in The Scarlet Letter. If you wish for a piece to be considered for a department, please note that with your submission. Otherwise, the Editor reserves the right to place any work under any department. Our current departments are:
Original artwork is always appreciated and helps give The Scarlet Letter character. Because of our production process, artwork that is easily reproduced in black & white will have a higher quality. However, color and/or photographic works are welcome, and our production staff will do everything they can to make them print as nicely as possible. The subject matter of your art is completely up to you and we are always interested in unusual pieces. If you would like to be on our list of artists that are willing to take commissions to illustrate specific stories, contact the Editor.
How to submit your work
Send submissions or inquiries by emailing the Editor or snail-mailing them to:
For written items, you may send it by postal mail or by email (which is preferred). All items must be type-written; we will not accept work that is handwritten (unless that is somehow an integral aspect of the work). Electronic work must be saved in a file format that can be opened by Microsoft Word. If you send work by email, be sure to attach a file; do not submit the work as email text (the one exception to this is if you are sending a Letter to the Editor). For work sent by postal mail, make sure it is highly legible and single-spaced. If you want a document returned to you, you must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
For artwork, you may also send by post or email, or you may otherwise hand it to the Editor. If you send an electronic file, make sure it is scanned at high-resolution (300 dpi). File formats accepted are jpeg (zero compression), tiff, eps, or Photoshop. Physical pieces of art must be no larger than 9” by 14”. If you want artwork mailed back to you, you must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
All submissions remain the copyright of the author or artist, but permission is granted to Scarlet Woman Lodge to print them in their magazine, The Scarlet Letter (both in print and online). The original author or artist will always be credited for the work by the name they choose to publish under, whether civil, magical, or anonymous. No payment is to be paid by Scarlet Woman Lodge for this right. By making a submission, the artist or author guarantees that the work is original or within the public domain and does not infringe on anyone else's copyrights or trademarks. Some referencing of other works is of course acceptable, but should be kept to a minimum, and cited properly. The author or artist of the work, not Scarlet Woman Lodge or O.T.O., is responsible for any legal repercussions that occur for copyright or trademark infringement.