2008 Submission Guidelines for Artists
Tikkun needs a variety of types of images to illustrate articles in the magazine. These include but
are not limited to political cartoons, photographs, illustrations, and religious/spiritual imagery. The
best guideline for submissions is to check out the magazine and the current way we are using art.
We now have both color and b&w pages. Below are some examples of current art we have used.
1) GENERIC IMAGES not commissioned by us for a specific article.
The articles in Tikkun cover a wide range of topics, but certain themes run throughout: compassion;
the ability to connect heart-to-heart with others in many different situations; the ways that greed,
fear, insecurity, and hatred corrupt politics, relationships, and institutions; how to hear and connect
with each other and appreciate our interdependence with other people and all living beings. In
short, Tikkun addresses the selfishness and materialism in Western societies and the alienation and
loneliness and oppression that it creates, and seeks to create alternatives, like hope, worship, joy,
interdependence, community, generosity, love, reconciliation, repentance, atonement, celebration,
awe and wonder at the grandeur of creation. We are looking for generic images that cover one or
more of these topics in a way that will move our readers.
Positive Generic Images:
Some recent examples used in or considered for Tikkun:
a) Seeing a person as sacred
b) seeing sex as holy
c) “Heart-centered realism”
Negative Generic Images:
d) Torture victim
e) Clash of religions
Images can also be more content-specific than those above: Apply our general criteria to issues in
health care, the environment, families, childcare, education, the stage we are at in the Iraq war, etc.
One of our favorite (negative) images of education was a drawing showing a despondent child sit-
ting at a school desk, overshadowed by a much higher school desk next to him. It evoked the idea
that whatever we learn at school, most of us learn that we a