Guidelines for Submitting an Article to the Folk Art Messenger

  1. Topics should be of general interest on the subjects of folk art, outsider art, visionary art, art brut and/or self-taught art. Subjects include but are not limited to artists, exhibitions, book reviews, obituaries, museums, environmental sites and/or news. World art is also welcomed as a topic.
  2. The Folk Art Messenger follows the Associated Press Style Book, in a journalistic style similar to that of a newspaper or magazine. Footnotes are generally omitted, but exceptions are made occasionally.
  3. Articles should be in the 1,000- to 2,000-word range, accompanied by pertinent photographs to fit at least two per page. Longer or shorter articles will also be considered.
  4. Color photographs are preferred, with the highest possible resolution. Articles without photographs are generally not accepted. Photographs should be submitted electronically, on disk, in WeTransfer or in print form. Permission must be obtained for the use of other’s photographs, including those of museums and collections.
  5. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically in MS Word. (In .doc, not in .docx.)
  6. The editors will edit all accepted submissions and return same to the author for his or her final approval before publication.
  7. The Folk Art Messenger is nonprofit and accepts no advertising. Therefore, no payment is made to the author or photographer. No expenses are paid. Extra copies of the Messenger are sent to the author and/or photographer after publication.
  8. Articles must be original and not previously published, except in rare cases where permission must be obtained. If the article is published subsequently in another print or electronic publication, note must be made of prior publication in the Folk Art Messenger (with permission.)
    The author retains the copyright.
  9. The Folk Art Messenger assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or artwork.
  10. Reproduction of any portion of the Folk Art Messenger and its website ( is prohibited without written permission.


Signed: Ann F. Oppenhimer, Publisher
January 22, 2014

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