Open Call | Dovetail: Fields

This opportunity is closed, but you can submit your work anytime to Dovetail’s rolling open call for online features.


Dovetail Magazine positions contemporary visual art in dialogue with ideas around place. This year, it launches Fields, a new zine project that aims to bring together, in a printed format, diverse perspectives around art and the spaces we traverse and inhabit. Dovetail was founded as a print magazine, and over time, it transformed its intent and direction. Fields marks a return to its origins in a fresh, accessible, artist-focused format.


field (noun): [ fēld ]

: n. an area of open land
: n. a particular branch of study or sphere of activity or interest, or a place where a subject of scientific study or of artistic representation can be observed in its natural location or context
: n. a space or range within which objects are visible from a particular viewpoint
: adj. carried out or working in the natural environment


For Fields no.1, Dovetail invites submissions from artists and writers based in the Midwest or whose work focuses on locations, landscapes, the environment, social issues, migration, and other themes of the Midwest region. For the purposes of this project, the Midwest region is defined as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa.


Stories may include photo essays, artist profiles, interviews, critical reflections, and more, and Dovetail would especially like to prominently feature and engage Native artists, the LGBTQ+ community, creatives of color, and individuals in the rural Midwest. A minimum of five stories will be selected from this open call.


Proposals selected for a story will receive a $500 stipend. Artists may submit work that has already been made, however new work, work-in-progress, or work that has not previously been published elsewhere is particularly encouraged. Work for this issue may also be considered for a feature on The Niche and is selected and curated by Dovetail Editor and Young Space Founder Kate Mothes. This project is supported by a generous grant from Arts Midwest.


Send any questions or concerns you may have via email to Kate at All correspondence will be through email only. If you encounter any issues with this form or any other part of the submission process, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!




Please complete the form below. This is a free opportunity; there is no entry fee.



All writers and visual artists in all career stages who are at least 18 years of age and are based in or work in themes relating to the Midwest region are eligible to submit work for consideration for Dovetail: Fields. A CV is not required to apply. If selected, you may be asked for additional information.



Fill out form below and upload:

If submitting visual art: up to five (5) distinct pieces of work for consideration. These may be representative of your work for informational purposes or to illustrate a current creative path and may not be the exact pieces included in publication. If selected, high-resolution images will be requested. Artists are encouraged to propose new work for Dovetail: Fields. 

If submitting writing:1-2 PDF samples of your writing and/or links to other platforms where it has been published

— CV (optional)


Image Specifications:

— Format: JPEG

— Size: ~2000px wide; maximum 3MB

— File name format: LastName_Title.jpeg


Important Dates:

Entry Deadline: Thursday, February 29, 2024, 11:59 p.m. CST

— All applicants will be notified of the final decision by the end of March

— Projected deadline for projects will be in the mid-summer, open to discussion on a project-by-project basis



Online entry only via website. This is a free opportunity; there is no fee.


Agreement & Photography:

Dovetail reserves the right to use images of the artwork for publicity and educational purposes in perpetuity. Arts Midwest may request to republish the story online, to be discussed on a case-by-case basis. By submitting artwork via this call, the artist is agreeing to the terms outlined above.


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