• Our print issues are on an indefinite hiatus. All submissions will be considered for online publication.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcomed and encouraged. Just let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere.


Big Lucks is excited to announce that an anonymous donor has funded a design contest for LGBT-QIA artists of color. The winning design will be selected as the cover for Joshua Jennifer Espinoza's forthcoming Big Lucks chapbook, Outside Of The Body There Is Something Like Hope.


  • **The designer must identify as an LGBT-QIA person of color.**
  • Decision Process: finalists will be selected by the Big Lucks editoral staff; Joshua Jennifer Espinoza will select the winning design.
  • Submission Fee: none!
  • Deadline: June 15th, 2018
  • Prize: $250


  • Paper: Neenah Royal Sundance┬« Natural White Felt 100 lb Coverstock
  • Trim size: 5.8" x 8.3"
  • Binding: saddle stitch 
  • Printing: Three color offset (one color is black)
  • Back cover: design optional; publisher will add branding assets to final design ( example)

Art Direction & Guidelines

  • Visit our mood board for inspiration!
  • Here are some poems from the manuscript which can (but do not need to!) serve as inspiration:
  • "Personal Statement"
  • The artist's previous books had bright//neon color palettes. This design should done in a different direction. The artist is hoping to see something that is "stark, but with hints of warmth."
  • The publisher would be happy to see submissions that fit within their chapbook design aesthetic. See examples here.
  • You do not have to submit a final design or final portfolio. We're just looking for artists to work with. That said, feel free to upload one-color comps!
  • This contest is designed to be open-ended and fun. Do not contact the author or publishers for any more specific design direction.