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Now Accepting Cover Art Submissions for Explorations Volume 9!

Each year Explorations calls for cover art submissions based off of 2-3 articles selected as potential themes for the upcoming volume’s cover artwork. The student editorial board votes to choose the winning design, which will be featured on the cover of the next volume of Explorations!

See the covers of Current and Past Issues.

Cover Art Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions must be entirely original work based on one of the article themes below
  • Created while a student at Texas A&M University
  • Only ONE submission per student
  • Include the Explorations Logo in the top left-hand corner, a maroon tab on the right edge, and space for featured articles. See the covers of Current and Past Issues for examples.
  • The original design MUST be 8.625" by 11.125" (Portrait Orientation). This means that your 8.5” x 11” document includes a 1/8” bleed. Your design must extend to the edges of the document (i.e. Do not leave the bleed area blank unless it is intentional for the design).
  • At least 300 dpi. Vector format is preferred for digital artwork. For example, we recommend that works are created with Adobe Illustrator rather than Adobe Photoshop.
  • Photographs and photo manipulations are allowed, but ALL images must be original to the artist. Images from the Internet are strictly prohibited.
  • Hand-drawn and painted submissions are allowed. Please scan in the highest quality available.
  • Submission of a design indicates that you are willing to release copyright to Texas A&M University so that we may use your design both as the cover of Volume 9 and on any promotional material.
  • If your design is selected, you must be able to provide the original file in which the work was created.
Volume 9 Themes
  1. Letters from the "Fritz Ritz": German POWs in America during the Second World War. Read the Abstract.
  2. Spiraling Through Color. Read the Abstract.
  3. Replicating Conditions for the Origin of Life in a Lab. Read the Abstract.
How to Submit
Email a PDF attachment OR shared Google Drive link to explorations@tamu.edu with the following information in the body of your email:
  • First and Last Name
  • UIN
  • TAMU Email Address
  • Title of the Work
  • Brief explanation of the methods used to create your work and how it applies to one of the chosen article themes.

The deadline to submit cover art for Volume 9 is Monday, July 24, 2017 at noon. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at explorations@tamu.edu.