Hello (name of publication or art director if posted, personalize the message if you can, to sound more human),
I noticed on your website (insert website) that you are currently accepting art/looking for your (insert publication entity) and am interested in being a contributor/[candidate for the position]. Here's the link to my current work [with my bio and resume]*. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Preston P. Jackson
For the ones that were open about it, I added footnotes to help jog my memory of what to expect, pay wise, submission fees(?), their response time/ time-line for submissions, and sometimes their preferred methods of receiving submissions. I'm not editing my notes for the sake of sharing the reality of a budding freelance artist trying to get noticed (plus I've already spent 2 hours editing this post). So I'm giving you the awareness of options to submit/not submit your art AND all ownership rights for the the price of a dinner out alone, not including tip. Where I am now (virtually unknown), I'll have to bite the bullet and take what I can get. Please feel free to contribute to further beef this up as a resource and reminder of your options!
http://www.5thplanetgames.com/ *july 15
http://www.albedo1.com/guidelines.html *July 4, pays 20 pounds for covers
http://www.apexbookcompany.com/contact-2/#clean_contact pays $50 for reprint rights, only purchases pre-existing artwork. (quarterly magazine) *July 16
http://www.myartcontest.com/ holding contests for one thing or another entry fee is at least $35
http://www.analogsf.com/information/submissions.shtml (requires physical submissions) $1200 for color covers $125 for b&w interiors. 4-6 best samples.
http://www.andromedaspaceways.com/submissions/the-details/ (Australian publication, pays $100 in Aussie currency for color covers) *july 15
http://aurealis.com.au/submissions.php $75 for covers (must be residing in Australia to submit)
http://www.ballisticpublishing.com/books/exotique_7/callforentries/ (art annuals accepting submissions for either d'artiste, expose, or exotique)
http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/contact.php buys artwork occasionally every year, submitted website for them to choose *July 16 *July 19 received reply, have been added to their database
http://www.blackgate.com/submission-guidelines/ line art, cartoons, b&w *july 6
http://www.bluecanvas.com/magazine/current-contest (quarterly?) *July 15 - October 15 2011 create optionally up to three pieces for the theme Invasion
http://www.catalystgamelabs.com/contact/ (all art is freelance based)
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/artguidelines/ pays $100 for life but rights retained to artist, able to remind them after two months have past. Monthly magazine, high image standard for covers. *July 16
http://darwinsevolutions.com/?page_id=4 pays $50-200 in advance, 20% in royalties after publisher makes back production costs. *july 15
http://www.enigmatigames.com/p/job.html *8/14/2011 (mobile game company)
http://www.electricspec.com/submissions/submitting-art/ pays $20, quarterly pub, buys first print rights then non-exclusive after 4 months. *July 15, 2011 *got reply for being on file on the 17th
http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/ (just covers) *july 6
http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_contacto.asp *submitted july 4
http://www.gudmagazine.com/user/login.do.php *8/16/11 not allowing submissions, might be a dead site
http://www.international-artist.com/ (people and figures) $9 per entry Sept. 14
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=content&article=submitform_return *8/16/11, expect a response after three months. Pays $200 for b&w, $400 for color, purchases exclusive rights for one year, nonexclusive in perpetuity for anthologies etc. in which royalties will be paid bi annually. Needs to be pg-13 rating images.
http://www.koboldquarterly.com/k/submit *submitted july 4
http://ttapress.com/interzone/guidelines/ accepts interior and cover art illustrations. Unsure of submission as of early August, wait ‘til October.
http://www.portiris.com/guidelines/ *8/18/11 negotiable, but probably low pay. Purchase first serial rights and distribution returns to artist after publication. Offers indefinite online gallery exposure. Does not have a practical system for art submissions.
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/ only purchases pre-existing art for their 12 covers a year. *July 16
http://www.murkydepths.com/ *8/16/11 2-8 pounds, variable, purchase 1st pub. Rights, all other rights reverted after 3 months.
http://www.rofmag.com/contact-us/ ([pays $200-650 depending on what your work is used for], competitive, prefers tangible mailing) expect a response within 90 days. *8/18/11
http://www.salonfutura.net/submissions/ *8/18/11 pay is not listed but negotiable.
http://www.spectrumfantasticart.com/entry_info.php (art annual, pay to submit, worth it) sign up to newsletter to submit to Spectrum 19 call for entries.
http://www.subterraneanpress.com/feedback (quarterly) doesn’t tell you squat, looks legit
though *july 16
http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm (just for covers, must mail physical copy)
http://www.totu-ink.com/guidelines.phtml (pays $25 tops) *8/18/11
http://www.trionworlds.com/en/careers/ (concept art job place)
http://www.2dartistmag.com/contact.html (monthly) must be digital(?) *July 16 *July 18 got reply saying need higher quality, and not much to look at, contact in future after more work has been completed.
http://www.neo-opsis.ca/guidelines.htm *8/14/2011, ($100 CAD for covers)
http://www.walrusmagazine.com/queries/ *8/14/2011 (not necessarily sci-fi or fantasy) can submit once a month.
http://www.zahirtales.com/submissions.html *as of 8/18/11 they are not currently accepting art submissions. (low paying, $2.50 entry fee?)