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Artists' Submissions

Artists' Submissions

Artists’ Guidelines for élan Magazine

Submission of Portfolio

Any individual active in the fine arts or performing arts and who also lives, works, exhibits or performs in the Northern Virginia area is encouraged to send a press kit, portfolio or web site information to Art Director Jean Davis at 1144F Walker Road, Great Falls, VA 22066 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Please note that submission of a portfolio does not guarantee that an article will be published in élan. You will be advised of our decision in a timely manner. An artist who is approved for a profile will be contacted by a writer who will schedule an interview. This process will likely take several months. If you have been approved for publication and have not heard from us in that time, please email Jean at the above address.


At least one month prior to date of publication, the artist should provide high resolution digital images of artwork or performances. Performing artists should submit at least 2 high-quality performance photos. (Artwork on websites is usually of low resolution and can't be used in the magazine.) In addition, we will need a candid or formal head shot of the artist. Artwork and photos may be delivered to Art Director Jean Davis via e-mail or a file delivery system such as DropBox. CDs may be mailed to 1144F Walker Road, Great Falls, VA 22066.

Format of Photos

Please submit digital images that are 300 dpi in resolution, in either jpeg or tiff format, and approximately 8 in. wide or larger. Each image should include an identifying caption. For artwork, include the full title, medium (e.g., acrylic on wood or multimedia) and size of the original piece. For photographs, include the full title as well as any enhancement techniques used.

Artist’s Questionnaire and Release

Upon acceptance for publication, the artist should complete the pdf questionnaire and release form in order to provide contact information and a brief artist’s statement. The form requires a signature granting élan permission to publish the resulting article as well as the artist’s photo and artwork. Download Form Here

Copies of Published Articles

élan magazine will provide three free copies of élan for artists upon publication of the profile. Artists may purchase additional copies at $3 each. Since there is a limited number of copies available at the office, artists must e-mail Jean as soon as possible to be sure extra copies are available to be set aside. Copies must be picked up at the Great Falls office during business hours or by arrangement. A pdf of website quality will be provided if requested; e-mail Jean for this.

For further information, contact Art Director Jean Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 703-435-0949.