Ink & Letters is currently accepting submissions for its spring 2016 issue, themed pattern. 

When our philosophies are water weak
To urge the sanity of any hope,
Familiar pattern, woe piled up on woe,
Sets life within the nursery legend's scope.
—an excerpt from the poem "Familiar Pattern" by Julia McGrane,
Poetry Magazine, February 1942

About the theme

Humans love pattern. Maybe it's the consistency of it, the predictability of it. Whatever it may be, there must be some reason we sit on patterned couches, wear patterned shirts, and wallpaper our bathrooms (even our toilet paper has a "quilted" pattern). Beyond mere ornament, we are consumed with the rhyme and reason of pattern. It must be central to our humanity.


In exploration of this theme, contributors might consider forming a new pattern or simply exposing an existing one.

A few possibilities to explore:

  • Visual patterns — organic or geometric
  • Themes and motifs in music
  • Patterns of human behavior
  • Patterns and liturgies in worship
  • Seasons of the year, seasons of life

I look forward to seeing the patterns you unearth,

—Corey Lee Fuller, creator of Ink & Letters


  • Email art & design submissions to
  • Email writing submissions to
  • Deadline: Friday, January 8th, 2016.
  • Entries may fall under the categories of art, design, poetry, essays, short stories, or something else entirely. Regardless of medium, works should relate to the overarching theme.
  • Specs: Ink & Letters is  an 8.5x11 (portrait-orientation) print publication. For writers, submit content in Word, or another text format. If submitting artwork or photography, send hi-res JPGs or PDFs. I&L staff will design the pages and spreads. However, if you'd like more control over your page, format as 8.5x11 or 11x17 for a two-page spread, and don't forget to add a little bit of bleed (1/8 inch).