Technical Communication Online Cover Illustrations

I commonly receive lots of CFPs (Call for Papers or Call for Proposals) for various intellectual or scholarly publications. Toady is the first time I’ve received a Call for Cover Illustration Proposal though, and it seems to fit close enough to many of the ideas we’ve covered this semester that I thought I’d pass it along. If I had received this Call for Cover Illustrations a few months ago, I would have turned it into an assignment for you in this course.

Technical Communication Online is the quarterly scholarly journal for the Society for Technical Communication, the world’s largest professional association “dedicated to the advancement of the field of technical communication.” Here’s the call:

STC is pleased to announce the call for cover illustrations for the August and November 2018 issues of Technical Communication.  The deadline for submissions is 1 June, 2018.

For the August 2018 issue, we invite cover illustrations on the subject of rethinking ideas of audiences and users in technical communication.

For the November 2018 issue (a special issue on election technologies), we invite cover illustrations on the subject of technical communication, elections, and the role of technologies.

Cover illustrations might be diagrams, drawings, photographs, collages, infographics, cartoons, comic strips, or brief graphic narratives.

For either issue, please submit your cover illustration (approximately 20×20 cm or 8×8 inches) as a high-resolution (300 dpi or better) jpg file by 1 June 2018 to with a brief explanation (100-200 words) of how your illustration addresses the cover subject.  A five-member international jury of specialists will organize anonymous review of the submissions and choose each issue’s cover illustration.  Honorable mentions will be published inside the journal.

If you have questions, please e-mail the editor, Sam Dragga, at

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