Why the use of art on the UMOJA magazine cover?

Artists help to tell the story of the Black experience. They are profuse in their use of images of things that matter to Black people (family, children, education, beauty of self, music, religion, values). UMOJA has helped to raise the awareness of the existence of Black artists who tell our stories of struggle and victory, of poverty and aspirations, of sacrifice and education, always with a sense of dignity and self-respect, which is often missing in art not done by Black artists. By having a piece of original art on its cover each month, UMOJA has introduced art and Black artists to a whole community and to two/three generations.

Calling all artists!

Put your artwork on a UMOJA cover!


Original artwork in all mediums will be considered. Professionally photographed two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork will also be considered. Selected original artwork must be available if it needs to be re-photographed to meet production specifications.


Entry Checklist

All images submitted will be considered for selection.


Required Materials:

  • 1 Artwork Image – The image must be high resolution (at least 300 dpi), with color accuracy representing the original artwork. Each image must be labeled with the artist’s name and artwork title.
  • Artist Statement or Bio (Word Doc) – 150 words max


Selection Criteria

Works selected will fit the monthly editorial topic and reflect the county’s unique stories, history, and people.



Submission deadlines are on the 10th of each month.



Selected artists will receive the following for reproduction rights in UMOJA Magazine

  • $100 honoraria
  • Three (3) free magazines for personal distribution

Monthly Topics

Jan – MLK Holiday
Feb – Black History Month
Mar – Women’s History Month
Apr – Financial Literacy & Annual Business
May – College Graduation
Jun – High School Graduation
Jul – Special Edition
Aug – **off month – no issue**
Sep – Back to School
Oct – All About Health
Nov – Giving Thanks
Dec – Holiday & Kwanzaa