Are you “curiouser and curiouser” about tarot? Then follow me down the Tarot rabbit hole each month in my new series. Whether you’re a long-time reader or you’ve never even seen a deck, I’m happy to share my tarot knowledge with you. I may not always be able to answer your questions, and ask you not to substitute my opinions for your own, but I’ll do my best to help. Let’s explore together, shall we?
How can I submit articles for the ATA publications?
The easiest way to submit something is to email it to Editor@ata-tarot.com. We'd prefer to get them either pasted into the body of an email or as an attached file for a word processing program (.doc, .txt, or .rtf format). If you want to include illustrations, please attach the graphics separately and include notes about where to place them.
You don't have to have Microsoft Word or any other fancy software though. We can also accept submissions that have been typed or neatly hand-written, either by fax or regular mail:
American Tarot Association
2901 Richmond Rd Ste 130 #123
Lexington KY 40509-1763
fax (800) 331-7787
What are the differences between Tarot Reflections and the ATA Quarterly?
||Monthly (12 issues per year)
||Quarterly (4 issues per year)
||Free to the public
||ATA members only
||Online web pages
||Printed black & white or
|1000 - 1200 words
||1500 - 2000 words
* These are just guidelines; we can always use shorter pieces to fill out an issue, or break up longer articles into installments.
When do you need them?
We're always on the lookout for new material. If your article is time-critical - relating to a particular season or event - please keep these deadlines in mind. Reflections comes out around the middle of each month, so we need everything together by the 10th for a particular issue. The Quarterly usually publishes in February, May, August and November, so submissions for a specific issue should be in by the 20th of the month before publication.
What topic should I write about?
As long as it's tarot-related, anything goes. Read any good tarot books lately? Do you have a deck you just love - or one you can't stand? Have your cards inspired you to poetry, meditation,artwork, fiction, or even designing your own spreads? Have you learned any tricks to help you remember the cards? Do you relate Tarot to other systems such as runes, astrology, numerology, or even tea leaves? Have you been to a Tarot conference, taken a class, or done readings at a party or festival? Tell us about it!
Do I have to be an ATA member?
No, you don't need to be a member to write for us. If you're not a member and we use your submission in the Quarterly, we'll send you a complimentary copy of the issue it appears in.
Do I have to be a professional author?
No, though we do prefer that you check your piece for spelling and grammar before submitting it.
I'm still a novice tarot reader. Can I still send in an article?
We welcome articles at all levels, from professional Tarot readers and instructors to intermediate and novice students to those still deciding on their first decks.
Can I write under a pseudonym?
Yes, although we do need your real name for our files.
What do you need besides my article?
We like to show our readers that all our authors are real people, so we ask that you include a brief bio and a photo of yourself. If you don't have a scanner or a digital camera, mail in a photo and we'll scan it and send it back to you. We're also happy to include a link to your website or an email link for readers to contact you.
Please send your questions to RabbitHole@ata-tarot.com.