Our print issues measure 6 x 9 inches, but spine thickness varies, depending on the issue’s length. During the layout phase, artists may need to make slight adjustments to keep elements of the artwork from being obscured by the cover text, so we recommend placing focal elements in their own layers. Download a recent version of our template here.

You may submit files in .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .png, or .svg.


The Dread Machine requires a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to reproduce, display, distribute, and publish your artwork in our materials (promotional ads, mostly). You retain ownership and all rights to your artwork not specified here. If you have any questions, you’re welcome to email us or join our Discord server.


Our budget is $300 per cover.


$150 paid upon approval of a sketch, the remainder paid upon delivery of the mutually approved final artwork. Invoice us, or we can send payment via Paypal.


Artists are credited on the cover, title page, copyright page, and all sales pages. Your biography would also appear on our About page, both on our website and on the last page of the issue. We include the art in the form of desktop and mobile wallpapers with each issue purchase, watermarked on the lower left hand corner with our logo and artist credit.

Our Current Vibe

Here are some examples of the styles, colors, moods, and themes that are resonating with us right now. We love images that tell a whole ass story. Show us bizarre and beautiful places, unsettling scenarios, and nightmare-inducing creatures. Bring us to neon-drenched cities and our post-human future. Get weird with it. Make us feel something.

(Oh, and don’t follow Alin on Tumblr unless you’re¬†really¬†into Disco Elysium, synthwave, and retro post-futuristic liminal spaces.)

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