Submissions open!

Cheap Imitation Magazine is seeking musical scores for publication in its inaugural issue. Issue One: (dis) continuity


One of the more unique things about Cheap Imitation is our commitment to publishing original musical compositions. Core to the concept of Cheap Imitation is our dedication to innovative art in whatever form it chooses to take. We want to present our audience with art and literature from every viable form and tradition.

While we primarily publish literature and visual art, every issue of the magazine will feature at least one previously unpublished, original piece of music carefully curated by our music editor & composer Cole Adams and by the rest of our editorial team.


Submission Fee – $4.00

Expedited Submission Fee – $10.00 (hear back within 2 weeks)

Technical Specifications

10-15 pages of a full original composition or an excerpt of an original composition.

Format: PDF

If you have a link to a recording of the music, please do put it in your cover letter. We can read sheet music, and we do publish the sheet music, but recorded music might help us get a better understanding of your work.

Theme Information—

Every issue of Cheap Imitation is curated around a single theme or idea, and we aim not only to carefully consider the quality of individual works, but to also examine and consider the as the interactions of the individual works within the journal with one another, and the way in which their placements modify the meanings and associations of the other. Compositions should be based around or related to the theme of the issue in which they wish to appear.

If you are not chosen, it is only because your work does not fit within the arrangements of works in the main journal, we will still consider you for online publication and showcase for the Cheap Imitation Members’ Collective.

Until October 10th we are accepting submissions for our inaugural issue:

  • Issue One: (dis)continuity
    • a break in the natural order of things
    • image distorted into meaning;
    • meaning deconstructed, put back in place, and made anew.


Cheap Imitation acquires First American Publication Rights, and after publication all rights revert to the original author.

We are a paying market. Payment will be rendered upon publication.

We look forward to reading your work!