Get Published: Magazine Calls and Challenges


New Publications in 2014: Bella Grace and Willow and Sage

Willow and Sage


A hand-me-down sweater … a raggedy old skirt from the thrift store … a plain T-shirt … all of these items can be repurposed into new, fashionable finds with just a few tools and a little creativity. We invite you to submit your own altered and embellished clothing items to be considered for publication in Altered Couture. Items published in the past include skirts, dresses, pants, tops, jackets, vests, shoes, and accessories.

Please submit a "before" photo along with your altered creation, if available. Photos and illustrations showing your process are also strongly encouraged. We also encourage you to submit to our challenges below.
Deadline Every September 15th, December 15th, March 15th, and June 15th.

Challenges

Thrifty Ensembles
Got 20 bucks? Then you qualify for this challenge: Visit a thrift store and purchase an outfit for no more than $20. Take "before" photos of the outfit. Alter the outfit so that it transforms into a new and stylish garment or accessory. Submit the photos, altered item, and description.
Deadline: Ongoing.

Modern Marilyn
For this challenge, we want you to create a garment, accessory, or ensemble channeling your favorite famous icon from the past or present. Make something for everyday wear or a special occasion, make it modern, and make sure it's altered! Who inspired or still inspires you today — Marilyn Monroe, Gwen Stefani, Lorde, Madonna, Grace Jones, Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy, Diana Ross? Let us know, and show us what you can do!
Deadline: December 15, 2014.

Juxtapose
You know the saying, opposites attract? We know it very well at Altered Couture and have seen some beautiful upcycled pieces showcasing juxtaposition. We love where lace meets denim, when girly meets masculine, and everything in between. For this challenge, use the art of juxtaposition to your advantage. Take two or more dissimilar fabrics, styles, colors, textures, etc., and combine them to look like they were meant for each other.
Deadline: March 15, 2015.

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Challenges

Black & White
Black and white is a long-time favorite color scheme for artists. We love the simplicity of black and white — the yin and yang, the opposite or contrary forces that are interconnected. Black can represent power, elegance, style, sadness, even evil. White can represent purity, peace, air, cleanliness, or emptiness and fear. For this challenge, we offer you no specific parameters other than to create a doll with the theme of "Black & White." We're sure our talented readers will reward us with wonderful submissions!
Results will be published in our Summer 2015 issue.
Deadline: December 15, 2014.

Superheroes to the Rescue!
Superheroes have super-abilities and act boldly. They're brave and self-sacrificing. Whether they're able to leap tall buildings in a single bound or they're a courageous princess who's a fierce warrior … there are many ways to interpret your favorite hero. From Superman to Wonder Woman, Buffy to Lora Croft, Spider-Man to Aquaman … we want to see your superhero art dolls! Your superhero doesn't have to come from the pages of a comic book or out of Hollywood, though — maybe your superhero is your mom or a brave firefighter from Ground Zero. Thanks to artist Trish Draper for suggesting this challenge theme!
Results will be published in our Autumn 2015 issue.
Deadline: March 15, 2015.

The Dance
Everyone has a different interpretation of the word "dance," and given the bevy of dance shows on TV we know that dancing is a popular subject. There are as many ways to construe dancing as there are salsa songs! With absolutely no shortage of ideas … Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers, the romantic Giselle, the classical Swan Lake, Patrick Swayze and Jenifer Grey, hip-hop, jazz, the tango … we know you'll have fun with this challenge. So put on some music, dance a little jig and get moving! There are no hard and fast rules. Simply take a spin with your muse and show us how you can translate "The Dance" into an art doll.
Results will be published in our Winter 2015 issue.
Deadline: June 15, 2015.

Paper Personas
Inspired by Judith Thibaut's doll "George in Drag" (Spring 2010) and in the spirit of Lynne Perrella's book Beyond Paper Dolls, we've created a new department in Art Doll Quarterly that will feature one fabulous, artistic and beautifully executed paper doll in each issue. We're looking for expressive paper personas crafted with innovative techniques and art mediums — over-the-top, imaginative interpretations of the human form. Send us your thought-provoking and innovative paper personas for publication consideration. Please note "Paper Personas" on your submission.
Deadline: Ongoing.


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In every quarterly issue of Art Journaling, artists open their journals and share creative techniques for capturing their emotions. From stamping and collage art to painting and sketching, each journal is filled with innovative techniques and inspirational stories. If you have an art journal that you would like to share with our readers, we would love to hear from you.
Deadline: every August 15th, November 15th, February 15th, and May 15th.


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Quilting and mixed-media techniques come together in stunning works of art in Art Quilting Studio. Each issue features a variety of articles, showcasing quilts that exhibit artistic techniques, unexpected materials, and inspiring stories. Art Quilting Studio also includes a number of recurring departments: Artist Portfolio, Series Showcase, Art Quilt Walking, Quilting the Odd and Unusual, and The Last Page (see details below). Whether for a feature article or for a specific department, we welcome quilters of all levels and styles to submit their artwork for consideration.
Deadline: January 15th and July 15th.

Artist Portfolio
In this department, we showcase the artwork and story of an artist with an impressive portfolio.

Series Showcase
Here, we highlight an extraordinary series of quilts created by one artist.

Art Quilt Walking
This department features quilted, wearable arts, including clothing, accessories, jewelry, and more.

Quilting the Odd and Unusual
These are not your ordinary quilts — the quilts included in this department encompass a specific and unique theme.

The Last Page
On The Last Page — which is literally the last page of every issue — we feature a single quilt that has a special meaning or inspiring story behind it.


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Let Artful Blogging be your guide as you discover a world filled with visual delights from today's most inspirational artists, writers, and photographers. In their own words, read how blogging fits into the creative lives of artists and creative souls like yourself. Filled with full-color photography, illustration, mixed-media and assemblage, fabric and vintage artwork — whether or not you have a blog of your own, you will find no richer landscape to spark your own creative fires.

Artful Blogging is a quarterly publication. If you are the creator of a blog or know of one that you think other creative minds would like to know about, please send a letter of interest to the Managing Editor, at artfulblogging@stampington.com.
Deadline for submissions to be received: Quarterly every September 15th, December 15th, March 15th & June 15th.
 

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Bella Grace is a print publication devoted to discovering magic in the ordinary. Our aim is to touch the souls of our readers through beautifully penned stories and striking photographs that capture life's beautiful adventure.

At Bella Grace, we believe that:

  • Every cloud has a silver lining.
  • An ordinary life can be an extraordinary life.
  • There is beauty and magic to be found everywhere.
  • It's OK to embrace imperfection.
  • Life should be lived with a full heart and open eyes.

Bella Grace is currently seeking submissions from writers and photographers who share these same beliefs.

What We Are Looking For

Narratives
We are currently looking for original narratives and poetry that focus on the idea that "life is a beautiful adventure." Submitted work can be about simple pleasures, life lessons learned, slowing down, embracing your authentic self, and more. Written submissions can include accompanying photography, but we will also pair writers up with photographers if necessary.

Photography
Picture submissions should capture the spirit of Bella Grace. They should depict simple moments, bits of romance, feelings of happiness, etc. Photography can be submitted on its own and will be considered for use with narratives or as the background for some of the quotes featured throughout the book.

Designed Quotes
Throughout each issue of Bella Grace are beautifully designed quotes. Photographers, graphic designers, illustrators, and artists of all types are invited to submit their own designed quotes. They can include photography, typography, hand-lettering, and more.

Ideas To Get You Started

We are happy to receive general submissions, but in case you need a few ideas to get you started, we are also looking for responses (photographic or written or both) to the following prompts:

For the Love of Print
It's no secret that the Bella Grace staff loves print magazines (and of course, delicious books too!). We're hoping to have our readers chime in and share their love of print publications with us. Do you have a story about choosing print over digital? Have you found a way to marry the two? What is it exactly that you love about print magazines and books?

Small, Random Acts of Kindness
It's been said that you never know what another person might be going through, so it's important to be kind with everyone. A small gesture, such as a flower placed on a car windshield or an anonymous note left for someone to find, can make a huge impact. For an upcoming issue of Bella Grace, we are hoping to gather as many ideas for committing random acts of kindness as we possibly can. Furthermore, if you have a story to share about the impact an act of kindness has had on you, we'd love to hear it.

Sing a Song of Yourself
Wouldn't it be great to have a theme song for yourself? One that would be played as though you were in a movie? Here in our office, we've been asking each other what a song about them would sound like, and what lyrics it would contain. Now, we want to issue the same question to you. If someone wrote a song about you, what would the lyrics be?

Super Sassy Bios
One of the most challenging assignments can be to write a biography for yourself. No matter how short the requirement, the task can be daunting. While perusing blogs, we've spied some really clever bios, some so unique that we can't help but feel we know that blogger. In 30 words or less, what can you say about yourself? Don't be boring and follow the usual format. Make it fun and attention-grabbing.

Spirited Selfies
For some, the idea of taking a self-portrait (now known as "selfies") can be terrifying. Many of us don't like being on the other side of the camera. It can make us feel vulnerable, self-conscious, and downright uncomfortable. We want to see what our readers look like, though we aren't looking for straight-on, dull headshots. Put an interesting angle on your selfie; show just a glimpse of yourself; capture the essence of who you are.

Bella Grace is released on a quarterly basis: March, June, September, and December. Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis, but must be received on or before the following dates to be considered for a specific issue.

Deadline for submissions:
Winter 2015 issue - August 15, 2014 Summer 2015 issue - January 15, 2015 Winter 2016 issue - July 15, 2015

For consideration, please send any of the above to:
bellagrace@stampington.com

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Belle Armoire offers its readers a chance to publish their fashion-forward and original handmade clothing and accessories. We publish all kinds of women's items across a multitude of styles and techniques, such as knit, crochet, and sewing; dyeing and bleaching; mixed-media adornment on clothing, jewelry, and accessories; hat blocking; fabric, bead, wire, polymer, and metal clay jewelry; and much, much more. We also publish challenge winners (see challenges below) and one Designer Collection artist per issue. To be considered for the Designer Collection, a 10-page feature showcasing your work, please email bellearmoire@stampington.com

Challenges

Altered Couture
To appear in the reoccurring Altered Couture department, look through your old or outdated items, and think outside the box to repurpose/upcycle them into more modern items you'd like to wear. Turn an old sweater into a purse, cut up a men's shirt into chic button-down top, or whatever else you'd like.
Deadline: Ongoing.


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If you'd like to share your inspiration and detailed, how-to instructions for creating beautiful jewelry with readers, we want to hear from you. Belle Armoire Jewelry covers a broad range of mediums, such as polymer clay, metal working, lamp work, wire-wrapping, mixed-media, and much more. Whether you create necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pendants, rings, or other jewelry, we welcome you to submit your artwork to be considered for publication.
Deadline: Every October 15th, January 15th, April 15th, and July 15th.

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GreenCraft Walking
Have you ever made a dress from old T-shirts, or fashioned a skirt from a vintage tablecloth? This department highlights recycled materials that have been transformed into a brand new outfit to be worn out and about. If you ever had big plans to alter that thrifted men's dress shirt or the outdated sweatshirt that has worn out its welcome, here is the place to submit! Please feel free to explore any kind of recycled material that could be used as a basis for your new outfit.
Deadline: Ongoing.

Repurposing Vintage
Thrift-store shoppers and junkers everywhere: We challenge you to reuse vintage in a fresh, upcycled manner. Adding paint or embellishments are just a couple examples of ways you can breathe new life into vintage items. Why not stop into your local thrift store or secondhand shop for inspiration?
Deadline: Ongoing.

Create With Me
Showing children the value of recycling can be one of the most rewarding and fun green projects of all. We challenge you to explore the many ways that repurposed and recycled materials can be used to make chic and artistic projects for kids. This is a fun and playful challenge, and we encourage you to let your inner child shine! Toys and games made from recycled materials are fantastic, as well as easy-to-follow crafts for seasonal projects like holiday ornaments or Valentine's gifts. Just remember to keep it simple for small hands.
Deadline: Ongoing.

Green Living
This department is dedicated to showcasing projects that promote a green lifestyle. These items do not have to be made from recycled or repurposed materials, but they do have to be eco-friendly. Reusable fabric towels, homemade household cleaners, and reusable sandwich bags are some examples of what we're looking for.
Deadline: Ongoing.

Feature Articles
Finding creative and cost-effective uses for old items is nothing new to artists, but the spirit of preserving the planet is more important than ever before. That's why GreenCraft Magazine is here — to honor and inspire those who find artistic applications for normally discarded resources. GreenCraft features articles about repurposing trash to treasure and showcases projects where waste is upcycled into ecologically chic creations. Have you found a use for cardboard rolls left over from paper towels? Have you cut up an old T-shirt and knitted it into a purse? Have you taken a burned-out light bulb and made it into a beautiful flower vase? Have you transformed old board games into notebooks? Then we want to hear from you! Submit your recycled, reused and repurposed items to GreenCraft Magazine today!
Deadline: Every March 15th, June 15th, September 15th, and December 15th.

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How do you carry it? That's the question Somerset Studio would like to help answer through our new and exciting special publication titled Haute Handbags. Whether we use purses, clutches, totes, portfolios, sacks, bags, or attachés, there are many styles made with an astounding array of materials emerging from all corners of the creative world – all vying to be carried and used with style. You are welcome to construct a bag from scratch, or to purchase one that you embellish and alter with paints, beads, rubber stamps, ribbons, buttons, transparencies, and more. No medium or material is ruled out so use your imagination to make bags of leather, wool, fabric, paper, plastic, wood, glass, or any other materials that you love.
Deadline: Every November 15th, and May 15th.

What's In Your Bag?
We all know what we put in our bags: a wallet, a few pens, or maybe a journal or two. We're asking you to share with us what you carry in your bag on a daily basis. Whether it's your yarn and crochet hooks, a few pictures of your children, a sketchbook of your latest projects, or even your recent find at a thrift store, we want to see what treasures you hold in your bags.

Place your bag and items on a neutral or white background. Take a picture of your arrangement; follow these guidelines for taking and submitting the picture:. Please don't use flash photography. Provide a list of all the items shown in the picture and a brief explanation of each.
Deadline: Ongoing.
 

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For that added touch of glamour without the complexity, Jewelry Affaire is a quarterly publication dedicated to the art of understated, yet extraordinary jewelry. You don't need to be a master craftsperson to create wearable art that makes a statement. The refashioning of a vintage piece into something new, embellishing a chain, the placing of a pendant, adding beadwork — anything that exemplifies sophisticated chic on an easy to understand level can be submitted.

Here are some of our ongoing departments we feature in every issue:

  • Whimsical Wares
    • Jewelry that is out of the ordinary and extraordinary
  • Among Nature
    • Adornments that are otherworldly
  • Vintage Jubilee
    • For loves of heirlooms and findings, celebrate with classics that make time stand still
  • Artistic Affaire
    • Innovative to wear and uncomplicated to share
  • Black Tie Affaire
    • Dripping with jewels, pearls, and other sumptuous materials, these sophisticated statements pieces can make every day feel like an occasion

If you're interested in being in our artist for the Feature Article, please email a link or pictures of your jewelry collection.

Deadline: Every November 15th, February 15th, May 15th, and August 15th.

 

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Challenges


Unique gatherings take center stage with our now-quarterly publication, Mingle! From intimate art retreats, to creative, one-of-a-kind celebrations, Mingle provides the inspiration you need to plan extraordinary gatherings with an artistic flair. For this publication, we are looking for stunning photographs and stories from unique gatherings such as the following:

  • Intimate Affaires Do you get together regularly with close friends for a night in of crafts? Perhaps you have a tradition of going to the park for a knitting circle or a picnic.
  • Art Retreats Do you plan art retreats for others to come participate in? Have you attended one that had a profound effect on you?
  • Handcrafted Weddings Was your wedding completely crafted by hand? Did it take place somewhere unique?
  • Birthday Parties & Anniversaries Did you throw a party for a friend that was simply over the top? Maybe you thought of an interesting theme.
  • Party Details Did you take a couple pictures (or maybe just one) of a stunning aspect of an event that you think Mingle readers need to see?

This is just a sampling of the items we are looking for to publish in each issue of Mingle. Submissions and questions can be emailed to the editor at mingle@stampington.com, or saved on a disc and mailed to our physical address. If selected, we will need hi-res versions of your photographs.

Deadline: Every February 15th, May 15th, August 15th, and November 15th.


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Prims features exclusively handcrafted folk art inspired by a bygone era that will captivate the imagination and enchant with its simple beauty. Artwork by primitive, folk, historic, and early Americana artists explore the traditional beauty of handcrafted art making. Included on the pages are dolls, paintings, mixed-media artwork, along with a mix of teddy bears, animals, and other primitive characters. Stampington & Company's tri-annual publication is released every January for spring, May for summer, and September for autumn/winter.
Deadline: every April 15th for the September issue, August 15th for the January issue, and December 15th for the May issue.

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More than ever before, artists are discovering the joy of combining sewing with mixed-media projects, as artists recognize that stitches are not limited just to fabrics. Machine stitching can be added to almost anything including paper, transparencies, fabric, batting, canvas, foil, paper bags, kraft paper, and so much more. For those who choose to work with more durable materials like wood, metal and clay, stitches can also be added, but usually by hand. Whether you sew by hand or machine, we invite you submit your most innovative and imaginative art projects that incorporate sewing, for this special publication. Sew Somerset will feature projects of the highest caliber that Somerset Studio is known for … projects that will surely take your breath away … projects that will look "So Somerset!" In this 144-page publication, you will find beautiful photographs, easy-to-understand techniques, and a bounty of tips, ideas and inspiration. Sew Somerset will help you learn how to add stitches of varied lengths, sizes, colors, and dimension into your next art project.
Deadline: Every July 15th and January 15th.

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Somerset Apprentice is published semiannually and is currently open to submissions from all our readers who wish to share their art with our audience. Somerset Apprentice provides a basic and thorough understanding of techniques geared toward people who aspire to make Somerset-esque art, but need to learn the fundamentals through easy-to-understand instructions and close-up photos. Somerset Apprentice focuses on the basic how-to's of amazing artwork.

General Artwork Submission Guidelines
All artwork must arrive at our offices on or before the published deadlines. We prefer submissions of original art. If original art is not available, our next preference is hi-res digital images (300 dpi at 8" x 10"). All artwork must be identified with the artist's name, address, email, and phone number clearly printed on a label attached to each sample. As artwork often gets separated from instructions during our selection process, we ask that you also inscribe your name and address somewhere on each piece of art. If you desire acknowledgment of artwork receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped postcard.

Artful Building Blocks
In each issue of Somerset Apprentice, we publish Artful Building Blocks — easy techniques that can be the starting point for a great work of art. If you have a technique that would make a good Artful Building Block we encourage you to submit it for publication consideration. Artful Building Blocks must be fairly simple and straightforward so that those new to mixed-media art can easily do it. ABB's are shown as a 2-page spread. The first page shows the completed artwork and a brief introduction, and the second page shows the steps needed to create the technique. To submit your idea(s) for an Artful Building Block, here are some guidelines:

  • Your Artful Building Block technique must be presented in six easy-to-do steps — one of which is Step 1 - "Gather all your supplies" with an image of what is needed to create your project.
  • The remaining five should show the other steps taken to complete the technique.
  • Copy must be written that includes a brief introduction (2-3 sentences), a tools and materials list, the steps, and 2-4 tips.
  • Send image of original artwork shot alone, and then photographs of the 6 steps. (Remember: Step 1 must be "Gather all your supplies")
  • Images need to be shot on a white background in natural light.
  • Images must be sent at 300 dpi at 8" x 10". Please put them in a zip file or send large images through WeSendIt, DropBox, WeTransfer or similar file sharing program.
  • Please include your name and complete mailing address, plus any website or blog information you'd like published.

Please send submissions to the Editor-in-Chief at Somerset Apprentice at jholstein@stampington.com with "Artful Building Blocks" in the subject line.

Deadline: Every April 15th and October 15th.

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Digital artwork is HOT right now, and we're very excited about this great publication that features all digital designs. Somerset Digital Studio focuses on all things digital — scrapbook pages, ATCs, collages, heritage pieces, iPhoneography, photo manipulations, apps for digital designing — anything that is unique, distinctive, artistic and created digitally. In order to be considered for publication in Somerset Digital Studio, please send via email the following for each submission: a high-res image (300 dpi, at least 10 x 10 inches), a brief paragraph describing the artwork (who's who in any photos or why you were inspired to create it), instructions on how you created your digital artwork including the specifics as to what tools, programs, etc. you used. To be considered for an article, please include a brief query along with at least 5 images to support your idea. Please include your name, email and mailing address with every submission. Emailed submissions should be directed to the Editor-in-Chief at somersetdigitalstudio@stampington.com. Please put "Somerset Digital Studio" in the subject line. Somerset Digital Studio is published semiannually in March and September.
Deadline: Every October 15th and April 15th.

A Submission Form must be attached to your artwork.  Click here to download this form.

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Handcrafted Projects for Christmas, Halloween & Other Holidays
For most art and crafting enthusiasts, holidays are the best reasons to create handcrafted projects … either to keep and treasure in the home, or to give and share with friends and loved ones. But with so many holidays that seem to come around more quickly with the passing of each year, even the most creative minds need project ideas. Christmas cards, gift wrap papers, wreaths, advent calendars, Halloween trick-or-treat pails, papier mâché Valentine hearts, glittery paper hats for the New Year, patriotic paper fans for Independence Day, and Thanksgiving table decorations are just some project ideas that you might consider. Somerset Holidays and Celebrations is sure to become a holiday tradition in many homes, where ideas for creative celebrations abound. Please submit your most festive projects for the following categories to be considered for this beautiful 144-page publication.
Deadline: Every March 15th.

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You are cordially invited to submit artwork to be considered for this special publication showcasing handcrafted items to decorate the home. Somerset Home features items from every room in the home – from the bedroom, the kids' room and the bathroom, to the kitchen and the living room. And don't forget the backyard and the front porch! We are looking for a variety of items including but not limited to: embellished pillows, wall art, hooked rugs, altered lamp shades, quilts, table top items, aprons, embellished chandeliers, garlands for the mantle, decorations for the front door, slipcovers, and more! Pictures of artfully decorated or lived-in spaces are also most welcome in the highest resolution possible.
Deadline: Every September 15th and March 15th.

Furniture Transformations
This section features upholstered and redecorated furniture, inspiring you to look twice before tossing out an unwanted or worn item, or even to try your hand at creating the furniture you've always wanted to have.
Deadline: Every September 15th and March 15th.

Looking In
This section is all eye candy, featuring pictures from artfully arranged homes. We hope that these vignettes inspire you to organize or style your space in a creative way. Many thanks to the artists and photographers on these pages for inviting us to come in and make ourselves at home.
Deadline: Every September 15th and March 15th.

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Somerset Life aims to demonstrate how easy it is to add a touch of beauty to our daily lives, whether it is through a simple craft project, or an inspiring essay that shares how to find the beauty that already exists. Our mission is simple: make the ordinary extraordinary. For those looking to be a part of this bestselling publication, we have a number of ways to do so. We are currently looking for artwork submissions in the following categories:

The Magic Of:
For these challenges, we'd like to see unique ways in which you treat these raw materials and incorporate them into your everyday living. Please refer to the article about The Magic of Tulle in the Spring 2009 issue of Somerset Life for ideas on what we are looking for.

  • Paper Bags:
    Who knew that simple paper bags used to pack up school lunches held so much creative potential? They can be stamped on, doodled on, or embellished with washi tape. They are great for wrapping small gifts with and can also be used to house snacks for get-togethers. For our Spring 2015 Issue, we want to see what you can do with the humble paper bag.
    Deadline: November 15, 2014.

Celebrations of Life:
As Oprah Winfrey says, "The more we celebrate life, the more in life there is to celebrate." To this end, we'd like for you to join us in creating themed parties that everyone can enjoy. Whether your contribution is the invitation, favor, centerpiece, or other decoration, join us as we celebrate life:

  • Perfectly Pretty Packaging:
    A quick journey through blogs and Pinterest makes it clear that clever packaging ideas are all the rage these days. We loved how Connie Govea Stuart wrapped up one of her submissions, and it made us want to see your different ideas for packaging presents.
    Deadline: November 15, 2014.

We also have a list of submissions we are always looking for, which are the following:

  • Locales of Intrigue
    This special department features stories about truly unique stores and boutiques across the globe. Stores that would like to be featured in this department are asked to submit digital images of the store with a brief written query to the Editor-in-Chief at somersetlife@stampington.com. If the submission is accepted, professional hi-resolution digital images (300 dpi at 8" x10") will need to be furnished by the store.
    Deadline: Ongoing.

  • Life Creative Spaces
    Where do you create? Whether it's a small table or breakfast nook, cleared-out closet, or an actual room dedicated as your creative studio, we want to peek inside. If you think your creative space is something that Somerset Life readers would like to learn more about, please submit digital images of your space with a brief written query to the Editor-in-Chief at somersetlife@stampington.com. If the submission is accepted, you will be asked to furnish professional hi-resolution images (300 dpi at 8" x 10").
    Deadline: Ongoing.

  • Mood Boards
    Artists frequently create mood boards that contain scraps of paper or fabric or other assorted elements that they like to display on a wall or a large piece of cardboard or foam core. These boards provide a ground from which ideas for projects come alive. Aside from their functionality, mood boards can become incorporated as part of the décor. Please submit digital images of your mood boards with a brief written query to the Editor-in-Chief at somersetlife@stampington.com. If the submission is accepted, you will be asked to either furnish the actual mood board or to provide professional hi-resolution images (300 dpi at 8" x10").
    Deadline: Ongoing.

  • Miscellany
    Sometimes, an image of something lovely is all we need to feel inspired. Have you taken a photo of something that makes you feel inspired? Perhaps it is a photo of your collection of vintage handkerchiefs. Or an old stack of books. Or your treasured stash of ribbons. Please submit your favorite digital images (5" x 7" @ 300 dpi) to be considered for Somerset Life's special Miscellany department to the Editor-in-Chief at somersetlife@stampington.com.
    Deadline: Ongoing.

  • Artful Kits
    We all love to collect papers, ribbons, embellishments, and other bits and bobs. More fun than collecting specific elements is finding creative ways to juxtapose the pieces together to create unique kits. Whether you create them to give away or to sell or offer to students in a workshop setting, we'd like to see your favorite kits. Please send in kit samples directly to the Editor-in-Chief as outlined in the Submission Guidelines.
    Deadline: Ongoing.

  • Creative Living Ideas
    In each issue of Somerset Life we share 10 Creative Living Ideas, we show quick and easy ways to add a touch of beauty or creativity to your life, or perhaps someone else's. Maybe you have a clever way of packing a sack lunch, or you have a developed a creative way of saying "Thank You" to a friend. Please send in samples directly to the Editor-in-Chief as outlined in the Submission Guidelines.
    Deadline: Ongoing.
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Challenges


Think Outside The Book
A collection of memories doesn't always have to be presented in a book. We absolutely love Caroline Rondel's "Collections" featured on page 20 of our Spring 2012 issue. Her beautiful presentation of memorabilia and nature finds make this a charming and attractive way to capture her memories. For this challenge we want you to Think Outside the Book. How can you present an assortment of memories in a way that's different and unique? We're looking for collections of memories that are compiled "outside the book." Maybe you can come up with a folder or box, a necklace, or something else distinctive that will wow us!
Deadline: Every May 15th for October issue, November 15th for April issue.
A Submission Form must be attached to your artwork Click here to download Form

Strings Attached
Louise Nelson's layout, "Up Up" featured on the cover of our Spring 2012 issue has some wonderful elements that immediately draw your eye to the page. The bright orange thread makes it appear that the little girl is being pulled up into the air by a beautiful butterfly. This got us thinking — what other kinds of things might be at the end of a thread or string? What would you attach? Would you add a pair of scissors and cut the apron strings between you and your college bound son? Would you be dreaming of riches and wealth and attach a string from you to a stack of money? We're sure you can come up with some novel ideas, and we'd love to see what you can do!
Deadline: Every May 15th for October issue, November 15th for April issue.
A Submission Form must be attached to your artwork Click here to download Form

Gifts From The Heart
Have you created an amazing piece of memory art for your best friend? Or maybe a sweet keepsake for your new niece or a special heritage Christmas ornament for Uncle Max? We're looking for new ideas and artistic offerings that translate into beautiful memories as handcrafted gifts for friends and family. Please send us your mixed-media special gifts from the heart for publication consideration. For information on submitting your artwork, please see the Submission Guidelines, and be sure to note clearly "Somerset Memories Gifts from the Heart" in your submission.
Deadline: Every May 15th for October issue, November 15th for April issue.

Artful Journals
Journaling has always been a fabulous way to chronicle your feelings, your everyday musings, and your hopes and dreams. Here at Somerset Memories we think that journaling in an artful way can become a fabulous kind of memory art to cherish for years to come. Perhaps you've made pages in your journal that focus on the birth of your daughter, the graduation of your son, your feelings on being chosen for teaching a workshop, or a difficult time you went through. We're looking for artistically created art journals that are destined to become keepsakes. For information on submitting your artwork, please see the Submission Guidelines, and be sure to note clearly "Somerset Memories Artful Journals" in your submission.
Deadline: May 15th for October issue, November 15th for April issue.

Memories in Moments
Share a heritage/memory art project that can be completed in 20 minutes or less! In the increasing rush and complexity of everyday life, not everyone has time to spend hours upon hours creating beautiful art (though we'd all love to in a perfect world). However, we know that beautiful heritage/memory art can be created in a few precious moments, and we'd love to gather your innovative ideas and inspire readers to preserve their precious memories in those little pockets of time (20 minutes or less) as they arise. For information on submitting your artwork, please see the Submission Guidelines, and be sure to note clearly "Memories in Moments" in your submission.
Deadline: Ongoing.

Go Digital
If you have created computer-generated scrapbook pages, simply e-mail low resolution scans (72 dpi) of your pages to us at memoriessubmissions@stampington.com. If we choose your page, we'll contact you via e-mail for the high-resolution image.
Deadline: Ongoing.

Show Your True Self — Tattoos and All
Scrapbook pages often depict seemingly perfect people — adorable infants, angelic children who never throw a tantrum, and dreamy, air-brushed self-portraits. Then there's the heartwarming journaling recounting baby's first tooth, a first day of school, a wedding. While it's important to preserve such happy moments, it's also the dark and difficult days, the somber thoughts and serious reflection that can make for compelling pages. We invite you to create your own scrapbook pages that look at life honestly, that are unafraid to share the negative feelings as well as the positive ones, and that offer a self-portrait that's true to oneself and one's view of reality rather than an idealized picture. There's no formula, no single style, no one way to create these pages. We'll publish as many of your pages as we can in upcoming issues.
Deadline: Ongoing.

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As the leading mixed-media publication, Somerset Studio aims to share the latest tips, tricks, and techniques being used in the art community, as well as share tales of creativity through essays. Each issue has a selected theme that we provide to give artists inspiration for their work, but we also accept submissions that do not follow a selected theme. All submission samples should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief as outlined in our Submission Guidelines. Our current theme submissions are as follows:

  • A Springtime Celebration
    During the long, cold days of winter, we often find ourselves dreaming of the coming spring months. With warmer days and flowers blooming, it's easy to catch a little spring fever. It's during those months that we also celebrate a number of holidays, including Easter, Passover, and Mother's Day.

    For our March/April 2015 Issue, we want to see artwork that has been inspired by the beauty of springtime. Art journals, collages, assemblages, greeting cards … we want to see them all!
    Absolute Deadline: October 15, 2014.

  • Wax Poetic
    There are countless ways of incorporating wax into your mixed-media work. Elements can be dipped into beeswax, or entire pieces can be coated in it. Wax adds a gorgeous texture to projects as well as a dreamy, romantic feel.

    For the first time ever, we are issuing a technique challenge for our Expressions department. We want to see wax creations of all types for our May/June 2015 Issue. This includes all kinds of wax. Those wanting to kick it up a notch and experiment with encaustics are encouraged to do so. Our aim is to fill the magazine with unique, stunning mixed-media art that incorporates wax. We hope you'll submit!
    Absolute Deadline: December 15, 2014.

  • The Black-and-White Issue
    Combining black and white in your artwork is sure to make a bold and beautiful statement. There is a reason that these shades are matched up together over and over in fashion, home décor, and more. The last time we issued a black-and-white challenge in Somerset Studio, we were floored with the results. So much, in fact, that we want to do it all over again.

    For the July/August 2015 issue, we want to see your take on this classic color combination. Altered books, assemblages, collages ... we want to see it all. Add a pop of color or leave everything neutral; the choice is all yours!
    Absolute Deadline: February 15, 2014.

Somerset Studio is also seeking the following types of article submissions on an ongoing basis:

  • The Last Page
    We conclude each issue with a narrative accompanied by a piece of artwork. Published submissions have included essays on what creativity means, how art has touched lives, and much more. Each essay submission should be approximately 300 words and should also contain a hi-res photo of artwork to accompany it. Submissions can be emailed to the Editor-in-Chief at somersetstudio@stampington.com.
    Deadline: Ongoing.

  • New Takes on Old Techniques
    There are some great mixed-media techniques out there that aren't being used anymore now that they are older. Somerset Studio is always looking for new takes on older techniques. Have you found a new way to do an image transfer? A new purpose for embossing powder? It's time to brush off some of those old supplies and get to work! All submission samples should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief as outlined in our Submission Guidelines. 
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Be a part of the fastest growing movement in the crafting word: the softie movement. Published twice a year, Stuffed is 144 pages of fun and whimsical soft dolls, accompanied by technique articles and a large gallery section. Felt monsters, crocheted food, fabric pirates...we're looking for softies that show the heart and soul of plush art while demonstrating artistic touches.
Deadline: Every July 15th and March 15th.

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Stripe Hype
It's no secret that stripes can drastically change the appearance of an object. Many of us have looked into a mirror in horror at that horizontally-striped T-shirt that makes us look wider or marveled at how tall and slender we look in vertically striped trousers. For this challenge, we at Take Ten ask you to create dimension with stripes. Paint stripes on your cards, add them with washi tape, draw them, use patterned paper, and, of course, stamp them! Remember to keep the card simple and easily recreated in 10 minutes or less, and don't forget to include stamping. Send us your favorite results by October 15th for possible inclusion in the Take Ten Spring 2015 Issue.
Deadline: October 15, 2014.

Variation on a Theme
We are always looking for artwork made with the Variation on a Theme concept. Create a set of cards that share a theme — a color palette, layout, stamp set, etc. — but use a different stamped image(s) on each. Include as much variation in your cards as possible, while still adhering to the original theme to keep your cards looking great together as a set. Remember to make your cards in the Take Ten style, and keep them quick and easy!

There is no deadline — we'll be taking submissions for this challenge on an ongoing basis. Please note "Take Ten — VOAT" on the envelope.
Deadline: Ongoing.

A Different Point of View
How many different looks can you achieve with one stamp? We are looking for cards made with the Different Point of View concept. Find your favorite versatile stamp and create several different cards using that image or a portion thereof. Really challenge yourself to view the image in new ways, and push the boundaries of a single stamp. Remember to make your cards in the Take Ten style, and keep them quick and easy.

There is no deadline — we'll be taking submissions for this challenge on an ongoing basis. Please note "Take Ten — DPOV" on the envelope.
Deadline: Ongoing.

General Cards
We are looking for quick and easy stamped cards for this best-selling magazine. Send us your "ten minutes or less" artwork in any style, theme or color and we'll send you a free issue if your artwork is published. (Due to the volume of submissions, artwork submitted to Take Ten will not be returned.)
Deadline: Ongoing.

Quick & Easy Gifts
Here at Take Ten, we are always on the lookout for quick and easy stamping techniques -- but that's not limited to cards! We'd love to see what you can create when you go beyond cards. Pick up your stamps, give yourself 10 minutes, and see what interesting stamped projects you can come up with. From tags and boxes to frames and gift bags, we want to see it all! Send us your best for a chance to be published in an upcoming issue of this quarterly publication.
Deadline: Ongoing.

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Challenges

Celebration Challenge
Who needs an excuse to celebrate? Here at The Stampers' Sampler, every new day presents a fresh opportunity to commemorate some of life's most memorable moments! Our annual Celebrations Challenge is back, and we know that the talented readers are bustling with new creative card ideas and stamping techniques to share. Birthdays, graduations, weddings, baby showers, and bridal showers — these are just a few of the special moments to spotlight around your celebration themed cards. We're always looking for clever twists on traditional festivities, but these days a number of lesser known, more offbeat holidays are gaining momentum, such as Pi Day, May the Fourth Be with You, and Sibling Day, so don't limit yourself. You can even make up your own celebration! There is always someone or something to celebrate, and we are waiting to see what your imagination comes up with. Be sure to include rubber stamping on your cards and to get them to us by November 15th.
Deadline: November 15, 2014.

A Different Point of View
A single stamp has endless options. Part of the joy of rubber stamping is the number of ways one stamp can be used. We are always looking for submissions for A Different Point of View. Take a stamp that catches your eye, and create several different cards using that image or a portion thereof. Really challenge yourself to view the image in new ways, and push the boundaries of a single stamp.
Deadline: Ongoing.

Themeless Artwork
As part of our shift to quarterly and the new and larger size of The Stampers' Sampler, we would love to make our Feeling Themeless a recurring department! So, create to your heart's content, free of any restraints, and remember to share the results with us.
Deadline: Ongoing.

A Call for Articles
We are always looking for new and innovative stamping articles. If you're interested in submitting an idea for an upcoming issue of The Stampers' Sampler, we would love to see it. Just send us 5–10 cards that demonstrate the same theme, a new stamping technique, a unique usage of an unexpected or interesting material, or an exciting project. Just make sure it has stamping on it!
Deadline: Ongoing.

Are you The Stampers' Sampler's next Guest Artist?
Since The Stampers' Sampler was first circulated 20 years ago, this publication has featured many Guest Artists. This department is dedicated to artists (many who began as loyal readers) who capture The Stampers' Sampler style — original greeting card creations that incorporate rubber stamping into the design. If you are a dedicated stamper, this is your chance to show off what makes your talent unique, whether you have a signature inking technique, an anything-but-ordinary style or a knack for layout designs. We would like to see new techniques, ones that are contemporary and one-of-a-kind, and vast themes. If you would like to audition to be a guest artist, we ask for the following:

A minimum of 5 sets of 3 cards to each set (ideally, we would prefer 8 sets of cards in a similar), for a grand total of 15 – 24 cards.

The best way to become familiar with what makes our guest artists stand out is to take a peek through our publication. For each set, keep in line with a similar color palette or theme. We're dedicated to showcasing the very best artists, and we would love to feature your talented creations for all our readers to see!

Tempting Template
Some of us are born with a rebellious streak and any regular old card won't satiate that creative urge. That's where the Tempting Template department in The Stampers' Sampler comes in!

In every issue, you will find a template to go wild with — shrink it, duplicate it, let your imagination hold free reign. The Tempting Template Challenge heeds some of the most creative results when it comes to the submissions that we receive. If you would like to submit a template for possible publication in an upcoming issue, please mail your new template ideas and a sample card using your template.

For a better idea of what we're looking for, click here to view our templates online.

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Willow and Sage is a brand-new title launched in 2014 that features natural, handmade products that soothe both body and soul. We're paying special attention to unique packaging and the art of presentation, and we want YOU to be a part of the next issue!

Here's what we're looking for:
• bath salts and soaks • solid perfumes • natural scents • homemade soaps • face masks • sugar scrubs • soy and wax candles • unique spa kits • gift bundles • handmade bath and body products in beautiful packaging • and more!

For Consideration, Please Send High Resolution Digital Project Photographs to: We Also Accept
Mail Submissions:
willowandsage@stampington.com

For general artwork guidelines and more information, please visit:
stampington.com/submissions
Stampington & Company
Attn: Willow and Sage
22992 Mill Creek Drive
Laguna Hills, CA 92653


Deadline: Every December 15th and June 15th.

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