Get Published: Magazine Calls and Challenges


New Publications Coming in 2014: Bella Grace and Willow and Sage



A hand-me-down sweater … a raggedy old skirt from the thrift store … a plain T-shirt … using just a few tools coupled with your creativity, all of these items can be repurposed into new, fashionable finds. We invite you to submit your own altered and embellished clothing and accessories to be considered for this exciting publication. Published items include skirts, dresses, pants, tops, jackets, vests, shoes, and accessories. Please submit a "before" photo along with your altered creation to be considered for publication, if available. Process photos and illustrations are also strongly encouraged. We also encourage you to submit to our challenges below.
Deadline for artwork to be received: Quarterly 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.

Make it Military
Take a cue from Annie Kruse de Jongh, and don’t pass up a chance to flaunt the military trend. After purchasing two vintage military jackets and a few fur collars, she was well on her way to creating two current and couture items for her closet. We want you to alter a vintage military item, or take something somewhat simple and make it military — combat boots, buttons, army print, medals, dog tags, and patches are a few places to start. Let’s pay homage to the troops, and do so fashionably.
Deadline: June 15, 2014.

Little Black Dress
The staple, the classic, the needed, the envied, the fearless and stylish little black dress — we all either have one or desperately need one. Well here is your chance to either revamp your old one or fill the void in your closet. Create that dress perfect for a night out that suits your personal style. Just make sure that it’s upcycled, and send it our way before the September deadline.
Deadline: September 15, 2014.

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 either 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.

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This 144-page publication is devoted to the beauty and artistry of the apron. Whether sewn, crocheted, knitted, felted, appliquéd, bedazzled or altered, tie one on for wearing in the country, the kitchen or in the art studio. Please adhere to the general submission guidelines making sure to label your apron or apron accessories, and including any exceptional stories or techniques in hard copy along with your submission.
Deadline: Ongoing.

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Challenges

Medieval Times
Who do you think of when we say "medieval times?" No, not the dinner theater. We’re referring to well-known characters like Merlin, King Arthur, Queen Gwynivere, Martin Luther, William Tell, and Marco Polo. The list goes on and on — there are so many interesting men and women from history that can be translated into amazing dolls. So dig out your history books or surf the net. Do your research, striving for historical accuracy and quality workmanship. We know you’ll come up with great doll ideas and have a lot of fun in the process. Results will be published in our Winter 2014 issue.
Deadline: June 15, 2014.

Mother & Daughter
Suggested by doll artist Cora Raiford, we hope you’ll join the adventure and try your hand at creating a doll for our Mother & Daughter doll challenge. From celebrity moms and daughters to Marie Curie and her daughter Irene Joliot - Curie to Wynonna and Naomi Judd, the possibilities are far reaching! Draw on mom and daughters from literature, art, or even your own family. We just know we’re going to get some interesting submissions. Make sure to include a few sentences about the inspiration behind your doll, as well as brief instructions. Results will be published in our Spring 2015 issue in plenty of time for Mother’s Day!
Deadline: September 15, 2014.

Black & White
Black and White has long been a favorite color theme 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.

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 for artwork to be received: every August 15th, November 15th, February 15th, and May 15th.


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Art Quilting Studio is where quilting and mixed-media techniques come together to create stunning works of art. 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 for artwork to be received: January 15 and July 15.

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 Stampington & Company's 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 new publication devoted to finding magic in the ordinary. Our aim is to touch the souls of our readers through beautifully penned essays and striking photographs that capture life’s beautiful adventure.

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Beautifully illustrated quotes
  • Stories of simple rituals that get you through the day
  • Lessons learned by slowing down
  • Tales of extraordinary friendships
  • Stories of taking time for yourself
  • Essays about the beauty to be found in the everyday
  • Any other stories that capture that "life is a beautiful adventure."

Photos do not need to be submitted with the stories, though they are encouraged.

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

Deadline for submissions: ongoing.

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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

Adaptable Artwork
In our Winter 2014 Issue, you’ll see four beautiful clothing items from Ewa Zwolin´ska that portray her portraits either painted or printed directly onto fabric. Like Ewa, we want you to find a way to create a new garment or accessory by channeling a previous art project. Do a photo transfer, sketch, painting, sculpture, or anything else you think could make your art stand out in a new and unique way onto something that can be worn. Make sure it’s handmade, and send it our way!
Deadline for artwork to be received: September 3, 2014.

Unusual Uses
A unique article in the Winter 2014 Issue comes from the design team, Tesler Mendelovich. Using wood as a material, they made beautiful clutches. Christina Molcillo demonstrated another innovative use of interesting items, making gorgeous gowns from book pages, teabags, and pompoms. The Unusual Uses challenge requires you to really think outside the box. Gather enough of an unusual material, and use it to create or adorn a handmade garment or accessory.
Deadline for artwork to be received: September 3, 2014.

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 instruction 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 are a creator of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pendants, rings, or other jewelry, we welcome you to submit your artwork for consideration of publication.
Deadline for artwork to be received: Quarterly every October 15th, January 15th, April 15th, and July 15th.

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Finding creative uses for old items is nothing new to artists, but the spirit of preserving the planet is more important than ever before and GreenCraft Magazine is here to honor and inspire those who find artistic applications for normally discarded resources. GreenCraft will provide ideas for repurposing trash to treasure by showcasing projects where waste is repurposed into ecologically chic creations. So … 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 for artwork to be received: Quarterly 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 for artwork to be received: Semi-annually every November 15th, and May 15th.

What’s In Your Bag?
Welcome to this new department in Haute Handbags! 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 the items in your purse.
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 make 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 for artwork to be received: Quarterly 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?

Holiday-Themed Gathering Contest

We’re looking for a one-of-a-kind holiday gathering to feature on the cover of our October issue. If you have a new twist
on a classic holiday theme or have a brand-new take on seasonal celebrating – we want to see the creative details!

1st Prize: $500 • 2nd Prize: $250 • 3rd Prize: $250

To enter: Contestants must email high-resolution images and brief description of event to
mingle@stampington.com by May 15, 2014.

*No purchase is necessary. Winners will be contacted at the reply-to email related to each individual submission by August 20, 2014. Cash prizes will be awarded in U.S. dollars. In the event a prize is not claimed or is forfeited within 30 days of being announced, prize may be re-awarded. Stampington & Company has the right to extend the contest dates at any time. Void where prohibited by law. Non-winners may still be published in an upcoming issue of Mingle.

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 for artwork to be received: Quarterly 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 for artwork to be received: 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 brand new 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 for artwork to be received: Semi-annually 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 managing editor, Jana Holstein at jholstein@stampington.com with Artful Building Block in the subject line.

Deadline for artwork to be received: April 15th for September issue, October 15th for March issue.

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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 managing editor, Jana Holstein, at somersetdigitalstudio@stampington.com. Please put "Somerset Digital Studio" in the subject line. Somerset Digital Studio is published semiannually in March and September.
Deadline for artwork to be received: 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 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 for artwork to be received: Annually every April 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 for artwork to be received: Annually every 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 for artwork to be received: Annually every 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 for artwork to be received: Annually every 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 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 for artwork to be received: 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 for artwork to be received: May 15th for October issue, November 15th for April issue.
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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 for artwork to be received: 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 for artwork to be received: 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 for artwork to be received: 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 for artwork to be received: 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 for artwork to be received: 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:

  • Masquerade
    Masquerades spark thoughts about mysterious party goers dressed up in costumes and wearing masks to hide their façade. They originated back in Europe during the 15th fame ever since, and have been the focus of books, plays, musicals, and movies. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” opens its second act with such a scene: “Masquerade! Paper faces on parade.” We challenge you to incorporate the deception and disguises from masquerades into your own artistic ghoulish-inspired Halloween tricks. Whether you prefer the deception or the glamour, we want to see your spooky interpretations of masquerades including costumes, masks, mystery, and playfulness for our September/October 2014 issue.
    Deadline: We must receive your artwork by April 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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This is an annual publication that publishes stepped-out projects. If you have a technique that you think could lead a Somerset Workshop, please send a letter of interest to the Editor-in-Chief outlining your ideas.
Deadline: Ongoing.

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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 for artwork to be received: July 15th for the February issue and March 15th for the August issue.

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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

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.

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Stampington is launching a brand-new title in 2014 that features natural, handmade products that soothe both body and soul – with special attention to the art of presentation.

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 & Sage
22992 Mill Creek Drive
Laguna Hills, CA 92653


Deadline for artwork to be received: December 15th for the May issue and June 15th for the November issue.

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