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Get Published: Magazine Calls and Challenges

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Altered Couture

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

A Fancy Refashion
Do you have an old bridesmaid’s dress hanging in your closet that you are unlikely to ever wear again? Perhaps you have a prom dress or other dress from a special event that you wore once before finding a place for it in the back of your closet. Maybe even your own wedding dress is awaiting a special transformation. Well dig those dresses out of your closets because they will be receiving a second life. We challenge you to give a makeover to a formal dress, whether that means cutting it up and piecing it back together or giving it a bit of an update with some embellishments, embroidery, paint, dye, or bleach. We’re so excited to see your take on refashioned formal wear!
Deadline: September 15, 2016

Out to Sea
When it comes to sunshine-filled summer days, there are few things better than spending a day at sea — whether that sea is an actual ocean, a lake, a water-hole, or a blow-up swimming pool. But since we are still waiting for summer to arrive, we thought what better way to prepare than with a nautical-themed challenge. So batten down the hatches and pull out your sewing, upcycling, and dyeing supplies because we want to see it all, from garments to accessories and shoes. Think stripes, anchors, ombré blues and greens, sailors, marine life, and much more. We encourage you to creatively alter your submissions in both texture treatments and reconstruction. We can’t wait to see your altered items!
Deadline: December 15, 2016

Straight From the Kitchen
Amongst pasta lovers, it is common knowledge to avoid wearing white while eating spaghetti because the bright red sauce inevitably will find your clothes and stain them. What if we break that rule and intentionally use natural dyes to upgrade our wearables? Instead of using chemical- infused dyes, excellent sources can be found right in your kitchen, from flowers and onion skins, to berries and coffee. Look no further than your grocery store for inspiration and ingredients to concoct these strong and long-lasting dyes. With texture treatments and reconstruction, we challenge you to upcycle garments, accessories, or shoes with your favorite fruits, vegetables, and spices. We’re talking dip dyes, ombré patterns, dye baths, tie dyes, and so forth. Creativity is the key here, and we can’t wait to see your designs come to life!
Deadline: March 15, 2017

 

Art Doll Quarterly

Challenges

Occupations
From hair stylists to dentists, corporate lawyers to construction workers, doctors, teachers, rocket scientists, everybody has a job to do. What’s your job — or maybe your dream job? We thought it’d be interesting to see how many occupations could be represented in this challenge. Try your hand making a doll that relates to a job you’ve actually done, a job that you wish you’d had, or simply a job that looks fun to translate into a doll. We’re excited to see what you come up with! Please include the inspiration for your doll, its dimensions, brief instructions, and complete contact information with your submission. Results will be published in our Spring 2017 Issue.
Deadline: September 15, 2016.

County Fair
What epitomizes summer more than the county fair? The scent of funnel cakes mixing with the aroma of farm animals, crazy food booths offering fried pickles, chocolate covered pork rinds, and caviar-topped Twinkies, standing in line for the Ferris wheel, or screaming at the top of your lungs on a wild roller coaster ride, carnival games, and more — there’s magic at the fair! County fairs are still popular, but they often remind us of simpler times or going as a youth with a group of friends. What kind of doll comes to mind when you think of a country fair? A girl in pigtails? A crazy carnival character? Aunt Ida with her prized peach pie? Translate your vision into an art doll and get it to us by mid-December. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Results will be published in our Summer 2017 Issue.
Deadline: December 15, 2016.

I Am Woman
“I Am Woman” was a song written in 1971 by Australian-American artist Helen Reddy and singer-songwriter Ray Burton and performed by Reddy for her debut album “I Don't Know How to Love Him.” A new recording of the song was released as a single in May 1972 and became a number one hit later that year, eventually selling over one million copies. Known as an anthem for the women’s liberation movement, this iconic song is one that women have embraced as it offers empowerment to females everywhere. For this challenge create a doll of a powerful woman throughout history or a role model in your life. Results will be published in our Autumn 2017 Issue.
Deadline: March 15, 2017.

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.

 

Art Journaling

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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Art Quilting Studio

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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Artful Blogging

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.

Click here to download our guide for submitting photographs. It will also show you how to convert images to the correct size and resolution for this publication.

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Bella Grace

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 photographer

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.

Lists
Who doesn’t love making a great list? Creating lists can be a very effective and inspiring form of writing. They’re also incredibly fun to read! We aren’t looking for your grocery list; we’re looking for your life lists. A few ideas include 10 Ways to Turn a Day Around, 5 Times I Laughed Uncontrollably, and 15 Things I’d Tell My 15-Year-Old Self. Make it funny, make it sweet … the choice is yours.

Instagram Collections
Who doesn’t love Instagram? As artists and creatives, it’s such a great way to beautifully share our days with others. It also serves as a diary to help us document our days. In each issue of Bella Grace we feature a few Instagram collections. We’re now opening this up to submissions! All you need to do is send 15 images that you feel capture your Instagram and a statement about what living a Bella Grace life means to you to bellagrace@stampington.com. If selected, you will need to provide high-resolution images that can be printed at 5" x 5", 300 dpi.

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:

Stories of Self-Love
Most of us have our own bag of tricks we turn to when we need to show ourselves a little love and kindness. For our editor-in-chief, it’s a quiet night spent under her very favorite blanket and the first book in the Harry Potter series. It never fails to brighten her spirits. What is it you turn to? What’s your recipe for self-love? (Lists and narratives accepted.)

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.

You in a Song
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.

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:

Summer Issue — January 15th • Autumn Issue — April 15th • Winter Issue — July 15th • Spring Issue — December 15th

For consideration, please send any of the above to:

bellagrace@stampington.com

Click here to download our guide for submitting photographs. It will also show you how to convert images to the correct size and resolution for this publication.

 

Belle Armoire

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 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.

 

 

Belle Armoire Jewelry

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.

 

GreenCraft Magazine

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.

 

Haute Handbags

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 May 15th and November 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. Follow these guidelines for taking and submitting a picture of your arrangement: place your bag and items on a neutral or white background; please don't use flash photography; and provide a list of all the items shown in the picture along with a brief explanation of each.
Deadline: Ongoing.

 

Jewelry Affaire

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.

 

Mingle Magazine

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.

Click here to download our guide for how to submit photographs. It will also show you how to convert images to the correct size and resolution for this publication.

 

Prims Magazine

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.

 

Sew Somerset

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.

 

Somerset Apprentice

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.

Deadline: Every April 15th and October 15th.

Click here to download our guide for submitting photographs. It will also show you how to convert images to the correct size and resolution for this publication.

 

Somerset Digital Studio

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.

Click here to download our guide for how to submit photographs. It will also show you how to convert images to the correct size and resolution for this publication.

 

Somerset Holidays and Celebrations

Handcrafted Projects for Christmas & the Holiday Season 
Christmastime is where most crafters truly shine — it is the time to create beautiful handmade gifts, lovely wrapping and cards, and artful decorative pieces. In this upcoming issue of Somerset Holidays & Celebrations, we are aiming to create an inspirational, instructional companion for the holiday crafter with an abundance of simple projects, covering everything from the actual artwork and gifts, to creating the packaging and tags labeling each memorable gift item. We invite you to join in the celebrations and submit your very favorite holiday-themed artwork, gifts, and more. Projects that might spring to mind are Christmas cards, gift wrapping paper, wreaths, advent calendars, and quick and easy gift ideas (i.e. face scrubs, gift baskets, imaginative gift card holders, stocking stuffers, candles, food/beverage ideas, and so on). Start a lasting tradition by giving gifts straight from the heart and made with your own hands. Please submit your most festive DIY projects to be considered for this stunning, full-color 144-page publication.

Deadline: Every May 15th.

 

Somerset Home

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.

 

Somerset Life

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:

  • 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, and 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.

Click here to download our guide for submitting photographs. It will also show you how to convert images to the correct size and resolution for this publication.

 

Somerset Studio

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.

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

  • Painted Hands
    At the end of a creative session, there is something so satisfying about peering at your hands and finding them splattered with paints and ink. Somerset Studio's editorial team just loves seeing pictures of artists' hands all messy and painted, evidence of a day of work (or play). We'd love to see pictures of what your hands look like after a marathon session of art-making.
    Deadline: Ongoing.

  • 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. 
    Deadline: Ongoing.

 

Take Ten

Washi Tape Dreamland
In all of card-making, there is almost no other product that is as diverse and easily used as washi tape. For this challenge, we ask you to roll out your tapes and to put them to use. We welcome methods of using washi tape that are creative and unique, such as making tiny banners with washi tape or arranging it in a way that is just slightly different from how it’s normally seen. Remember to keep your cards relatively simple and easy to recreate in 10 minutes or less, and all cards must include stamping. Mail in your results by December 1, 2016 for possible inclusion in the Spring 2017 issue.
Absolute Deadline: October 1, 2016

Design Challenge
In each issue of Take Ten, we challenge you to explore the many possibilities of one layout. Tenia Nelson, of Denver, Colorado, created the latest card with a strip and rectangular shape. We invite you to play with the shapes any way you like, and would love to see your interpretation of this card. Look inside the latest issue of Take Ten to see the sample of this Design Challenge, and please send your own inspired cards by December 1, 2016 for possible inclusion in the Winter 2017 issue. All published contributors will receive a complimentary copy of Take Ten.
Absolute Deadline: October 1, 2016

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 you favorite versatile stamp and create several different cards using that image in new ways, and push the boundary of a single stamp. Remember to make your cards in the Take Ten style, and keep them quick and easy. For more inspiration, look at the samples in the magazine.
Deadlines: October 1, 2016; January 1, 2017; April 1, 2017; July 1, 2016

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.
Deadlines: October 1, 2016; January 1, 2017; April 1, 2017; July 1, 2016

Simple Article Ideas
Have you made a simple project/collection of greeting cards with an intriguing or different technique? We are constantly tearing through card submissions hunting for the next feature article, and maybe it is your cards we are looking for! If you've seen an idea that you want to try or you would like to pitch us an idea for a collection of cards or tutorial, please feel free to contact us at taketen@stampington.com. We love bringing the best, easy stamping techniques to our readers!
Deadlines: October 1, 2016; January 1, 2017; April 1, 2017; July 1, 2016

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.
Deadlines: October 1, 2016; January 1, 2017; April 1, 2017; July 1, 2016

Masterboard
In each issue of Take Ten, we aim to include an example of a Masterboard, a self-made mixed-media patterned paper to use and re-use in your stamped projects. Pick up the latest installment of Take Ten to see an example of a Masterboard and how an artist has used her patterned papers to make a few cards featuring rubber stamping. Please send your samples of a Masterboard along with three to 10 samples of cards you have made with it. All cards should take 10 minutes or less to make each, and should include rubber stamping.
Deadlines: October 1, 2016; January 1, 2017; April 1, 2017; July 1, 2016

Are You the Next Take Ten Guest Artist?
This department is dedicated to artists (many who began as loyal readers) who capture Take Ten 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 in each set (ideally, we would prefer 8 sets of cards in a similar theme), 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!
Deadlines: October 1, 2016; January 1, 2017; April 1, 2017; July 1, 2016


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The Coloring Studio

Stampington & Company is excited to announce that The Coloring Studio™ is now published quarterly. This new publication features sophisticated, edgy, black-and-white line drawings in the Somerset-esque style you've come to love, along with beautifully presented mixed-media artwork inspired by the line drawings. This magazine shares artistically inspired designs printed on high-quality paper — an array of sketches just awaiting your personal palette.

We're looking for original, black-and-white drawings, free of any shading or gray scale, that include breathtaking landscapes, fun patterns, funky lettering, people, places, botanicals, and other beautiful images. In addition, we’re looking for finished projects that incorporate your drawing submission such as a journal page, a mixed-media collage, card, etc. We’re also considering article submissions that have to do with coloring or doodling techniques or other coloring-related topics.

Send hi-res (300 dpi at 8" x 10″) submissions to thecoloringstudio@stampington.com for publication consideration. Include your full name, email, and mailing address with each submission.
Deadline: Every January 15th, April 15th, July 15th, and October 15th.

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The Stampers' Sampler

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 our 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 on 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 get them to us by the deadline.
Deadline: November 1, 2016

Color Challenge
For this year’s color challenge we are jumping to the opposite side of the color wheel all the way over to Lilac. This beautiful shade of purple is named after the flower, which is known for its enchanting fragrance. Lilac represents peace, tranquility, and elegance. This color also suggests something special and unique, and we can’t to see the one-of-a-kind creations you come up with! Draw inspiration from these characteristics and incorporate this lovely, feminine hue into your cards in any way you like. Send us your submissions by February 1st, 2017 for possible inclusion in our July/August/September 2017 Issue. Don’t forget to include stamping!

Deadline: February 1st, 2017

Frightful & Delightful
Double, double stamping and trouble; embossing guns burn and inkpads bubble! Our annual Frightful & Delightful Challenge, the most popular challenge of all, is back and we’re dying to see your submissions. Each year we receive amazingly spooky Halloween art that defies the imagination and we know this year will be no different. Dust the cobwebs off your Halloween-themed stamps — be they bats, ghosts, zombies, or monsters — and get ready to create some hocus-pocus! Remember to include rubber stamping on your projects, and please send them to us by February 1st, 2017 for possible inclusion in our July/August/September 2017 Issue.
Deadline: February 1st, 2017

Tempting Template
*** Date Correction: Hello stampers! Please note that the deadline for the Sunglasses Template was published incorrectly in the Jul/Aug/Sep 2016 issue of The Stampers' Sampler. The correct deadline is November 1, 2016. Now you have even more time to show us your best shades! We apologize for this error.

We would like to invite you to join in the stamping fun and send in your own template ideas! Please include the proposed pattern for your template as well as a sample card using your template. If your template is selected, you will receive a complimentary issue of The Stampers’ Sampler and the joy of seeing how other talented stampers build upon your original concept. For a better idea of what we're looking for, click here to view our past templates online.
Deadline: Every February 1st, May 1st, August 1st, and November 1st.

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: Every February 1st, May 1st, August 1st, and November 1st.

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: Every February 1st, May 1st, August 1st, and November 1st.

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: Every February 1st, May 1st, August 1st, and November 1st.

Are you The Stampers' Sampler's Next Guest Artist?
Since The Stampers' Sampler was first introduced 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 in each set (ideally, we would prefer 8 sets of cards in a similar theme), 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!
Deadline: Every February 1st, May 1st, August 1st, and November 1st.

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Willow & Sage Magazine

Challenges

Willow and Sage is a new title, recently 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 • chemical-free lotions and make-up • toiletries (such as deodorant and toothpaste) • hair treatments, spray-in conditioners, and dry shampoos • face masks • sugar scrubs • soy and wax candles • unique spa kits • gift bundles • handmade bath and body products in beautiful packaging • lifestyle stories that touch on adopting a natural lifestyle • and more

Deadline for Submissions:
For February issue: September 15th
For May issue: December 15th
For August issue: March 15th
For November issue: June 15th

For Consideration, Please Send
High-Resolution Digital Project
Photographs to:

willowandsage@stampington.com

For general artwork guidelines and
more information, please visit: stampington.com/submissions

We Also Accept Mail Submissions:

Stampington & Company
Attn: Willow and Sage
22992 Mill Creek Drive
Laguna Hills, CA 92653


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