Open Calls for Issue 37
closes JAN 23
ADVENTURES IN CMYK
The spring 2018 issue of UPPERCASE magazine will be celebrating all things CMYK. What’s that? Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black are the ink colours that we use in producing printed materials.
Halftones, printer's marks, full colour printing, colour overlays, product design, posters, craft, art and styling... the quartet of colours influence us in ways beyond just print. Share your creative projects inspired by the printing process and/or cyan, magenta, yellow and black for a chance to be published in UPPERCASE magazine!
Fresh! is a new feature highlighting previously unpublished creatives. Whether you're a fresh graduate or mature artist, it is often a dream to be published for the first time! If you've never been published in print before, please share your work and I will endeavour to publish the best submissions in future issues and share your submission and links in my newsletter, blog or social media as well. (Please note that space is limited, so this is a merit-based selection.)
OPENS in Late JANUARY
Think of a peep as a creative cross between a tweet, the community newspaper classifieds and a type specimen. Thanks to lithographic technology, these "paper tweets" leave a lasting impression. And with beautiful typography and design for each message (typeset by UPPERCASE designer Janine Vangool), these peeps transform a classified into something classy. Limited to 30 Peeps per issue. The form will open in late January 2018 for the spring issue.
How did an article, issue or book inspire you or your creative life? Share your story in my weekly newsletter.
UPPERCASE inspires me to...
UPPERCASE inspires me because...
We feature tours of UPPERCASE magazine subscribers' studios in the magazine and in the weekly newsletters. Share your workspace, studio or corner of the dining room... wherever it is that you create.
How to submit to UPPERCASE magazine
and portfolio reviews
You are all so talented and generous with your creativity! I welcome your suggestions for content ideas.
To submit an idea or your portfolio, please use the link below and carefully follow the instructions posted within.
ILLUSTRATORS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS
Include examples of your work in your pitch! Don't just send a generic message asking me to click over to a website. Remember that you may have only just sent one pitch out that day, but the editor receiving yours has likely seen dozens. Our submission form allows you to upload examples, so it is easy to select your best jpg and upload it. Never send unsolicited files via a file transfer service—that's the equivalent of trying to force your way into someone's home uninvited.
tips for the perfect pitch
KNOW THE MAGAZINE
Know our audience, the tone of our writing and be familiar with past issues as to not pitch a topic close to something we have recently covered. From my perspective, if a person wants to be in the pages of UPPERCASE, they will have made the effort to read past issues and (bonus!) already be a subscriber.
UNDERSTAND WHAT MAKES A GOOD ARTICLE
Communicate the story of an artist or how they fit into the UPPERCASE ethos rather than just showing a sample from a portfolio.
PITCH SOMETHING ORIGINAL
If someone has been amply covered in big magazines, then they're generally not a good fit for UPPERCASE. We naturally shy away from celebrity and fame, that's just not what UPPERCASE is about.
Definitely don't email an editor a few days later asking, "Did you get my submission?" I spend a time every few weeks combing through all the submissions. Ideas submitted months earlier might start to fit into emerging content themes. Please know that I have received your idea and am giving it careful consideration. I appreciate that you are entrusting not only your ideas with me, but often your hopes and dreams of getting published.
Please don't spam your submissions.
These all go to one person, so there's no need to submit multiple times or methods.
Friendly tip: I'm more likely to want to work with people who can follow directions! Thank you.
Share your Instagrams and Tweets about the magazine @uppercasemag #uppercaselove. I will publish some in each issue.
Share what you make or do with the hashtag #uppercasereader on Instagram and Twitter.
Now that my collection with Windham Fabrics is available in stores, please share what you make with it #uppercasefabric. I'll include a selection in future issues. Thanks!
UPPERCASE magazine is a richly visual magazine featuring great illustration, photography and intelligent writing. If you are interested in contributing, please follow the submission guidelines above.
Is it creative? Is it curious? I'd like to see it! Mail postcards, letters, artwork, trinkets, photos, found objects... The most interesting things will be featured in the magazine and online. (Sorry, items will not be returned.)
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