Open Calls for Submissions


ISSUE 44

THE CREATIVE CHAIR

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One of the themes I’m exploring in Issue #44 is shape/geometry/volume. A common object that can be inspired by simple or complex shapes and that takes up volume in our living and workspace is the chair. Just think of the infinite design possibilities there are when it comes to this ubiquitous piece of furniture.

I invite you to submit your chair designs: real and imagined. Photographed or illustrated. Made or manufactured. Designed or deconstructed. The submissions should be created by you, or be significantly crafted or altered by you. If possible, please photograph or depict your chair against a white backdrop. 

Submission form closes
on October 10.

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ISSUE 44

20/20

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You’ve heard the saying that hindsight is 20/20. As we turn the calendar over to a new decade and enter the year 2020 I’d like to pause for a moment to reflect on our past—and imagine our future. Thinking about your own creativity, both personally or professionally, reflect on the past twenty years. Technology has certainly been a huge influence in all of our lives, but what else has shaped what you make and do? In hindsight, what were pivotal moments, trends, innovations, societal changes or world events that have informed or influenced who you are today and what you make and do?

Imagining 20 years from now, what are your predictions for the future of craft, creativity, making and design? What is your outlook for your own path and/or that of society?

Submissions can be written personal essays, drawing, craft or other visual artwork. 

Submission form closes
on October 10.

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ISSUE 44

SCUlPTURE/volume

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Sculpture: the branch of the visual arts that operates in three dimensions

Volume: the amount of space that a substance or object occupies

What is the intersection of sculpture and volume? Submit your design, art or craft that expresses itself in three dimensions or takes up a volume of space.

Submission form closes
on October 10.

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ONGOING

new open calls ARE always announced first in the newsletter!

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Make sure you get the weekly UPPERCASE newsletter for the first announcements of new open calls.

 

ONGOING

FRESH!

Fresh! highlights 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.)

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SKETCHBOOK

Share images of your sketchbook and creative process. Please photograph representative spreads of your sketchbook against a white backdrop so that we can see all edges of the book or page. You can also include images of your sketchbook in your creative workspace, stacked with others, in progress, with art supplies, etc. Include a picture of you, too!

Submissions will be featured in upcoming issues of UPPERCASE magazine and highlighted in our weekly newsletter.


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Subscriber Studios

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.

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All about YOU

To be featured in UPPERCASE's weekend email newsletter "All About YOU" please submit here. To receive the weekend newsletter, sign up here and select the weekend newsletter in your preferences.

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IDEA PITCHES

Keep scrolling below to find out how you can submit your ideas for future issues!


ONGOING

How to submit to UPPERCASE magazine

 
 

IDEA PITCHES
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.

CLICK THE
LINK BELOW

submissions@uppercasemagazine.com

 

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

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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be patient

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.

 

 

#UPPERCASELOVE

Share your Instagrams and Tweets about the magazine @uppercasemag #uppercaselove. I will publish some in each issue.

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#UPPERCASEREADER

Share what you make or do with the hashtag #uppercasereader on Instagram and Twitter.

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#UPPERCASEFABRIC

Please share what you make and sew with my collections from Windham Fabrics #uppercasefabric. Thanks!

Photo by  KLTworks

Photo by KLTworks

PORTFOLIO REVIEW

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.

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CONVERSATION

I'd love to hear from you. Send your submissions and suggestions or send a letter to the editor. Sign up for our newsletter and watch this space for more opportunities to interact.

 

 

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POSTAL SERVICE

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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