Get in on the action! (zine submissions)
Need topic ideas? Here's my wish list:
* a knitting q&a - you can come up with the questions yourself, or ask your friends
* comics and illustrations
* product reviews - yarns, needles (doesn't someone wanna gush about Lantern Moon?), books, magazines and other zines...
* an interview with a knitter (includes your grandma or best friend, a yarn shop owner or employee, a sheep or alpaca farmer, someone famous who knits, etc.)
* how to's - tips, step-by-step explanation of a technique (intarsia, felting, finishing)...
* other small crafty projects, maybe related to spinning, dying, sewing, crocheting, quilting, silkscreening, etc.
* stories about your family's knitting herstory or how you learned to knit
* articles about knitting and feminism, knitting and gender, the d.i.y. movement, knitting in public, veganism and knitting, organic yarns/environmental aspects of knitting, how knitting builds community, your stitch n' bitch group or LYS, seeking out yarn shops while on vacation...
* I would be thrilled if someone creative approached me to discuss and hopefully design cover art.
* and of course, patterns (in various levels of difficulty)! summer projects that come to mind include tube tops and tank tops; a bicycle seat cover (Brenna?!); bags; skirts; a sunglasses case; shawls, caplets and wraps for cool evenings; accessories, accessories, accessories...
The Knitty Gritty:
The best way to get a feel for what I'm looking for (and what's already been done) is to get yer hot li'l hands on a copy of Take Back the Knit #1. I am particularly drawn to things with a d.i.y./feminist/punk-rock/hipster/granola-feel, though it's not a must that your submissions emit any one of these vibes. (And when I say "punk-rock," I'm not talkin' literally, necessarily.) I'm not so big on submissions with a Chicken Soupy feel, if you catch my meaning.
This is the spring/summer edition. Submissions should be seasonally appropriate or non-season specific. (You can still send in fall/wintery submissions whenever you like, I'll just keep 'em on file.)
Submissions are best sent as MS Word attachments. I am not very tech-savvy, so it's easy to confuse me with anything else.
In the past with zine submissions I've suggested a 1200 word maximum. I'm not super concerned with the word count, just as long as the piece doesn't ramble on and on.
It's fine to submit previously published work - that includes blog exerpts. A blog post could make a perfectly appropriate piece.
Pieces with accompanying art (line drawings, photos) are preferred, though not required. Patterns, however, do require photos. In regards to sending photos, please scale them down so that they don't take up my entire Inbox.
If your submission is primarily text this doesn't really affect you, but page sizes are 4 1/4" x7" (half of a legal-sized sheet of paper). One piece should typically occupy 1 to 4 pages.
This time the number of patterns in the publication is limited to 12 (or 16) as each one will have a little colour (!! this is new for me!!) photo on the front- or back-inside cover.
It's fine to mention small businesses owned by kind people who treat their staff and/or animals with care and respect. If you are interested in advertising space in the zine, please contact me.
A biography of no more than 60 words needs to accompany your submission. It should be written in the third person, eg:
I strongly encourage getting someone to read your piece over before your send it off (for clarity, spelling, grammar, etc.).
If your piece is printed in the zine, you receive a free copy of the publication.
I welcome questions and topic proposals before pieces are sent in, but within reason. Is this okay? Is this okay? Is this okay? will not fly for me. I'm pretty busy and try to spend as little unnecessary time on the computer as possible, so please read the guidelines carefully (they're not that tricky) and try to figure things out yerself.
I hope I haven't overwhelmed you with all this information....
SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE MONDAY MARCH 28 2005, and submissions received on or before that date are given priority. The zine'll hopefully be in print by late-April/early-May.
Great! Now bring it on!
(And, fellow knit-bloggers, it'd be great if you wanted to mention this call for submissions on your site too. Thank you kindly!)