Open Calls for Submissions




The third edition of the UPPERCASE Surface Pattern Design Guide will feature the best in up-and-coming surface pattern designers. By being part of the guide, your work will be exposed to an engaged and active readership of art and design buyers, potential clients, collaborators and consumers. 100 artists will be included in the Guide.


Submitters will be also considered for an exciting list of opportunities*:

  • Windham Fabrics will select an artist for a fabric collection (for submitters without a forthcoming, current or previous fabric licensing contract)

  • Eva Franco will select an artist whose designs will be printed on fabric and incorporated in her clothing design

  • Art Maison Canada will select one or more artists for licensing their artwork for wall art, murals, pillows, furniture and home accents

  • Lilla Rogers and Make Art That Sells will be awarding a Home Decor e-course ($330 value) and the Home Decor Live Plus course ($200 value) to one recipient

  • UPPERCASE will feature one artist's work on the Surface Pattern Design Guide cover.

  • and more opportunities to be announced!

Please submit new and/or recent work from your portfolio. If you were published in the first or second edition of the Guide, you are welcome to submit new work.


The entry fee of $15USD is to cover the hosting and administration costs of this submission system.

* Please note that if you are selected or contacted by one of the companies, you are under no obligation to pursue a contract. All negotiations, contracts and licensing details are between the companies listed and the artist—UPPERCASE is simply the method of making the match! 


AT HOME with


In our homes, surface pattern design is all around us. Decorated curtains, tea towels, ceramics and dinnerware, upholstery, rugs, pillows and quilts and bedding can punctuate our everyday lives with pattern. New designs, vintage patterns, and the things we've made with our own hands show off our style, aesthetics and talents.

Through words and pictures (photos and or illustrations), please share your stories about how you're at home with surface pattern. 

Deadline: January 10, 2019




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 is a new feature highlighting previously unpublished creatives.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.)

issue 41


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. 

Please check back later.


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.


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.



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


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.




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 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.



Communicate the story of an artist or how they fit into the UPPERCASE ethos rather than just showing a sample from a portfolio.



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. 


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.




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.



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

 Photo by  KLTworks

Photo by KLTworks


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.



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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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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