Open Calls for Submissions
Have you ever dreamed about being on the cover of UPPERCASE magazine? For a very special issue of UPPERCASE, one talented reader’s artwork will grace our 40th cover !
One winner will be selected and published on the cover of issue #40 (Jan/Feb/March 2019) and profiled within the issue. They will receive payment of $500 CAD, an UPPERCASE gift card of $100 store credit and a complimentary subscription or renewal (value $80-120). They will also receive a carton of magazines and 250 postcards with their winning submission to use as self promotion.
The best submissions will be published in print and all submissions will be shared in a digital gallery of submissions.
This issue will explore the following themes. You can take your inspiration from one, some or all of these ideas. Look at past covers; the themes are not always literally interpreted. Be creative!
art supplies and tools for creativity
10th anniversary issue
maturity and longevity
The artwork must look and feel like an UPPERCASE cover—study past covers (particularly more recent ones). The medium or method in creating the cover image is wide open; it can be collage, illustration, drawing, painting, photography, etc.)
The image should have white space around it—consider the shape of the artwork, the negative space it creates and where the text (issue number 40 and tagline) might be positioned
File dimensions should be 8.5” wide x 9” tall at 300dpi with the image placed within. Save your files with your last name as jpg. RGB or CMYK are ok.
Submit your image on its own and optionally mocked up within the cover template provided here.
You can change the colours of the template to suit your image, or leave as-is.
Limited of one entry per person, but you can upload up to 3 designs per entry.
Contest is open to everyone! (Except if you have created cover artwork for UPPERCASE in the past.)
Submit by October 17, 2018
10th Anniversary Reader Supplement
Small spaces begin at $65 CAD. A full page is $600 Canadian (which is approximately $460 in US dollars). Reach over 5,000 UPPERCASE subscribers in print for around ten cents apiece! There are limited pages, so reserve your spot now and the art is due November 1.
How did an UPPERCASE article, issue or book inspire you or your creative life? Share your story for possible publication in issue 40.
UPPERCASE inspires me to...
UPPERCASE inspires me because...
Deadline: October 17
ODE TO ART SUPPLIES
& CREATIVE TOOLS
What are your favourite art supplies or creative tools? How are they integral to your identity? How do they inform, affect or transform your creative output? Write, Illustrate, draw, paint, sew, collage, make your ode to art supplies!
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.)
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.
Form open soon, please check back later.
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.
Please share what you make and sew with my collections from Windham Fabrics #uppercasefabric. 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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