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Find more vintage postcard inspiration on the UPPERCASE Greetings from Wish You Were Here Pinterest board.
due april 21, 2017
Issue 34 of UPPERCASE (summer 2017, July/August/September) is the creative adventure issue. We’ll be exploring geography and map making, the memorabilia of place, plus retreats, getaways and journeys on the road. When travelling, it is on our nature to document and commemorate the places we have been. We make travel journals and sketches and we send postcards home (though these days, perhaps more Instagram and Facebook posts rather than old fashioned posted letters). In celebration of these two tendencies, there are two corresponding open calls for submission.
Greetings from Wish You Were Here
“Greetings from” and "Wish you were here” have long been a common postcard sentiments for travellers to send to those left at home. UPPERCASE invites you to design and/or illustrate your own vintage-inspired version of a “Greetings from” or “Wish you were here” postcard—whether it is a more literal depiction of your favourite place you’ve visited or a personal interpretation of your hometown or a fanciful depiction of a vacation destination or idealized place, the world is yours to interpret.
Creativity on the Road: Stories and Art
Nomadic art-making, travelling exhibitions, travel journals and sketchbooks, mobile art trucks and projects, creative pilgrimages and artist retreats… share your stories and art about creativity on the road.
I'm gathering ideas for future issues!
form closes april 21
You can pitch your own work, propose an article about someone else or suggest a topic that you would like to research. You don't have to be a writer. If your idea is excellent and/or your visual submission is amazing, we can pair you with one of our writers, we can interview you or find other ways to feature the idea or your talent.
Please make sure that your submission is suitable for UPPERCASE magazine (scroll down to read how to submit the perfect pitch!) Some upcoming topics are listed below. If you have an idea that falls outside of these listed areas, your pitch is also welcome. Please do not submit the same idea multiple times. I will review all submissions but it won't be replying personally to all the submissions.
type design / handwriting / lettering
murals / large projects / scale
metals / glitter
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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