Crochet Now Spring 2021: Call for Submissions!
Send your submissions to us before 16th November!
Do you want to see your designs featured in Crochet Now magazine? Read on for our Editor's call for submissions...
This in an open call for designs for the summer issues of Crochet Now. I want to hear from designers new and experienced, young and old, near and far, eclectic and traditional! I'm looking for a collection of patterns for all levels, with the majority of patterns aimed for the advanced beginner/intermediate crocheter. Advanced/complex patterns and beginner friendly are also considered! I want to see your submissions for:
- blankets and throws
- scarves and cowls
- garments (including poncho's, cardigans, pullovers, graded from XS-5X according to Craft Yarn Council standards)
- Tunisian crochet
- children/baby clothes
- children/baby accessories
- cushions and other home decor
- quick-makes and stitch patterns
- seasonal makes
I have prepared some mood boards for inspiration, but please don't let these limit you, if you have a great idea for a design which you think would fit in well to a winter/spring issue of Crochet Now, I'd love to see it!
Celebrate spring with a painterly palette of soft pastels. Create delicate patterns inspired by the art of the impressionists, or bold sweeping strokes of designs for the home to make a soft but strong statement. Keep airy wools, warm cottons, and linen-type yarns in mind for your submissions in a soft spring pastel palette.
PARIS IN SPRING
Paris in the springtime is so romantic - play on those beautiful pink blossoms and mint shades that peep through the carousels and city. Garments and accessories should be springy, romantic, and delicate; think about bringing some florals into the home decor; and what about an ornate carousel horse or two in the collection somehow?
THE GOLDEN HOUR
Start dreams of summer and invoke the special, magical feeling captured by photographers in 'the golden hour' - that time just before sunset and after sunrise where everything is bathed in reds, oranges and golds, with hints of blue and green holding on. We're thinking about summer with this collection, so lighter accessories and garments, interesting (magical?) prints in your home decor, interesting interpretations through toys, and anything else you want to crochet for early summer!
Your submission should include a sketch and accompanying paragraph describing the item, a photograph or scan of your swatch and ideas for yarn choices. The submission should be presented in a PDF document, with your name and email address on every page. All information should be included in the submission document, including pictures.
Please also tell us where we can find other examples of your work, a link to your Ravelry designer profile is ideal. You will be commissioned to write a full pattern (including any alternative sizes) and crochet a sample. We will take care of photography.
IMPORTANT: Please create a separate PDF for each idea and name the file in the following format:
Failure to meet the submission requirements may mean your design is not considered.
The deadline for submissions will be 12pm UK time on Sunday 16th November 2020. I am aiming to get all commissions sent out within a week and a half of that date, and you will be notified if you are successful or not.
Deadlines for final patterns and samples will be Tuesday 19th January 2021.
Please send your submissions to me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Compensation is on a sliding scale, depending on the size and complexity of the project, taking into account the amount of labour required (that means you can earn anywhere between £50 - £250).
Yarn support is offered to all designers and payment is made by Paypal for international designers.
The exact fee will depend on a number of factors including the complexity of the design. 4 months after publication, rights will revert to you and you will then be able to use the final tech-edited version of the pattern (including charts/schematics) as you wish. We arrange yarn support for all designers. Your sample remains your property, but we will hold onto it for a while in case we get pattern queries, or for display at shows. We will return your sample to you at the same time as your publication rights.
Crochet Now is a monthly newsstand title, widely available in supermarkets, newsagents and craft stores across the UK as well as select retailers worldwide. We also publish digitally. For an idea of our style, you can find all of our patterns listed on Ravelry here:
Hints and tips for submissions
Swatches and sketches
There is no need to submit a photo of a finished item, but your submission will need nice swatches, in a representative yarn, photographed in bright conditions. If you're having trouble getting the photo to focus, either switch to the macro setting on your camera (the one with the little flower) or consider scanning your swatch rather than photographing it.
Of course our main focus is on the quality of the idea, but it's much easier for me to see that when the submission is cleanly formatted. Remember, the submission must be a PDF document sent as a single attachment, not an email with photos attached.
Be flexible with your choices. I will be wanting to use the new season's yarns, some of which won't be publicly available yet. Talk about the qualities your project requires, don't just say what you used. This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate that you know what you're talking about!
We do have tech editors, but they will only be polishing your patterns, they won't be doing any grading for you. You MUST ensure your completed pattern adheres to our style guide, or this will be returned to you for resubmission.
Return of samples
We're happy to return samples to you. Any unwanted samples are donated to Knit for Peace.
You are very welcome to submit, but remember that Crochet Now is a UK magazine so we'll be using British terminology and you will need to use yarns which are available in the UK (which we will arrange to be sent to you).
We will be taking care of all the photography for patterns, but the rights to photos will remain with us, so if you don't want your sample back, consider taking photos before you send it in.
Crochet/sewing/other non-knitting elements
We're open to any and all good quality patterns, and if it needs a little crochet, sewing or embroidery, that won't rule it out. If it's 100% knitting, contact the editor of our sister mag Knit Now, Kate on email@example.com
There's no limit on the number of ideas you can submit. If you receive multiple commissions, we will work with you to spread out your deadlines.
Previously published patterns
As a general rule, I am not looking for patterns which have previously been published at all. If you've posted a couple of project pics online, that's fine, but the patterns should come as a nice surprise for our readers when we publish them. Your commission is confidential until a week before the on-sale date of the magazine.
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We're happy for you to arrange to have your pattern tested, but we are working on a tight schedule, so this is by no means mandatory.
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