Editorial Guidelines

Writing for Embroidery Magazine

Embroidery welcomes editorial submissions. The best way to submit articles and story pitches is via e-mail to the Editor, writing the words 'Editorial Submission', followed by your subject in the subject line of the email.

If you wish to contribute to Embroidery magazine, please spend some time familiarising yourself with our features and consider our tone. We aim for a mix of informative and inspiring reading related to textiles and embroidery.

Editorial submissions
If you have an idea that you would like to share with us, please send an outline of your feature idea in plain text in the body of your email, rather than as an attached file, as we may not be able to read the format. Please describe the feature, outlining the main points and how you will tackle your subject. The maximum word length we publish is 1,000 words but we reserve the right to edit all final submissions.

Also tell us a little about yourself - your experience and background as a writer, or your qualifications for writing a particular story. If you have clips you can send us via email, or web addresses of pages that showcase your writing, please send us a representative sampling (no more than three or four, please).

We will consider submissions by novice writers; please note articles should be written for a general, intelligent reader, who does not know the subject's work. You should avoid jargon, personal theoretical digressions and excessive endnotes. You should aim for your piece to be intelligent, interesting, and readable and not about 'you' (the author) but about your subject.

All final submitted work must be the original work of the author, and any references to previously published material should be included in full along with the final text.

A note on deadlines
Please note that we work at least three months in advance of the publication date and often commission earlier so we can't preview (or write a news story or list) an exhibition starting next week, or even next month (particularly true for exhibitions that are open for short periods) although we will list you on our website.

Pictures speak louder than words!
Good images can make the difference between commissioning, and not commissioning your piece. Before commissioning, we must be assured that publishing-quality images are available, and that we can obtain written copyright clearance. If we like your idea, we will ask you to send hi-res digital images or transparencies to us for consideration (see image guidelines below). Please always include a SAE for the return of any images, copy etc., included in your proposal.

Image guidelines
Digital images should be a minimum of 300dpi, saved as tifs or jpgs, at a (minimum) final print size of A4 for features, or A5 for listings and news. Do not manipulate or edit your picture using photo-editing software whatsoever: our graphic designer will prepare images for print.
We also accept transparencies (not negatives), which we will return.

A final word...
We do our best to respond to all inquiries, but be aware that we are sometimes inundated. If you have not heard back from us after four weeks, please assume that we will not be able to use your idea or submission.

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