Five years ago, Beading Daily published a question-and-answer blog about how to get published in Jewelry Stringing magazine. I still get many of the same questions, so I decided it would be helpful to revisit the answers, which have changed slightly over the years. I do hope these tips convince you to send in your own jewelry designs for consideration. We're always looking for fresh, fun jewelry designs that will inspire our readers!
Q: What kind of submissions are you looking for?
A: Creative necklace, bracelet, and earring designs: Designs that are different than anything that has already been published in Jewelry Stringing. Designs that reflect current jewelry-style trends. Designs that make good use of new materials or that use materials in new ways. Designs that will make our readers scream: I have to make that!
Q: How do I submit designs?
A: Visit stringingmagazine.com for the contributor guidelines, deadlines, and issue themes. The guidelines are very thorough and will walk you through the submissions process.
Q: Must I send in actual pieces, or can I e-mail you pictures of my work?
A: Well, both. If you to email pictures of your projects to firstname.lastname@example.org by the indicated early submissions deadline, we will review your pieces and let you know which ones we would like you to send in for further review. This does not mean we will be accepting projects via email, though. Rather, it means we will let you know in advance which of your projects we think will be strong candidates for the issue. We still believe it is necessary for us to see each piece in person before formally accepting it. Not only will this allow us to see your pieces in their full glory, but it also will allow us to move forward as quickly as possible once we’ve made selections.
Q: Do I need to write instructions and give resource information for all my pieces?
A: We only need instructions for necklaces and bracelets intended to be featured on a full page. If you submitted earrings and/or easy bracelets intended for the earring or bracelet galleries, you do not need to include instructions. We do, however, need detailed resource information for every item submitted. Please clearly list where you purchased each material used in each project (as far as is possible).
Q: I’m afraid to write instructions! What if they aren’t good enough?
A: Check out our contributor guidelines. There you will find a bunch of tips for writing instructions. The best things you can do, however, are:
Provide a very thorough materials list
Look through past issues of Stringing and model your instructions after a piece similar to yours. We edit each and every project many times, so be assured we will help you out!
Q: When will I find out if my pieces have been accepted?
A: Soon after your pieces arrive at our office, we will send you a note confirming their receipt. We will contact you when we’ve decided which pieces will go in the magazine. Please be patient as the selection process may take a couple of weeks.
Q: What do I get if my work is accepted?
A: International fame! Your beautifully photographed piece will grace the pages of our much-loved publication. Oh, and we pay, too! Contact us for our rates.
Q: When will I get my pieces back?
A: If none of your pieces are accepted, we will return them right away. (Give us about two weeks from the submissions deadline, please.) If any of your pieces are accepted, we will return all of your accepted and unaccepted pieces when the magazines come back from the printer. That way you get your jewelry, your payment, and complimentary magazines all at once. This means your pieces will be with us for about four months.
Have any more questions for me? Ask in the comments section below.