Saturday, December 01, 2007

Contribute to Selvedge Magazine

Deadline: Ongoing
(see editorial calendar for specific dates)

Selvedge Magazine

Selvedge is an independent, 100-page full colour magazine published six times a year. The magazine is image led and has an uncompromising design.

Author's Guidelines

Directed towards an international audience, Selvedge covers fine textiles in every context with illustrated features on fine art, fashion, interiors, ethnographic textiles, important collections, travel and shopping. The latest book reviews, exhibitions and comprehensive listings feature in every issue. The magazine provides a wide-ranging, unbiased and critical overview of the textile world.

The Selvedge readership is composed of all those who claim textiles as their first love, not simply makers and academics. They include professional artists, textile students, collectors, fashion and interior designers, museum curators and gallery owners. Selvedge is also aimed at an audience beyond those with an established interest in textiles. Discerning consumers are amongst our readers. Intelligent and curious they use Selvedge to learn about the history, techniques, artists and designers that made the items that furnish their lives.

We aim to provide a publication which reflects the creative lifestyle and tastes of this group without isolating or restricting readers. The magazine serves as a link to many other areas of interest, inspiration and knowledge.

Commissioning (truncated--visit website for complete details)

Decisions relating to commissioning are based primarily on the quality of the images submitted. Selvedge is an image-led magazine and no writing however good can justify inclusion unless accompanied by extremely high quality images.

When submitting a proposal please send slides or digital files (300dpi jpeg or tiff files) that illustrate the subject, along with a 1-page outline and a prose synopsis of the article. Please do not send original slides or transparencies with speculative proposals as materials will not be returned. If the proposal is of interest, the editor will contact you to arrange specifics such as word length, angle and to schedule the article's appearance. Selvedge does not provide payment for unsolicited articles but is happy to publish new material that may be of interest to our readers.

Copy deadlines are final and are as follows:

15 th September January issue
15 th November March issue
15 th January May issue
15 th March July issue
15 th May September issue
15 th July November issue

Articles are accepted by Selvedge on the basis of First British Serial Rights. The author warrants that the same or similar material has not been sent to another publication.

Selvedge pays a discretionary honorarium for commissioned articles at a rate of £10 per 100 words printed unless otherwise stated. This should be settled with the Editor before publication. Selvedge does not pay a drop fee and acceptance of an article is not a guarantee of publication. Payment will be provided on publication for the printed word count.

No payment of any kind will be provided for articles that promote or publicise a book, product or a public event in which the author has been involved or has a commercial interest. Selvedge does not commission photography or pay photographers expenses. We are happy to review existing stories and buy images at a standard rate of £100 per page.

Feature Articles

Feature articles in Selvedge reflect the diversity of the field. The magazine welcomes challenging, informed and well written articles that have a genuine link to textiles. Very general themes should be avoided. Profile pieces on individuals, groups and companies are acceptable but must be written independently. Travel pieces should be discussed with the editor before undertaking a journey and arrangements made regarding photography and style. Selvedge is not an academic journal and material should be presented with an informal but intelligent tone. The maximum word count for any article is 2,500.


One-page short articles, news items and column ideas are welcome. The maximum length of these pieces is 350 words.

All written material must be accompanied publication quality images, a 35 mm slide or 300 dpi tiff. The editor does not encourage individuals to write about their own work but is happy to view slides and consider commissioning an article. Please submit a minimum of 12 slides and an artist’s statement.

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The team at Selvedge:

Contact: Beth Smith (Deputy Editor)

Contact: Polly Leonard (Editor)

Contact: Kate Karko (News Editor)

Contact: Rebecca Machin (Designer)

Contact: Ros Earl (Subscriptions Manager)

Advertising and Events
Contact: Julie Wu (Advertising Manager)

Marketing/ Distribution
Contact: Jessica Hellin (Circulation Manager)

Bookshop and Object Catalogue Sales
Contact: Clare Bungey (Brand Manager)

Editorial Office
PO Box 40038
N6 5UW

Telephone: +44 (0)208 341 9721
Fax: +44 (0)208 341 9721