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    Issue 8: Campfire

    PATTERNS

    Submission Deadline: August 23, 11.59pm CET

    TOPIC: CAMPFIRE

    For Issue 8, we’re inviting you to settle down with us in a little clearing in a fall forest, a warm cup of freshly brewed coffee in your hands, and stretch out your feet towards a crackling, sparking campfire.

    Watching the flames dance, the smoke disappear into the canopy, the sparks fly, we’re sinking into the warmth and coziness of this fleeting moment.

    Breathing in, breathing out, we’re becoming aware of the neverending interplay of forest and fire and ash, flames and rebirth and smoke, us and nature.


    For this issue, we’re looking to include 1-2 pairs of socks, 1-2 neck accessories, 1-2 hats, 1 pair of (fingerless) mittens and 3-4 sweaters (pullovers & cardigans).

    In terms of complexity, we’re looking for patterns in the full range from beginner to super advanced knitter. Most of the designs will be paired with one of our yarn partners, but if you have an idea for a stash-busting project, we’re always game!

    TIMELINE

    For Issue 8, we’re working with you as our designers on the following timeline:

    Submission Deadline: August 23, 11.59pm CET

    Decision & Feedback: August 24 - 26

    Pattern Due: December 3

    Sample Due: February 8

    Launch: September 2022

    Important Note: You’re more than welcome to write the pattern and knit the sample at the same time. We’ve also allocated quite a bit of time for knitting up the sample which we hope will help alleviate any time pressure for you!

    Tech Editing for Issue 8 will happen from January 10 to February 6, 2022; Test Knitting from February 14 to May 15, 2022. We at Making Stories handle these processes for you, but we ask you to be available for questions and pattern adjustments during those time periods (especially during the tech editing phase).

    COMPENSATION & RIGHTS

    We here at Making Stories will take care of yarn support for your design. We’ll also handle tech editing, test knitting, photography, layout and errata updates for you. You, the designer, will be writing up the pattern with our style guide and knitting up the sample (which can be done by yourself or a sample knitter).

    Compensation for your pattern is based on complexity and ranges from € 100 to € 550. We’ll reimburse sample shipping cost (from your location to Berlin) up to €10 for domestic shipping and €35 for international shipping.

    We at Making Stories will hold the exclusive rights for your pattern for 4 months after publication. The pattern itself may be published, distributed and sold both in the print and the digital version of the magazine. The pattern will not be sold individually through Making Stories. After the exclusivity period, we can still continue to sell the print and digital version of the magazine that include your contribution.

    Four months after the publication date, you’re more than welcome to self-publish the individual version of your pattern in either your own branding and layout or as the PDF version of the pattern that we’ll provide to you. Should you want to use your own layout, you’re more than welcome to use up to five of the official pattern photos (with photographer credit) - we’re purchasing those rights for you!

    If you’d like to read our full designer contract, you can do so here.

    SUBMISSION

    Please include the following in your submission:

    a short description of the design and its construction,

    a note on how your design relates to the topic of Issue 8,

    a photo of your swatch,

    a sketch (ideally on a body),

    suggested yarn weight and gauge.

    Please send your full submission in PDF format to hannalisa@making-stories.com. If you require any accommodation for a disability, we would be honoured if you shared this with us so we can provide the best collaboration experience possible.


    essays & illustrations

    For Issue 8, we’re inviting you to settle down with us in a little clearing in a fall forest, a warm cup of freshly brewed coffee in your hands, and stretch out your feet towards a crackling, sparking campfire.

    Watching the flames dance, the smoke disappear into the canopy, the sparks fly, we’re sinking into the warmth and coziness of this fleeting moment.

    Breathing in, breathing out, we’re becoming aware of the neverending interplay of forest and fire and ash, flames and rebirth and smoke, us and nature.

    We’re looking for written and visual work exploring our connection with nature - how we form bonds with nature, how our relationship with it shapes our view on sustainability and taking care of this planet, how we celebrate nature in all its beauty.

    We’re open for all forms of written and visual work, whatever brings you the most joy, be it an essay, an illustration, a fictional short story, or any other form you feel most comfortable in.

    For more inspiration, you can access our mood board here.

    TIMELINE

    For Issue 8, we’re working with you on the following timeline:

    Submission Deadline: August 23, 11.59pm CET

    Decision & Feedback: August 24 - 26

    Finished Essay / Illustration Due: December 3

    Launch: September 2022

    COMPENSATION & RIGHTS

    We here at Making Stories will take care of proof reading and layout of your final piece of work. You, the author / illustrator, are responsible for submitting your final piece by the deadline.

    Compensation for your work is based on complexity and word count and ranges from € 50 to € 200.

    We at Making Stories will hold the exclusive rights for your piece of work for 3 months after publication. The essay / illustration itself may be published, distributed and sold both in the print and the digital version of the magazine. After the exclusivity period, we can still continue to sell the print and digital version of the magazine that include your contribution.

    SUBMISSIONS

    Please submit an abstract(for an essay, short story or poem) or rough sketch(for an illustration).

    Please send your submission in PDF format to hannalisa@making-stories.com. If you require any accommodation for a disability, we would be honoured if you shared this with us so we can provide the best collaboration experience possible.


    useful resources

    WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR IN A SUBMISSION?

    A while ago, we asked for your opinion on our submission process, and you sent us a lot of thoughtful (sometimes tough to hear, but necessary) feedback. We’ve changed quite a lot in our submission process based on that, and have published a blog post detailing what we look for in a submission: Our Submission Calls - What Makes A Great Submission?

    It’s absolutely not a prerequisite to read the blog post, but if you’ve been wondering what we look for when we go through the submissions, it might help a bit.

    We’ve also interviewed Nataliya Sinelshchikova, a wonderful knitwear designer who’s worked with quite a few publishers already, on her approach to swatching for submissions on our YouTube channel. She has some great advice on how you can use your swatches to showcase the core features of your design, starting at around minute 20 of "Making Stories Knits With… Nataliya Sinelshchikova”.

    SIZING

    Here at Making Stories, we’ve worked on establishing a standard sizing sheet that specifies all relevant measurements for the designs. We do this because we want our pattern sizing to be consistent and comparable across our publications. You’ll get access to the full sizing sheet if your submission has been selected, but we know that sometimes it might be useful to know a few measurements beforehand (e.g. when you want to see if your stitch pattern would fit the sizing).

    Please note that we’re working on expanding our size range for garments! Until Issue 6, we’ve included 8 sizes in our patterns (up to a bust circumference of 134 cm). From Issue 6 onwards, we’ve added two more garment sizes. The compensation has been updated accordingly.

    Here’s a brief overview of some key measurements:

    For garments: 10 sizes designed for a bust circumference of 78 (86, 94, 102, 110, 118, 126, 134, 142, 150) cm

    For socks: 5 sizes designed for a foot circumference of 20 (21.25, 22.5, 23.75, 25) cm

    For hats: 3 sizes designed for a head circumference of 51-55 (55-60, 61-65) cm

    For mittens: 3 sizes designed for a hand circumference of 18 (21, 24) cm

    All measurements are nude body measurements, meaning, for instance, if you were to design a pullover that’s intended to be worn with 10 cm of positive ease, it would need to have a finished bust circumference of 88 (96, 104, 112, 120, 128, 136, 144, 152, 160) cm.

    YARN PARTNERS

    Please take a look at our yarn partner page and our post on indie dyers who dye on non-superwash bases for possible yarn pairings. We work with sustainably produced, natural yarns - we’re also always curious to hear about new producers, so if you have a favorite yarn that we don’t know of yet and that does fit the bill, by all means include it in your submission!