Saturday, 15 December 2007

Submissions and Challenges



2day's Inspiration
I've long been a fan of magazines like Somerset Studio. As a mixed media artist I'm always on the look out for challenges and submission calls. Somerset is now calling for submissions for the 2008 year. Here's the list of themes:


Heroes (Newsstand Date: May 1, 2008)
What makes a hero? Is it strength and bravery, or the determination and willingness to do what is right, whatever the cost? Think of Hercules, Superman or Luke Skywalker and you’re on the right track. Historical figures like Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King, Jr. inspire us to change our world for the better, while soldiers, firefighters, teachers, moms, and dads show us that everyone can make a difference, every day. Somerset Studio invites you to create paper and mixed-media artwork celebrating the heroes in your life, to be considered for publication in the May/June 2008 issue. Now’s your chance to pay tribute to the heroes who inspire you.We must receive your artwork by December 15, 2007.



Provence (Newsstand Date: July 1, 2008)
Its blue skies and rolling hillsides have inspired such great artists as Cezanne, Van Gogh and Chagall. Now let the legendary land in the south of France inspire you as we take a journey to Provence.Whether you have been a visitor to this famous landscape or you just dream of going, we invite you to share your vision of Provence in your mixed-media art submissions to be considered for the July/August 2008 issue. Consider the cobbled streets of a tiny village, fishing boats in the harbor at Marseille, or the rush of the Mistral through ancient vineyards — what is it about Provence that sings to you? We must receive your artwork by February 15, 2008.


Vintage Halloween (Newsstand Date: September 1, 2008)
Due to the overwhelming response to last year’s issue, we’ve decided to make this theme an annual tradition. Witchy women, jack o’lanterns, gothic tales, fairies and goblins … the magical holiday of Halloween is filled with wonderful images and ideas that beg for artistic expression. We’d like you to stir the caldron, cast a spell, do whatever’s necessary to conjure up some spooktacular vintage Halloween artwork.Think elegant and sophisticated, romantic and timeless as you sort through your collection of black-and-white photographs, ephemera, old papers and pages. For the September/October 2008 issue, please submit paper and mixed-media projects that capture the beguiling and enchanting spirit of a vintage Halloween. We must receive your artwork by April 15, 2008.


Special Holiday Projects (Newsstand Date: November 1, 2008)
Somerset Studio invites you to join in our annual tradition of showcasing your most special holiday projects. We’re looking for greeting cards, gift-wraps, advent calendars, ornaments, table decorations, stocking stuffers, and assorted handmade gifts and artwork that celebrate the season.Please use colors, words and images that are most inspirational and meaningful for you during the holidays. We look forward to projects made with paper, rubber art stamps, calligraphy, and mixed-media that will add sparkle to our traditions of giving thanks, rekindling our faith, and reconnecting with family and friends. We must receive your artwork by June 15, 2008.


Black-&-White (Newsstand Date: January 1, 2009)
No other combination evokes so many ideas: classic movies, old photographs, good and evil, timeless fashion, you name it. Black and white has seemingly gone hand in hand for ages, lending to everlasting visual appeal no matter the medium. We’d like you to use this color union as the basis for your artwork, whether traditional or modern.Celebrate positive and negative space; rejoice in memories, fine photography and dramatic design. Somerset Studio invites you to submit mixed-media and paper projects that pay tribute to the marriage of black and white, a lasting and vital force in the world of color. We must receive your artwork by August 15, 2008.

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To enter, simply click on the title link of this blog entry. For inspiration, I've posted images of some of their projects to get you started (click on them, scroll through past all the product plaecment, and you'll arrive at the project and a full set of instructions - inspiring!!!).

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