Quilters Newsletter is a specialized publication for quilt lovers and quiltmakers. Its domestic and international readership of approximately 200,000 includes professional and nonprofessional quiltmakers, quilt collectors, historians, and teachers.
QN is regarded as a leader, authority, and primary resource in the quilt field. Six magazines are published each year, with combined issues in February/March, April/May, June/July, August/September, October/November, and December/January. The magazine is available on newsstands, in quilt shops and libraries, and by subscription or single copy from the publisher, CK Media, 741 Corporate Circle Suite A, Golden, Colorado 80401, quiltersvillage.com.
Our content includes articles on quilt design, history, patterns, trends, techniques, current events in quilting, and product comparisons and reviews. We cover exhibitions, contests, significant quilt-related charitable efforts, major awards, and trade news. We review quilt books and electronic media. We offer quiltmaking lessons and workshops on techniques. Many quilt teachers use the magazine as a text or reference in their classes. We provide useful information for beginner, intermediate, and advanced quiltmakers, and maintain a balance between traditional and innovative quilting.
Although we are sometimes overstocked, we are always pleased to consider any previously unpublished quilt-related material. We do not make article assignments based on queries or after being directed to a web posting. To be considered, materials must be sent to the editorial office either electronically or by surface mail. Material submitted for publication should have in-depth knowledge of the subject matter and careful, documented research with all sources acknowledged. We expect that the material has not been previously published nor is it currently submitted elsewhere.
Feature articles: We are interested in subjects ranging from historical information, design techniques, and product surveys to quilt-related issues, to traditional technique updates.
Patterns: We develop our patterns from completed quilts submitted by our readers. We are interested in designs suitable for all skill levels.
Profiles: We need more than just facts strung together. Why would our readers want to know about this person? What can they learn by reading about this quilter?
Workshops: Workshops are in-depth presentations of a single technique or concept, presented with a step-by-step approach with a gallery of work by the author or the author's students. It is helpful to have a photo of a finished project when submitting a proposal.
News stories: We often follow up on press releases to develop news stories, and the availability of acceptable photos enhances the likelihood the story will be used. Our News editor can also be contacted directly with information.
About Space: This one-page feature offers a look inside a quilter's studio. We are looking for examples of everything from ingenious, frugal uses of limited space to fabulous, high-end locations. Practical workspace solutions as a take-away that any quilter can employ are especially welcome.
We do not return unsolicited manuscripts or photos unless a self-addressed envelope stamped with adequate postage and large enough to hold the material is provided. We are not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs, although we treat them with care.
We will evaluate whether your article meets our needs and get back to you within 8 to 10 weeks. Our decision will be based on the freshness of the material; the interest of the material to our readers; whether we plan to or have recently published similar material; how well it fits into the balance of the material we have on hand; how much rewriting or editing it will require; and the quality of the slides, photos, or illustrations you include. All of our artwork is done by staff artists, although rough figures are helpful. We typically plan and shoot our own step-by-step photos for how-to material.
Because we balance the content of each issue carefully, it can possibly take a year or more before an article or pattern we have accepted fits with other material we are planning. Acceptance of your article is not a promise to publish it, but a good-faith acknowledgment of our intention to do so.
If your material is accepted, we will send a contract spelling out the rights we are purchasing and amount of payment. We will return photos after we use them if you specifically request it. Editors and artists work extensively with accepted material to present it clearly to the reader and make it consistent with our style. When an article is ready for publication, a prepress copy is provided as a courtesy to ensure that all material is accurate.
We prefer to work with high resolution digital images. Your digital camera should be set on the highest resolution the camera will permit. We cannot work with printouts from digital images. We accept color transparencies-2" x 2", 4" x 5", or larger. We can also use 35mm slides if they are very sharp and clear originals. Duplicate slides are usually not sharp enough for satisfactory reproduction. All photographic material should be sharp, clear, and contrasty, well and evenly lit from top to bottom, but not overexposed. Be absolutely sure the photo is in focus. Any quilts shown should be seen in full, including the entire binding. What¬ever is holding the quilt should not show on the front of the quilt (clips, fingers, pins, etc.). If people are shown with the quilt, their heads and feet should be in the picture. Avoid unattractive clutter in the background. A quilt may be draped so that most of it can easily be seen arranged in attractive surroundings, or it may be photographed on a bed at an angle that clearly shows its pattern.
Lack of excellent, sharp, clear pictures is a stumbling block to the acceptance of many submissions.
If we want to use your material but your photos do not meet our requirements, we may offer to do the photography in our studio at our expense. In that case, we will make special arrangements with you to borrow the quilt(s) for that purpose.
Please include captions in your manuscript, including quiltmaker if known, date quilt was completed, size of quilt, owner of quilt, and other pertinent information (such as copyright holder, if applicable), as well as photographer credits for all images. Write your name, quilt name and size, and "top" on the slide mount or photo sleeve.
If we accept your photographs or request your quilt for photography, we will send you a permission and information forms.
We are able to accept Quilting Bee submissions electronically. For Quilting Bee, please send only one picture showing as much of the quilt as possible, preferably with you in the picture. Please do not send multiple pictures or multiple messages. Our best chance of a usable picture is one where the original capture is made at the highest possible resolution setting on your camera. The address is QNMsubmissions@fwmedia.com.
Text-only submissions, such as those for Forum, can also be submitted electronically. On all emailed submissions, please include your postal mailing address and phone number for our records.
All other submissions can only be accepted if they are sent by surface mail.
Send materials to Quilters Newsletter - Submissions, 741 Corporate Circle, Suite A, Golden, CO 80401. Digital pictures should be on CD with printouts of the images for our reference. Submissions are routed to the senior editors for review monthly. Receipt of your submission will be acknowledged by mail when submissions are routed, but we cannot notify you when your submission arrives. If this is a concern, we suggest you use a trackable method of delivery.