Attention Bead Artists

We are now accepting submissions for Winter 2016-17 Quick + Easy Beadwork, a special issue from the editors of Beadwork magazine.

What we are looking for:
We are looking for wearable, everyday pieces of jewelry that you can make in a few hours (or, at the most, in a day)—beadwoven necklace, bracelet, and earring designs that incorporate peyote, right-angle weave, herringbone, brick, and/or square stitches (to name a few). These beadweaving techniques can also be combined with stringing (using beading wire and crimp tubes) and simple wireworking (jump rings, simple loops, wrapped loops). Ideal submissions will appeal to those new to seed beading or to experienced beaders looking for a quick project. 

As for the materials we seek, many of our readers just can’t get enough shaped beads. However, keep in mind that many still ask for projects made with traditional seed beads and cylinder beads.

Please note that we do not accept projects that have been previously published in books and magazines or on websites (even on Facebook and Etsy). If any portion of your submission has been published previously, please let us know when and where. Also, your submission MUST represent your original work—it is both unethical and undesirable to submit a project that you have learned or copied from someone else.

Our readers love to see project variations. If you made the project in more than one colorway, in a different size, with different beads, etc., please send any and all samples. Coordinating earrings, bracelets, etc. are also welcome provided that they can be created using the same technique(s) featured in the main project.

Submissions deadline:
We are accepting emailed submissions NOW through March 24, 2016. E-mail a high-quality photograph with “QUICK + EASY SUBMISSION” in the subject line. Include your name, contact information, and brief description of the project, including any stitches andmaterials used. We may request that you send in the actual piece before a final decision is made.

You will be notified of our decision within approximately two weeks of your submission. If your piece is accepted for publication, you will need to mail it to our office at your earliest convenience, along with written instructions and illustration sketches if necessary.

Mailing details:
Quick + Easy Beadwork
Attn: Lavon Peters
Interweave/ F+W
4868 Innovation Dr.
Fort Collins, CO 80525-5576
(970) 613-4659

>>NOTE: All packages must include a legible list of your package’s contents (2 bracelets, etc.) AND your contact information: full name, address, phone number, e-mail address. Please limit packaging to only what is necessary to protect your items during shipping and absolutely no Styrofoam packaging peanuts and no gift wrapping. Receipt of your submission will be promptly acknowledged by our staff. 

Acceptance Terms:
If your submission is accepted, we will send an acceptance letter and a contract for you to sign, which states that we license for exclusive first-time publication rights and subsequent nonexclusive rights for use in print, electronic, or other Interweave publications and promotions. As author, you retain the publication rights for the original materials.

We will also ask you to send us step-by-step instructions (following a template that will be provided to you) and sketches or step-by-step photos. Full details will be provided in the acceptance letter.

We reserve the right to edit your materials as necessary to fit the style, format, or other requirements of Quick + Easy Beadwork. A copy of the edited manuscript will be submitted to you via email for comments before publication. If we do not hear back from you within 48 hours, however, we will move forward.

Questions? Email and we will be happy to help!

We look forward to reviewing your submissions!