Call for Submissions - Patterns & writing

Making Stories Magazine Issue No. 1


Submission Deadline for Designers: November 11

Submission Deadline for Writers: January 8

About Making Stories Magazine

Making Stories Magazine is a new magazine that aims to showcase companies and makers who centre their work around sustainability, transparency, fairness and equity, tell their stories, educate and inspire crafters and enable them to make informed decisions.

We share scenes that tell not just one story, knitwear that is shown on more than one body type, pieces that are being worn as we’d wear them in our everyday life. We publish pieces from a diverse range of voices, we’re interested in exploring and learning from different perspectives and strengthening our community, and we offer a platform for writers who express what they care about in their work.

Our inspiration behind Issue 1

Issue 1 is inspired by the idea of allowing and making space for change, and will explore how change affects our crafting, how you use making to allow for and process change and how you would translate the concept of change into knitwear design and creative writing. Please see our mood board here for an idea of our general Making Stories aesthetic. (The Pinterest board is titled: Making Stories Aesthetic)

We’re looking to work with designers and writers who share our values and work ethos and would love to see your interpretations of change! Before you submit, please read through our Making Stories mission statement to see if you and your work align with what we believe in.

Making Stories will hold the exclusive rights for patterns and texts for four months after publication. Compensation for patterns is based on complexity and ranges from € 100 to € 450. Compensation for written pieces is based on word count and text type and ranges from € 50 to € 200.

Design Submissions

For designs, your submissions should include

  • a short description of the design, its construction and how it relates to our vision for Issue 1,

  • a swatch,

  • a sketch,

  • suggested yarn weight and gauge,

  • a previously published pattern (if possible in PDF form)

We’re looking to include 1-2 pairs of socks, 1-2 neck accessories, 1-2 hats and 3-4 sweaters.

Please send your full submission in PDF format to Submission deadline for patterns is November 11; please see details on the complete publication timeline at the bottom of the page.

Writing Submissions

As for editorial content, please send your completed text as a submission. It should relate to the publication's focus and we’re looking to include

  • poems,

  • thought pieces,

  • short stories,

  • personal stories,

  • visuals with short descriptions.

Please send your full submission in PDF format to Submission deadline for writing pieces is January 8; please see details on the complete publication timeline at the bottom of the page.

Timeline for writers

  • January 8: submission deadline

  • January 9: decision

  • January 9 - February 8: editing

  • Mid March: launch

Timeline for designers

  • November 11: submission deadline

  • November 13: decision

  • November 13 - December 14: pattern writing

  • December 14 - January 9: tech editing

  • December 21 - February 1: sample knitting

  • January 9 - February 13: test knitting

  • Mid March: launch