Writers' Guidelines and Story Idea Submissions

Writers' Guidelines and Story Idea Submissions

We welcome your ideas for stories in upcoming issues of American Craft!

American Craft celebrates the diversity of American craft and its makers. From the handmade that we use in our homes every day to the fine craft honored in museums, we cover inspiring craft being made today. We also showcase craft organizations making a difference in their communities, thought leadership in the field, and the importance of craft in contemporary American culture.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • American Craft publishes reported articles, essays, and opinion pieces. We go through a rigorous editing process to produce polished writing that's meaningful, timely, and relevant.
  • We ask that you look at past articles in the magazine (many can be found here), review these guidelines, and consider our upcoming themes (also below) before sending us your ideas.
  • Are you an artist who wants us to know about your work? Great! Please let us know if you think there's an upcoming issue where your work would fit particularly well. We often discover artists we want to cover, then go out and find a great writer for the story.
  • Stories are generally assigned at 400-2000 words. Our pay is $0.50–$1.00 per word, depending on assignment.
  • We welcome diverse writers and feature diverse artists and makers. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason.

AUDIENCE

The magazine is for craft enthusiasts, artists, collectors, and independent thinkers with a keen interest in the creative process—including materials, techniques, and processes. These readers recognize the many design choices they have in everyday life—in their creative work, the artful objects in their homes and workplaces, the clothing they wear, and the media they engage with. The core audience of American Craft values community, sustainability, authenticity, and well-made things.

WRITERS

We value writers who can craft content for a general creative audience with clarity and insight. We love good reporting, great storytelling, and meaningful essays. Writers should take special care, when touching on craft theory or history, to write clearly, for a non-academic audience.

Many of American Craft writers have experience as arts journalists, are thorough in their reporting, and write with depth and nuance. We also love working with diverse artists and other craft professionals who have something to say to readers of American Craft. The ideal writer can be counted on to:

  • keep us apprised of changes in story concept at the reporting stage
  • write to the agreed-upon length
  • meet all deadlines
  • collaborate on editing, responding quickly to questions and suggestions
  • help to gather images when necessary

QUERIES

We welcome queries (using the form below) that sum up in a paragraph or two the most interesting aspects of a proposed story. If possible, please also include reference links, and/or image or images, with your pitch. We aim for a well-written magazine, and one that is also visually impactful.

We are interested in:

  • Artists—whether emerging, mid-career, or seasoned—who use unusual materials; have discovered a new technique; have traveled unusual paths in their work; are going through a transition, reaching a pinnacle, or facing a challenge; are working in collaborative partnerships; and more.
  • Ideas. How is craft evolving to meet the moment?
  • Craft that brings together a community for a good purpose.
  • Craft that reflects values of sustainability and community.
  • Handmade goods that are beautiful, innovative, and affordable.
  • Galleries that specialize in craft.
  • Museums, schools, and organizations advancing craft in interesting ways.
  • People who’ve collected craft and art objects in a unique way.
  • Craft destinations—places people can visit to see and experience craft.
  • Books, films, podcasts, exhibitions, and shows of interest to a broad craft-loving audience.

THEMES AND DEADLINES

Summer 2022: Forge. To forge is to make a metal object through heating and hammering—or to create a new relationship. A forge is a blacksmith’s workshop. In this issue, we look at craft and its connections to fire, power, and worth. Please send us your pitches related to the theme “forge,” including jewelry, glass, and the kiln.

  • Pitch deadline: November 15, 2021

Fall 2022: Gather. To gather is to come together, assemble, or collect. Gathering also creates soft folds in fabric by drawing it in with thread. This issue looks at collections and throughlines— how craft across cultures draws people together around the table, what inspires and energizes longtime craft collectors, and the magic of the craft marketplace. In this issue in which we cover the amazing work of ACC Fellows, we’re looking for innovative “gather” stories around ceramics, food, craft collections, and more.

  • Pitch deadline: January 17, 2022

Winter 2023: Inhabit. To inhabit is to live in or occupy. Inspired by the words of Emily Dickinson—“I dwell in possibility”—we reveal in this issue how makers listen, rest, and replenish, exploring the dynamic connection between the inner world of the craftsperson and their extraordinary, external creations. We look at craft and the body and how craft makes a home. Special coverage within this issue will include stories related to furniture, home, and education.

  • Pitch deadline: April 18, 2022

Submission Form

Please use this form to submit your story idea to the American Craft editorial team.