What: We ask that you send us your design in a clear and professional presentation to better help us understand your ideas. Make your submission stand-alone, and avoid web links as explanation. Designs complete with yarn suggestions (several are appreciated), clear drawings, scanned swatches, and salient design features fully explained will fare better in the selection process than a line drawing labeled "Pullover with the same lace pattern as this sock (ravelry link)." Remember this is a visual medium, so strong visual presentation is recommended.
Patterns must be your own original work, and must not have been published by a traditional magazine, another webzine, or offered for free or for sale on your blog or web site. We may allow a design that you have shown on your blog, but we really believe in the fun of surprises, so we discourage this. If your design has been accepted for publication, we ask that you keep the details of the accepted pattern to yourself.
Depending on the design, we will ask that you imagine your sweater being made by knitters of all sizes, and not just focus on women (or men) of a certain size.
When: We accept design submissions three times a year, and run on an eight month publication cycle. To find out when submissions are being accepted, please check here.
We will contact you whether your design has been accepted or not, so please, be patient with us. You will hear back.
How: Once your design is accepted for publication, you will be required to sign a publication contract, and to send in the completed garment in the requested size, in yarn of our choosing by the date the Creative Director assigns to you. The written pattern will be due at the same time to allow time for technical editing and magazine layout.
We pay designers a healthy percentage of their individual pattern sales in rolling installments as explained in the publication contract.
Articles: Twist Collective cheerfully respects the territory of the traditional magazines and feels that they do what they do well. Therefore, we will leave such things as yarn shop reviews, designer profiles, and first person narratives of life-changing yarn-derived experiences to them.
Which is not to say that truly EXCEPTIONAL examples of these chestnuts wouldn't be of interest to our readers.
Again, we want to see your article/photostory/how-to, or hear about your strong and original idea, clearly explained, with a general guess about word count. Illustrations, video, or photography that will be involved should also be part of the explanation. The computer screen is a challenging medium for the written word, so we encourage pith, brevity, and substance over the verbose, the prolix, and the purple in prose. If a proposed article is incomplete, the Features Director would appreciate a sample of your writing.
Once your pitched idea or completed article is accepted for publication, you will be required to sign a publication contract, and to send in the completed article with all associated materials by the date the Featured Director assigns to you, and then to work with her to finalize the published form.
Compensation rates for features are currently under review.