Call for entries—Jane Austen Knits 2014
About Jane Austen Knits
We're very excited to announce an Interweave special issue publication that will be available in Fall of 2014—Jane Austen Knits. While we know there is very little evidence that Jane Austen actually was a knitter, it is likely that she was given the time she lived and her circumstances. In addition to the likelihood that Jane Austen was a knitter, we also know that her work has inspired generations of knitters and other crafters alike. Whether you consider yourself a Janeite and are steeped in the literature or have just caught a movie or two based on her novels, we're interested in your interpretations, reflections, and inspirations based on Jane Austen's works. Our hope is to create a knitting magazine that is inspired by the works of Jane Austen and the Regency era, and appealing to knitters of our day and age. Please look at a copy of Jane Austen Knits to get an idea of our aesthetic.
Like our sister publications, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Spin-Off, and Knitscene, we will present beautifully finished projects, accompanied by clear step-by-step instruction, and stories and articles of interest to Jane Austen aficionados, primarily focused on knitting (but we'll also be interested in holding the attention of anyone who crafts and loves Jane Austen). Projects can range from quick but intriguing items that can be accomplished in a weekend, to complex patterns that may take months to complete.
Things to remember
Jane Austen (1775–1817) lived and wrote during the England's Regency period (1795–1837). Austen is spelled with an e, not an i.
Possible items and topics
Historically accurate knitted items—reticules, spencers, shawls, miser bags, carriage boots, etc.
Simple and practical knitted garments for our modern age, but inspired by Jane.
Character-based garments or items.
Knitted garments and accessories for the beginner, intermediate or advanced knitter as well as for children, women, and men.
Jane Austen Knits 2014: Please submit your sketches, swatches, and completed submission form by Monday February 3, 2014. Include this submission form with your proposal.
All written queries and all submissions for the magazine should go to:
Amy Clarke Moore
Jane Austen Knits 2014
201 East Fourth Street
Loveland, CO 80537
Contributor Guidelines for Jane Austen Knits
We expect that the project you ask us to consider has not been published nor is it presently submitted elsewhere. If any part of your submission has been published previously, please let us know when and by whom (this includes photographs on your blog or on social networking sites). If we have not worked with you before, please include a few words about yourself (this is to help us to get a feel for your sensibilities; if you are a new designer, don't worry—we're always looking for new talent and will not turn you away because you don't have a lot of professional experience). Please label each sheet in your package with your name and all forms of contact information.
Remember that your submission is a representation of who you are and how you work-if you send us a thoughtful, neat, and well-organized submission, we are likely to be intrigued.
Send a detailed proposal-generous swatch, written description, and sketches that will give us a clear idea of what to expect in a finished piece. If we accept your proposal, and once we've discussed any editorial adjustments to the project concept and agreed on the details, you will begin work on the project and instructions.
We are always looking for designs that represent the intersection of the following: what we love to knit, what we love in fashion, and what we love to wear or that with which we love to decorate our homes. We would like to see projects in all types of fibers at all levels of challenge, for women, children, men, and the home. We are captivated by projects that teach us something new and also by projects that are ingenious in some way (an interesting closure, a deceptively simple stitch pattern, an unexpected colorway, etc.).
Most importantly, we ask you to use your imagination and to submit ideas that you believe in strongly.
Your swatch should be of a healthy size and in a yarn appropriate to the design.
Some words about the yarn choice (i.e., "This top relies on an open stitch and a fluid, inelastic yarn to make the blouson-waist drape properly. A linen or bamboo in worsted or lighter weight would be ideal") makes the package feel well-thought out and cohesive, and helps in making editorial yarn choices.
Include a realistic schematic, or at least a list of key measurements for one size. If a garment employs a unique construction or shape, be sure to illustrate how the pieces go together and how they work on the body.
Submission materials for projects we cannot accept will be returned, but we may not be able to make a decision right away. Please do not send items that need to be returned immediately.
We are interested in feature articles of all lengths on a broad range of topics related to crafting and Jane Austen's work. Send a brief description, an outline, and a sample paragraph or two. If the proposal is accepted, and once we've made any adjustments to the concept and agreed on the details, you will begin work on the article.
Acceptance and Payment
Receipt of your submission will be promptly acknowledged, but we may not be able to make a decision about its use right away. Please be patient. At the earliest, expect to hear from the Jane Austen Knits editors about six weeks after submissions materials are due.
For accepted submissions, we license for exclusive first-time publication rights and subsequent nonexclusive rights for use in print, electronic, or other Interweave publications and promotions. You retain the copyright to the original work. For designs, we also offer additional digital rights: If you elect, publisher exercises the right, but not the obligation, to sell the published design through our pattern store. You receive a royalty on patterns sold online; non-exclusivity still applies. Upon acceptance of your work and before your work is published, you will receive a contract stating the terms of acceptance for you to sign. All payments are made in U.S. funds upon publication.