You are warmly invited to submit artwork to RubberStampMadness for issue themes or for columns and feature stores.
The first theme for our Spring 2016 edition is P.S. I Love You. Since Valentine’s Day falls within Spring issue months, we thought this would be a good time for you to send us “all your love, every day, in a letter, sealed with a kiss.” We’ll feature stamp art cards and collages with hearts, flowers, cupids, sweet sentiments and more. The second theme is Film Strips. Now's your chance to be a movie director and create your own stamped story. This challenge is similar to the Window Challenge featured in the Holidays 2014 edition. Click here for film-strip templates. Sept. 10, 2015 is the final postmark date for both themes.
Looking further ahead, the first theme for our Summer 2016 edition is Women of the World. We are looking for stamped scenes or collages that include images of women from countries and cultures around the world, as well as women who are adventuresome and successful. The second theme is Out to Sea. Ships, fish, mermaids and any other “denizens of the deep” are fair game. Anchors aweigh, mateys! Dec. 10, 2015 is the final postmark date for both themes.
Cards, scenes and projects are always welcome. We are looking for artwork for the Tips & Techniques, Card Shoppe and Reinker columns. We often include feature stories on stamp artists when we see a selection of stellar artwork. Send yours in!
Artwork for the cover is generally picked from submissions on one of the issue themes. Occasionally, a cover submission not on a theme will inspire us to set up a theme for a future issue. Details on cover art specifications can be found below. Artists whose work is chosen for the cover receive $200.
BEST NEW STAMPER:
The artist chosen Best New Stamper receives a $50 gift certificate to the RSM store. The Best New Stamper is someone whose work has not been published previously in RSM.
THEME SUBMISSION SPECIFICATIONS:
Artwork submissions can be as large as 5” by 6-1/2”. Exceptions are made for dimensional and 3-D pieces. All submissions are subject to reduction. Submit up to four entries per theme. Artwork sent by mail is returned when accompanied by an SASE. We suggest adding protective cardboard to your envelopes. If submitting for more than one theme, please include an SASE for each theme.
NON-THEME SUBMISSION SPECIFICATIONS:
Submit one or more pieces. There are no limitations on size.
Remember to include your name, postal and e-mail address, as well as stamp credits on the back of each submission. Project instructions are NOT needed at this time. We may post submissions on RSM’s Facebook and Pinterest pages. Please indicate on your artwork or in a note if you’d prefer that your artwork appeared only in the magazine.
Send to RubberStampMadness, PO Box 610, Corvallis, OR 97339-0610 or 216 SW Madison Ave., Suite 17, Corvallis, OR 97333. Or send 100 dpi jpegs of artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org. When sending via e-mail, include stamp credits, your name, address and phone number within the message. If your e-mail has a SPAM block, include RSM in your “acceptable mail to receive folder.”
COVER SUBMISSION SPECIFICATIONS:
Two size options:
1) 8-5/8” wide by 11-1/4” high. This size assumes the artwork fills the whole cover. There will be a slight trim of about 1/4” off each edge.
2) 8-5/8” wide by 10-1/2” high. This size fills the cover except for a strip across the top for information about the issue. About 1/4” is trimmed off each edge.
Try not to put any cool images in one of the bottom corners of your art, where the store pricing symbol will be placed. And, remember about 1-1/2” of the page will be overlaid with the RubberStampMadness logo.
Thank you for sending in stamp art. We look forward to hearing from you.