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Issue 50: Autumn 2024
For Pom Pom’s 50th issue (how did we make it so far?!) we decided to lean into the tradition of celebrating the number 50 with gold. Of course usually it’s for 50 years rather than 50 issues, but being a publication that has always loved yellow (and by extension gold!) it feels like a great time to embrace that love, while reflecting on the fact that we have reached such a special milestone. You could say that yellow has been a golden thread running through Pom Pom, holding together our palettes, keeping us on that yellow brick road to crafting joy!
As well as reflecting on how much we love golden hues we have been thinking of all the instances of gold that we can, whether in myths and fairytales, or in nature. Rumplestiltskin spun straw into gold, the fates spun our destinies in golden thread, and Ariadne used a golden thread to help Theseus escape from the Minotaur. And if these aren’t familiar or don’t resonate then what feels more golden than pollen, wheatfields, autumn leaves, and evening sunshine?
This issue will be an autumn one (very fortuitously - see yellow leaves above), so we are looking for knit and crochet pieces that will work in a transitional season; layering garments are perfect and accessories are especially welcome! Perhaps you could create a piece inspired by the colour yellow, or by something yellow, or maybe a special milestone in your own life. Whatever golden thread and the number 50 mean to you we would love to see it!
Please submit your ideas by Sunday 20th August 2023, midnight BST, via the form below. If your design has been selected, you will be notified early in September. Finished patterns, samples, and articles will then be due mid-January 2024 for publication in August 2024.
Compensation and support
Compensation is offered on a scale of difficulty of the pattern / length of article, etc. We provide yarn support. You can also rest assured your pattern will be presented in the best light possible, with professional tech editing, beautiful photography, and brilliant graphic design. Payment is by bank transfer in the UK, PayPal or Transferwise if you are abroad. Each contributor will receive a printed copy of the magazine.
At Pom Pom we are also interested in other crafts, music, food, art, and culture. If you have any tutorial or article ideas within these realms which you think might be of interest to our knitting and crochet audience, let us know. See below for contact details.
Pom Pom celebrates and supports diversity in our pages, our community, and our team. All races, religions, abilities, sexualities, genders, and bodies are encouraged to submit, and we are here to help if you need any particular accommodations.
Before submitting your proposal, please read our Values page. It's important that every potential contributor is aware of our beliefs and the standards to which we hold ourselves and publications accountable.
Ready to submit?
We will need information about your design, suggested yarns, design inspiration and how it will work with our issue theme. Click 'Submit your design' below to be taken to our submissions form.
Be sure to read the form carefully and include all necessary elements including a sketch on a body and an image of your swatch. You will be able to upload a PDF including your sketches, swatches, and other information to support your submission. Only PDF files up to 10 MB in size will be accepted. This form will automatically save your place, even if you close the tab or window.
Once you’ve submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email. You may submit as many ideas as you like, but you will need to upload each separately.
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