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5 Reasons Why You Should Submit to Magazines (And Where to Submit)

I’ve seen a lot of back and forth from photographers about submitting to magazines –– some think it’s a great idea, and others are not so fond. As the creator of a submissions-based magazine, it may seem like I’m a little biased, but hear me out. As a creative, I believe magazine submissions can absolutely be worth your time professionally. Here’s five good reasons why you should submit to magazines.

1. Create new connections and build your team.

Magazine submissions typically require the efforts of a crew to put a quality shoot together. This can include makeup artists, hair stylists, wardrobe stylists, models, and can expand so far as nail artists, prop stylists, set designers. Creating editorials for submission allows you to explore relationships with different creatives and figure out who you share a good vibe with. As you meet more people and develop these relationships, you can start to put together teams of your favorite people to work with; the ones who you know you can get the shot with.

2. Establishing credibility.

Many established artists once started with magazine submissions. They built their portfolios with magazine spreads and editorial credits. Who would you rather hire – the photographer whose work has been proven successful through the acceptance of several publications, or the photographer without that credibility? Submissions are a great way to establish yourself on a smaller scale to bring your career to the next level.

3. Network with editors.

For a lot of independent magazine editors, their magazine is not their full-time job. They are often involved in other facets of the industry. If you develop a positive relationship with an independent magazine editor through consistent, high quality work, who knows where their next career move might take you?

4. Get your work exposed.

No one likes to be paid in “exposure”. Sometimes, however, exposure is one of the most valuable pieces of the puzzle to land your next big gig. The combined social followings of many magazines can be a huge advantage and can lead anywhere from gaining followers to enticing your next client.

5. Be a part of something wonderful.

If you’re considering submitting to magazines, you’re a creative. What creative doesn’t want to be a part of something that is truly wonderful? Seeing your work laid out in the a magazine spread –– whether it’s print or digital –– can be so inspiring for a creative. Flip through and find yourself amongst dozens of other talented creatives. Be a part of something great.

Ready to submit? Stay tuned for my do’s and don’ts of magazine submissions, coming soon. For now, you can review Atlas Magazine’s submissions guidelines and check out this list of some of my favorite submissions-based magazines below.

Fashion Magazines That Take Submissions:

ARTS, culture + LIFESTYLE MAGAZINES THAT TAKE SUBMISSIONS:

Got a favorite submissions-based magazine I’m missing? Drop it in the comments section!

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1/11/2018

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5 Reasons Why You Should Submit to Magazines (And Where to Submit)

  1. mama@abv.bg says:

    What about Stark Magazine? http://www.StarkMag.co.uk

    • mbreukelman@sva.edu says:

      I put together a list of my personal favorites –– I’ve never heard of Stark, but I’ll have to look into it. Thanks! 😉

  2. embracebeautymag@gmail.com says:

    would love to add my two magazines to this article for submissions! Omega Fashion Magazine and Embrace Beauty Magazine

  3. Lovely article! I would like to see Promo Magazine 🙂 in there as well if thats possible.

  4. Great article! Thanks for sharing the importance of magazine submissions. I’m the owner of SOLA Magazine http://www.sola-mag.com @solamagazine. We just got started last year and we’re on a roll! Would love to be considered for the list of fashion magazines!

  5. Kamal Mostofi says:

    Great articlr. I would also recommend L’Affaire Magazine.

  6. Hi I’m Roger Buerke and I’m a fashion photographer from germany.
    I submit regulary fashion productions to several magazines and it’s worth. I agree with you. It’s a great article, thank you.

  7. mercedeslynn.mi@gmail.com says:

    Elan Vital Magazine is always accepting submissions. We pay our contributors and a percentage of every issue sold goes to charity!

  8. as starting photographer who’s work has been published in a few magazines i’ll have to slightly disagree. While exposure is good i would prefer money or at least a printed copy of the magazine.
    Knowing that you invested years learning and thousands of $ in gear its turns me off knowing that ill have to pay full price if i want to buy a magazine with my work. This is just my experience might not apply to the magazines you linked.

    • mbreukelman@sva.edu says:

      I think the value for photographers is beyond just gaining exposure though, which is why I wrote this–– the production process and the end result are equally important when you are building your career. 🙂

  9. @gavin_homme we take submissions of male fashion and physique.

  10. Melissap@hotmail.com says:

    Love this! Dreamingless Magazine is hella rad too 💖🙃

  11. Elan Vital Magazine take submissions and offer a commission based payout to the submitter if they’re published!
    Check out EVM at http://elanvital.media or on Facebook at facebook.com/elanvitalmag and IG @elanvitalmag

  12. Pure Pin Up & Pure Vintage Magazine Aldo take submissions.

  13. I like this article and all the tips you shared, if I was a photographer I would challenge myself to submit to magazines.

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