Last year, we produced a zine called Hot Glue, full of cool project ideas for you to try at home. It was our way of making Maker Faire last just a little bit longer. We had a lot of fun putting it together, people loved it at the event, they sold like hot cakes, so we’re doing it again. And we need your project write-ups, and articles to make it even bigger and better.
We’re looking for easily-accessible projects across a range of tech and craft types, from fabric crafts to simple electronics, using materials and tools that are easy to find, cheap or free, or recycling stuff you may already have around you. They might be projects you can do alone, or in your school, with your kids (or your parents). Maybe useful stuff, maybe just fun.
But also articles about making, what it means to you, personal stories and pieces on tools, technology and materials. We will pay writers a (modest) fee for original submissions. We also want to hear from anyone else who can support us with illustrations, photography, distribution or sponsorship.
Brief for writers
If you’d like to submit an idea for a project, here’s what we’re looking for:
- 500 – 1,500 words
- Ideally with high-quality photography for key steps (but we may be able to help with this)
- Uses readily available materials: recycled or free, or cheap to buy, and not requiring special expensive tools.
- Beginner-level difficulty. We’re looking for a range, so not everything has to be do-able by a 7 year old. But if your project assumes some level of skill, provide links to places where readers can pick up that skill.
- We want to represent a broad range of interests, materials, skills and crafts. The exceptions are projects that are already well-served by mainstream magazines – if there’s a magazine about your kind of project on the shelves of WH Smith, we don’t need to cover it here.
- Inspiring. It can be something useful, or something silly. So long as you enjoy writing about it, and others enjoy making it.
We’re also looking for articles on making as a hobby or culture. Why kids should be taught to be makers in schools, or how you’ve made things together as a family. All the great materials you’ve found in skips, why you love LEDs, or your collection of hot glue guns or sewing machines. What inspired you to become a maker, or people you’ve known who had the maker spirit. Inspire us!
How to contribute
Read the guidance above, and send in your ideas using the form below. At this stage, all we’re looking for is a simple idea, not the whole piece.
This project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.