Submission Guidelines

So, you want to write for us? We’d love to hear from you!

Below you will find submission guidelines for Cloth Paper Scissors as well as our special issues of Cloth Paper Scissors STUDIOS, and our NEW publication I Paper.


I {Heart} Paper is a bursting with gorgeous paper art that will inspire artists of all types—from the sophisticated scrapbooker looking to branch out, and the insatiable paper addict, to the mixed-media and collage artists who love working with paper.

All article features focus on paper 
re-imagined into fantastic, beautiful, and/or purpose-filled items like wreaths, collage, sculpture, artist cards, party and home decor, and so much more. This issue promises photographic eye candy and clear instructions that will delight all.


What we’re looking for:

Beautiful, decorative, and/or practical projects that showcase paper.

Project supplies can include all paper art basics such as scissors, craft knives, craft mats, rulers, pens and pencils, punches, adhesive, bone folders, awls. Other supplies like paint and gesso, stamps and inks, stencils, thread and fibers, wire and metal, letterpress, silk screening, dyes, and fabric may also be used but should be limited to just one or two from this list. Please no stickers or scrapbook pages (decorative scrapbook paper is welcome!).


Quality craftsmanship, unique ideas, beautiful projects in the following categories:

Gifts and Stationery: Small items that could be given as gifts, such as key chains, jewelry, book covers, bookmarks, gift books, magnets, etc. Also, creative gift wrap, tags, and cards.

Note: All card submissions should focus on a specific interesting technique like letterpress, printmaking, cut paper, etc. We are not accepting card submissions made primarily with commercially purchased embellishments.


Entertaining: Create a whole party ensemble or just a decorative paper element for entertaining. Think cupcake wrappers, party picks, buntings and banners, centerpieces, menu and place cards, cake plate edging, placemats and table runners, party favors, and more.


Home, Office, and Studio: Projects large and small that help to decorate or fill a need. Think laminated-paper device covers, calendars, business card holders, hand-bound notebooks, portfolios, wreaths, message boards, recipe holders, customized tools, and book ends.


Art: Scrumptiously lovely pieces of two- and three-dimensional artwork that would make any paper lover drool. We’d love to see paper sculpture (flat and in-the-round), collage, assemblages, and more!


How to submit:

Please send the following to submissions@clothpaperscissors.com2-3 photos and/or sketches of the project(s) you’d like to write about; a short outline of the project, including a materials list;  a 100-word bio; and your full address and contact information, including blog, website, and social-media information. Please put I HEART PAPER in the subject line.

Brought to you by the editors of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine! 

Your artwork must be free of any text or images that are protected by copyright, unless you have the expressed written permission from the person or institution that holds the copyright and you provide that written permission with your submission. Artwork and instructions must be your own.



Cloth Paper Scissors

If you have a technique, project, or body of work to share, Cloth Paper Scissors would like to know about it. We want to show other artists—from beginners to the advanced—the latest, edgiest, most unusual collage and mixed-media techniques and applications.

Cloth Paper Scissors is most interested in publishing previously unpublished articles that cover unique collage and mixed-media techniques geared to beginner, intermediate, or advanced artists. Feature articles may explore motifs and methods that will inspire and inform collage, fiber, and mixed-media artists. We are interested in articles focusing on fabric and paper collage techniques; paint and dye applications; handmade books; creative sketchbook keeping; art journaling; altered books techniques; ways of working with polymer clay; stitching on paper, fabric, and other media; crafting as a business and way of life; embossing techniques; digital imagery for collage; working with found objects; crafting “green”; and stories about creating inspired studios for mixed-media artists.


How to submit

Submissions via email

  • Send a description of the technique or article you propose, and an outline for the article to
  • Be sure to include your name, address, and phone number in the email.
  • Please include photographs of the art or process (up to three low-resolution jpegs with your email). One email and up to three attached low-res jpegs, only please. If we are interested in your query, we may ask for more photos, or higher resolution jpegs to be sent, but we do all our magazine photography in-house.
  • You will receive an auto-reply immediately, acknowledging that your email has been received. We will let you know within 12 weeks via email whether we have accepted your query. No phone calls or emails, please.

Please note: Artist Profiles, Book Reviews, Product Reviews, and Reader Challenges are written by our in-house staff.

Submissions via mail

If you prefer, you may send in queries via regular mail. Include an SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) if you want your query materials returned. Succinctly describe your story idea or technique and include photos of your artwork (these are just to give us an idea and do not need to be professionally shot). Please do not send original artwork at this point in the process.

To mail your query, send it to:

Cloth Paper Scissors
ATTN: CPS Submissions
490 Boston Post Road, Suite 15
Sudbury, MA 01776 

cloth paper scissors STUDIOS

Please provide the following information in a Microsoft Word document:

City and state (or county, if outside the U.S.)

What do you create, and how? 

How do you personalize your space? Please tell us about any meaningful items (family treasures, travel souvenirs, heirlooms, other artists' artwork, etc.) you have in your studio.

What is your very favorite thing about your studio? What makes it truly unique? (Note: Think long and hard about this question! We want to know something about your studio that makes it different from any other.)

Is there anything else you feel we should know about you, your work, or your studio?

Please also provide four photos of your studio:

We are looking for photos that will give us a sense of your overall studio space, so we ask that you send only four photos-one of each wall. To best capture each wall, be sure to stand far enough away and take a straight-on shot whenever possible. If we need to see more photos, we will let you know as soon as possible. (Note: We request that your photos be good quality so that we can see your studio at its best. However, we do not require high-resolution images at this stage in the process.)

To submit:

Once you have answered the questions and taken your photos, please send everything to Michelle Jibson at The STUDIOS team will review your submission and let you know within a reasonable time frame whether your studio would be a good fit for a future issue.

We look forward to receiving your submission soon!

copyright issues
No submissions which may violate copyright laws will be accepted. If your artwork could be perceived by Interweave Press LLC as a potential copyright violation, please provide written consent by the party which may have standing with regard to the copyright issue.