Hello artists, photographers, and illustrators,
We’re foraging for beautiful and strange visuals to include in the forthcoming second edition of Mushroom People magazine, and we’d love to see what treasures are growing on the forest floor of your imagination.
The deadline to submit work is October 12, 2023. Please read this entire message carefully for all of the relevant submission information.
If you recently submitted your portfolio for Broccoli Issue 19's art call, please do not email again. We remember you, and if we're fans of your work, we'll be considering you for the project.
Before you submit, please click below to scan the product images for the first issue of Mushroom People to gauge whether you think your work might be a good fit, both in terms of aesthetics, style, and quality.
A primer on Mushroom People aesthetics:
✿ In the forest, the tree canopy blocks the sun, but dappled light illuminates small flowers growing in the moss.
✿ As you walk, you feel a tingly awareness of the many different lives being lived in the forest.
✿ Curiosity is the motivation.
✿ The mushrooms you find would make Alice's head spin. Are they real or a dream?
✿ In this place, everything is a little strange, even familiar plants, flowers, and animals.
✿ As dusk falls, you spot a fairy circle. Step inside. What do you find?
We are looking for four types of submissions:
✿ Existing image sets to license
✿ Portfolio shares
✿ Pitches for new work
✿ Lettering artist portfolios
We’re not interested in photo shoots with mushrooms growing out of human bodies, nor do we need basic foraging photos of mushrooms in the woods. No cell phone photos, please. No AI-generated art, either.
Image set licensing
Let’s say you have an image set or series already made that you think would fit in Mushroom People’s pages. We’d love to see! Please send us 5-8 images from a single series or theme. If we’re interested in licensing your work, we will offer you a licensing fee based on the number of images we want to use. We do not require exclusivity on licensing, and it’s ok if the images have been seen before.
Pitches for new work
Got an original concept you’d like to explore? Send us some information about your idea, plus links to your work or a portfolio attachment. Simple mood boards are welcome, but please don’t go overboard. A couple of references and a portfolio are enough. If you have a budget in mind to execute your idea, please let us know.
Portfolio shares If you’re interested in working for Mushroom People, send us your portfolio and/or links to your work. We will keep you in mind for commissions.
Lettering artist portfolios
Do you have an especially unique style of hand-drawn or digitally-drawn lettering? We’re hoping to include some nature-inspired, artful typography in the magazine.
General guidelines for all art submissions
✿ Please send web res for now (no giant files)
✿ You must have high res available upon request at 300 DPI (for print)
✿ You must own the rights to the work. If you have collaborators, please ensure you have their permission. For photo shoots, typically the photographer is the rights-holder.
✿ Please share via attachment (web-res JPG or PDF showing all images), or publicly viewable links (anyone with the link can view)
✿ We prefer attachments and public links over WeTransfer downloads.
✿ Please do not use Dropbox's "share" function to share a folder with us. We won’t be able to open it.
How to submit Follow all the above instructions based on your type of submission, and email us at email@example.com by October 12th.
For licensing and pitch submissions, we will let you know ASAP if it’s a yes, a no, or a maybe.
For portfolio submissions, we will let you know that we’ve received your work. We may reach back out in the future if we have a commission for you.
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to hearing from you!