Cool & Collected Magazine is looking for high-quality content
Thank you for you interest in contributing to Cool & Collected Magazine. Cool & Collected covers pop-culture with a specific focus on the collectibles that it generates. Articles that are submitted for the magazine should be informative and engaging, not only to hard-core collectors, but also to casual fans and collectors who might just be getting started. This magazine does NOT go into politics, religion, sexual preferences, etc. — it is a fun, family-friendly publication that anyone can enjoy. If you are a writer, photographer, or illustrator and would like to be part of a future issue of Cool & Collected, here are some of the guidelines to set you down the right path.
The editorial voice of submitted works should be friendly, relaxed, and conversational. Very down-to-earth, just as if you were sitting around chatting with your fellow collectors — well, without all the cursing.
Although we do not like to give a required length (as we feel that the content of an article should dictate its length), we would suggest that submissions be no longer than 1,500 words.
How to submit articles:
Submit articles and story pitches via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put the words “EDITORIAL SUBMISSION” in the subject field.
Information to provide:
Please include your name, address, and daytime phone number. If this is your first time submitting to us, please tell us about yourself, your experience, background as a writer, and any pertinent qualifications.
What to expect after submitting story:
We do our best to respond to all inquiries. If your writing sample meets our requirements, then we will contact you. If you have not heard back from us within a month, please assume that we will not be able to use your submission at this time.
As we are just getting started, articles will be accepted on a voluntary basis. At this point in time, there is no compensation for contributing, but you will be part of a fun project and will be able to see your name in print (yes, print!).
Some topic ideas:
Cool & Collected is interested in receiving submissions on a variety of topics related to collectibles, events, and destinations for pop culture fans. Listed below are some ideas to consider…
Top 10 Lists
The top 10 pages can range far and wide to cover any aspect of pop culture collecting. Examples might be: Top 10 Star Wars Collectibles, Top 10 Horror Movie Posters, Top 10 LEGO Sets, etc. As long as the focus remains on pop culture collectibles, this is a fairly open topic.
Most of the magazine will cover vintage items that were sold in stores years, or decades ago, but this article will feature items that are new or soon to be released. There should be a recurring theme to tie all the items together, such as a particular movie or comic book property.
Each issue has several feature articles which run 4-6 pages. These feature articles are written by knowledgable collectors on a particular topic that they are interested in from a collecting standpoint. Celebrity interviews with collectors, or with the people who make the items we collect would be great.
Report from the Show
If you attend a comic convention, toy show, or other collecting event, bring your camera! “Reports from the Show” are photo essays that highlight some of the best items and people found at the show.
What a Character!
This will be the biography of an iconic pop culture character. The article should tell the story of the character’s origin, its creators, and the various high points in his/her history.
The Long Box
This article focuses on one particular comic book character and showcases the top collectible issues of that character. The premiere issue that sells for millions should be shown next to recent, more obtainable issues.
Knock it Off!
Articles will highlight a particular line of knock-off or bootleg toys. These toys must have a basis in pop culture and not be so obscure that hardly anyone knows about them.
Pop culture-themed artists and the artwork they generate is a hot area for collectors. Companies such as Mondo, Gallery 1988, Hero Complex Gallery, etc. are always putting on amazing exhibits. If you are a pop culture artist and would like to be featured with an interview and portfolio showcase, we can certainly arrange that.
This article is the last page of the magazine. It should have a bit more humor than the other articles. The Find articles will be about the thrill of the hunt and that day you found a prized possession to add to your collection.
Wrap it up
As a contributor to the magazine, you will receive three copies to read and share, and you will be credited in the magazine as well. The magazine is a community-driven project that will soon be THE publication for collectors, no matter what their interests. I am incredibly excited to see the enthusiasm of my friends and fellow collectors who have already volunteered to pitch in and make this dream a reality, and hopefully, we will be able to fulfill some of your dreams as well.