Call for project write-ups

For this year’s event, we’ll be producing a small zine to help people get started on some simple maker projects.

It will feature a few 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.

It will also have some pointers to essential online resources to help people get started making, and articles on the maker spirit, and why we enjoy it so much.

We’ve always seen Brighton Mini Maker Faire as a spark to ignite making in as many people as possible. We love it when people come to the event, and go away feeling like they’ve discovered a whole new world. We want them to take that feeling home and make something. But jumping from inspiration to action isn’t always easy. We all need a little help to get started on something new (or to re-discover something old). The zine (along with the workshop programme we’re developing) is part of that. You can read more about the inspiration for the zine, and some of our creative ideas, over on my blog.

To make it happen, we need great project ideas and write-ups. That’s where you come in. We want you to submit your ideas for a project that you can write up, in an engaging and accessible format. We also want to hear from anyone else who can support us with illustrations, photography, distribution or sponsorship.

Brief for writers

Specs

  • 500 – 1,500 words
  • Ideally with high-quality photography for key steps (but we may be able to help with this)

Timing

  • Send in your project ideas: Now — 10th June
  • Deadline for completed write-ups: 15th July

Fees

We will pay writers a (modest) fee for original submissions.

Project guidance

Uses readily available materials: recycled or free, or cheap to buy, and not requiring special expensive tools
For example, for electronics projects, we’d rather they made use of a toy from a high-street shop, that needed a special order from an online component supplier with a minimum £20 order.)

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.

Any age
It could be something aimed at kids, or grown-ups. Or something for families to do together.

Leads on to something more challenging
What could someone who made this make next? Is there a website where people share projects like this, or a meetup group or a book they should read?

Any kind of make
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.

Articles
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. Any questions, leave a comment on this post.


This project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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