Now accepting: written, photographic, video works for publication.
"WHAT SPORTSWEAR GETS WRONG
ABOUT THE FEMALE BODY"
Summer 2017, Writing by
"AROUND TOWN SERIES"
Spring 2017, Photography by
Kasandra Enid Torres
"POINTS OF CONVERGENCE"
Spring 2017, Photography by
Susannah van der Zaag
Here is what we would love to see from you. (Continue to check back here, as this is ever-changing.) All of these must be sent to . Please include your name, age, and use the subject line specified for each post.
Instagram. We want to see your photography, art, videos, personal style, makeup skills, etc! Post it on Instagram with one of our many hashtags: #couturesquecrush, #couturesqueloves, #couturesquelooks, #couturesquemood, or #couturesquereads. We will take a sneak peek and may regram it or use it in a future piece.
Couturesque’s October/November theme is CREATURES OF HABIT. We are talking about traditions, rituals, daily routines, and habits. February/March will be our UTOPIA issue. Send in your early submissions now!
Photographers/illustrators. This theme’s colour palette is neo mint, black, pistachio, white, and cherry.
Send your CREATURES OF HABIT or UTOPIA-related work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We love hearing from you - and sharing your writings and imagery!
Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we can only respond to the emails sent to that follow our specific editorial and formatting guidelines (below). We do not, and will not, consider work submitted without context, general portfolios or “Hey, I like your site. I think I’d be a great fit. Xx,”, or work sent to other email addresses or through Couturesque’s social media accounts.
Please include your name, age, and pronouns with your submission. Couturesque only accepts work from those over 13 years of age.
Do you pay contributors for submissions?
Unfortunately, everyone from the staff to contributors works on a sole volunteer, passion-fuelled basis.
How do I submit written work to Couturesque?
Please submit a completed final draft of an unpublished piece - meaning that it has not been released on your social media or other editorial platforms (personal blog/website/etc), as we accept original content only - accompanied by an introduction to the piece. Your email should include a brief, concise, specific summary of your thesis (go further than, “this is about natural beauty/Chanel/how to style jeans/the patriarchy” - in what way is it about your topic? What’s your unique angle? Why is it worth us publishing?). We want your submission to give us a solid understanding of why you and Couturesque are a good fit.
Include your full draft below your introduction, attach it as a document, or provide a link to a viewable Google doc.
How long should my draft be?
Length really depends on A: the type of work (essays will usually be longer than listings) and B: the topic - what’s most important is that you’ve fleshed your idea out as fully as possible and we receive a draft of your work.
What kind of written pieces are you looking for?
We accept content in line with what you can find on our website: think pieces, essays (not high school or college essays), listings, humorous criticisms, rants, and raves. We also love a good personal essay.
Please browse our previous content, familiarise yourself with our energy, and to see if something similar has been published on Couturesque before. We frequently get submission about topics previously covered.
We adhere to pretty high-quality standards, meaning that if submissions we receive aren’t in line with the calibre of writing/imaging as well as our publication's voice, we will not share them. Please ensure, to the best of your ability, that you have spotless grammar and spelling.
Can I pitch an interview with someone/cover an event/do other reporting for Couturesque?
Of course! However, you must ask us first. This is critical. Unless we have given you the official go-ahead, please do not approach people for a “Couturesque interview,” offer to cover an event “on behalf of Couturesque,” or claim to be involved with Couturesque if we haven’t given you the proper approval.
What happens if my written submission is accepted?
If we accept your work, you agree to have it edited and workshopped for our team who will make your work the best it can be. Non-fiction pieces with be fact-checked, and we may come back to you with further notes. You will then get one chance to look over the final piece before it is published and may be consulted regarding the accompanying imagery. At that point, your submission must be guaranteed to be unique to Couturesque and cannot be re-submitted elsewhere. Much of our editorial calendar is planned well in advance of when pieces are published, so there is a chance it will take some time to receive edits - feel free to follow up if we accept something and you haven’t heard back after a couple of weeks!
How do I submit visual works to Couturesque?
Editorials, photo series, illustrations, etc. Send us a description of the post you have in mind and a selection of sample illustrations/photos/whatnot that represent the project as a whole (small, web-friendly files please). For safety (and time) considerations, we cannot accept pieces sent via an Internet link or downloadable file. We ask that you send images via Dropbox or Google Drive link to ; we will follow up if we need a higher resolution file sent.
Videos. Please only send video submissions that have not already been published online - including YouTube, Vimeo, IGTV, etc.
Ideally, videos should be submitted fully edited, in finished form, and roughly 10 minutes or shorter. We legally cannot publish or use videos that include unlicensed music or images, so if your video has other people’s work in it, we need their permission to publish it. We also ask that you send video content via Dropbox or Google Drive link to
What kind of photos and videos do you accept?
Photographic and video submissions must have an editorial impetus. For fashion/beauty editorials, we are looking for at least 3 looks per shoot, with a unified story/theme. Your personal outfit or fashion 'blog' images will not be considered. Priority on 35mm photography editorial and editorials with no retouching whatsoever.
So, what happens if my visual works are accepted?
We may ask you to send your editorial/photo series full, or request that certain images be omitted from the final series. Sometimes we request different edits. For videos, we will verify the final edits with you, then have you submit a version ready for publication via Dropbox or Google Drive link.
For written AND visual works. We have the right to and can cancel or remove your submission at any time.
How will I know if my submission is rejected? How soon will I hear back? What happens if my submission is rejected?
It’s okay. We are a small editorial team of volunteers and students, being flooded with various submissions, however, while we try very hard to respond to all of them, we are not always able to so. Repeatedly sending the same submission will only slow the flow. We will see your submission. We promise.
A variety of reasons may be to play as to why a particular submission might not work for Couturesque. Don’t take it personally or feel discouraged, for it isn’t at all a reflection of your abilities. Send us something else! Or you’re piece just may not work for one theme, yet really fit something we have in the near future.
What are your deadlines for submissions?
Thankfully, we no longer have deadlines for theme-based submissions. Like we said before if your idea is great, yet doesn’t quite fit one theme, our editors will try to find it a loving home in another future theme. We will reach out to you if this is the case.
Read through all of this and agree? Send your submissions to with
PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO, or WRITING and your name in the Subject field.