Bella Grace is a print publication devoted to discovering magic in the ordinary. Our aim is to touch the souls of our readers through beautifully penned, uplifting stories and striking photographs that capture life’s beautiful journey.
At Bella Grace, we believe that:
Bella Grace is currently seeking submissions from
writers and photographers who share these same beliefs.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
We are currently looking for original narratives and poetry that focus on the idea that “Life is a beautiful adventure.” Submitted work can be about simple pleasures, life lessons learned, slowing down, embracing your authentic self, and more. Written submissions can include accompanying photography, but we will also pair writers up with photographers if necessary.
Picture submissions should capture the spirit of Bella Grace. They should depict simple moments, bits of romance or whimsy, feelings of happiness, etc. We’re always looking for photographs of women reading, writing, sipping coffee, in deep thought, and having fun. Though there are always exceptions, we tend to select photographs that do not have the subject looking directly at the camera. Photography can be submitted on its own and will be considered for use with narratives or as the background for the quotes featured throughout the book.
Who doesn’t love making a great list? Creating lists can be an effective and inspiring form of writing. They’re also fun to read! We aren’t looking for your grocery list; we’re looking for your life lists. A few ideas include 10 Ways to Turn a Day Around, 5 Times I Laughed Uncontrollably, and 15 Things I’d Tell My 15-Year-Old Self. Make it funny, make it sweet … the choice is yours.
Who doesn’t love Instagram? As artists and creatives, it’s such a great way to beautifully share our days with others. It also serves as a diary to help us document our days. In each issue of Bella Grace we feature a few Instagram collections. We’re now opening this up to submissions! All you need to do is send 15 images that you feel capture your Instagram and a statement about what living a Bella Grace life means to you. If selected, you will need to provide high-resolution images that can be printed at 5″ x 5″, 300 dpi.
IDEAS TO GET YOU STARTED
We are happy to receive general submissions, but in case you need a few ideas to get you started, we are also looking for responses (photographic or written or both) to the following prompts:
Stories of Self-Love
Most of us have our own bag of tricks we turn to when we need to show ourselves a little love and kindness. For our editor-in-chief, it’s a quiet night spent under her very favorite blanket and a cozy mystery. It never fails to brighten her spirits. What is it you turn to? What’s your recipe for self-love? (Lists and narratives accepted.)
Small, Random Acts of Kindness
It’s been said that you never know what another person might be going through, so it’s important to be kind with everyone. A small gesture, such as a flower placed on a car windshield or an anonymous note left for someone to find, can make a huge impact. For an upcoming issue of Bella Grace, we are hoping to gather as many ideas for committing random acts of kindness as we possibly can. Furthermore, if you have a story to share about the impact an act of kindness has had on you, we’d love to hear it.
You in a Song
Wouldn’t it be great to have a theme song for yourself? One that would be played as though you were in a movie? Here in our office, we’ve been asking each other what a song about them would sound like, and what lyrics it would contain. Now, we want to issue the same question to you. If someone wrote a song about you, what would the lyrics be?
Super Sassy Bios
One of the most challenging assignments can be to write a biography for yourself. No matter how short the requirement, the task can be daunting. While perusing blogs, we’ve spied some really clever bios, some so unique that we can’t help but feel we know that blogger. In 30 words or less, what can you say about yourself? Don’t be boring and follow the usual format. Make it fun and attention-grabbing.
Bella Grace is released on a quarterly basis, every March, June, September, and December. Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis, but submissions for specific issues must be received on or before these deadlines:
All digital submissions should be sent to [email protected].
Please note that if accepted for publication, photographs will need to be hi-res images (300 dpi, at least 6” x 6”). It is imperative that they are saved in the proper manner in order for our graphic designers to work with them. If you use a digital camera, check your settings before taking photos to ensure you are saving the best quality images possible. If you cannot provide a large enough photo, we may not be able to publish it, no matter how much we like it. You may also send a CD with your high-resolution images or narratives to:
Stampington & Company
Editor, Bella Grace
22992 Mill Creek Drive
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
With all submissions, please include your name and mailing address. We need your mailing address so that we can send you a complimentary issue of the magazine in which your submission is published. Failure to follow all submission requirements may result in your work not being considered.
Sometimes, something submitted for one issue may be better suited for an upcoming issue. Other times, submissions are forwarded for consideration to the editors of our sister publications. For these reasons we may hold your sample for an extended period of time and 9–12 months is common. In the meantime, if you move, please send a postcard or email to the editor with your new address.
All samples, queries, and correspondence should be sent to the Editor, Bella Grace, 22992 Mill Creek Dr., Laguna Hills, CA 92653. The editor also welcomes brief email queries: [email protected]. No telephone calls, please.
Stampington & Company only accepts original submissions for publication consideration. All images used in submissions must be copyright free. Any techniques featured in submissions that are not the writer or photographer’s own must be attributed to the proper instructor, book, artist, workshop, etc. It is the responsibility of the submitting party to ensure that no copyright infringement has occurred and that all work is their own.
We also will not accept simultaneous submissions. While your work is under consideration we ask that you do not submit the same idea to competing online or print publishers. Likewise, stories or photographs that have already been featured in other competing publications or sites will not be accepted. Publishing on your personal blog is permitted, but we ask that you adhere to our reproduction guidelines. Any questions can be directed to our editorial staff.