Submit to TCB's
2022 Gift Guide!

About the Call:

The Creative Bones is seeking artists in any medium to feature in a print and digital gift guide for the 2022 holiday season. Each artist may submit different art, writings, or photos up to 3 times. If selected for the guide, TCB will follow up with each artist individually via email for high resolution print photos (at least 300 dpi) and additional photos or information if necessary.


The theme of the holiday gift guide is "Making Art For Gifting: Holidays From The Creative's Perspective". What we want to feature is how the holidays go for you as an artist. What is it like to have your art purchased and given to a friend? How do you feel when you see your art cherished and loved? What does it mean to you when you see customers shop small and support your dreams, sharing them with those in their life?

Alternatively, we are looking for poetry, humorous stories, and opinion pieces on what creating during a busy consumer time looks like. Do you have any horror stories with the post? A package mix-up and hunt down? Have you had a breakdown over the pressure to make ornaments? We would love to hear about your experience as a creator navigating creating art for others (and a lot of it!).

Specific Submissions:

You can submit your art to a specific section of the gift guide if you feel it would do best there. Some of our gift guide categories are:

- Long-form Story (two page spreads)
- Rainbow Roundup (gifts celebrating color)
- Art under $25
- All the Ornaments
- Holiday Haiku's 
- Discover Small Businesses (short bio, featured photo)

Submission Requirements:

  • All submitted art must be yours and of your own original creation.
  • Submissions must include pricing (if sending specific product for consideration)
  • All photos of art must be cropped to feature only artwork unless your work is 3D (such as a ceramics or jewelry). Blurry, grainy, or poorly lit photos included in submissions will not be considered.
  • Any submitted information will be printed exactly as it is written.
  • Photos must be 300 dpi or higher for print. High resolution photos will be requested if your submission has been selected for the guide.
  • If you do not have a specific product you'd like to submit to the guide, you can submit your business with a featured photo for the DSB section.

Submission Deadlines:

All submissions must be received by October, 22nd 2022 11:59 pm or they will not be considered. Selected artists will be notified by October 31st, if additional information is needed, it must be sent no later than November 7th 2022 or your submission may not be included in the gift guide.

Digital versions of the gift guide will be available for free on TCB, print versions will be available for a small fee.