MAKE is written by makers like you. We publish four types of content: Projects, Features, Reviews, and Everything Else. (If you have an idea for something that doesn’t fit in one of the first three areas but still fits in with what we do, we’d like to hear about it, too — hence the Everything Else category.)
If you’ve made something cool (or have come up with a cool hack or tweak for something) and want to show other people how to make one, we’d like to publish it. (Note: We’re interested in hearing about things you’ve already made, not things you are just thinking about making.)
The best way to submit a project to us is to document it on Make: Projects. You can get started with the “Get Started” button up top. To learn how to enter your project, watch the video on the Get Started page and read the nicely recursive “Enter a Project on Make Projects” project.
The more you can document your project, the better. But for submission purposes, if you don’t think your documentation is ready for prime time, you can keep its visibility setting at “My team” to designate it as Private (instead of publishing it to “Everyone” as Public) and flag it as “In Progress.” That way, only we will be able to see it (unless you distribute its URL yourself).
Note that the Make: Projects platform is still in beta, and we would appreciate any feedback you have on it. You can also use our old Story Idea Submission form to submit project ideas, but we prefer Make: Projects.
Remember this when you are writing for MAKE: you’re the readers’ coach. Think of your reader as a smart person who doesn’t necessarily know what you know. Imagine the questions he or she might have about your project. Explain everything they need to know to recreate the thing you’re writing about, just like you would explain it to a friend in a conversation. Describe difficulties you encountered, and suggest workarounds.
For your project’s Introduction, explain the story behind it, where your initial inspiration came from and how it developed.
Take digital photos of each step along the way. Photos should be at least 2 megapixels.
If your project has parts that are better explained or delivered via media other than a print magazine, that’s no problem. We can run your article and point to PDFs, code, software, audio, video, photos, etc. on Make: Projects.
Is there some gadget, tool, website, newsletter, instructional video, book, magazine, or instrument you already own and love? Then send your review to “Toolbox,” Make’s recommendation section, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reviews should be 50 – 250 words, and be written in the first person. Think more “recommendation” and “experience” when you write these than “review.” We want to hear about your involvement with it.
The old Whole Earth Review guidelines for reviews went like this: “Write your review. Then write us a letter explaining why we should devote space to your item. Throw away your review and send us the letter.” That’s the way to do it.
If you have an idea for a review you want to write, you can also email email@example.com.
We have several sections with articles about interesting things made by people or groups of people. “Made on Earth” is a section with large photos of projects and their makers, along with 200-word stories about them. “Maker” is a longer profile of a dedicated maker-of-cool-things. And we also have 600- to 1,000-word articles about groups, companies, clubs, and technologies relating to DIY projects. To pitch a feature article idea, use our Story Idea Submission form.
Do you have an idea involving DIY technology, but doesn’t fit in any of the above categories? Is it interesting? Let us know about it. Tell us about the time your dad made a homebrew computer based on the Apple II schematic. Tell us the funny story about the motorized surfboard you made. What’s the strangest experience you’ve had making something? If it’s surprising or funny, we’ll run it.
Issue Themes, 2013
Each issue of MAKE has a 30-page (approx.) special section that contains projects and articles unified under a single theme. Past themes have included Robots, 3D Fabrication, Microcontrollers, Music, Rockets, Wheels, Fringe, Space, and Biology. When we are figuring out our publishing lineup, we are especially interested in articles in these theme areas, but most of our articles are not theme-related, so don’t let the themes limit you; we are always interested in any and all other kinds of fun projects.
That said, here are our themes for 2013. For all of them, we would like relevant pitches about 6 months before the publication dates listed. Note that these are subject to change, especially the later ones:
- MAKE Volume 35 (Jul. 2013) – Playing with Fire
- MAKE Volume 36 (Oct. 2013) – Boards & Microcontrollers
Start clearing off your workbench!