Share your talents with the Community!

In an initiative to encourage self-expression and to shine a light on our local artists and photographers, the Chelsea District Library will be showcasing the community’s artistic talents on the cover of its quarterly print newsletter. Each quarter we will looking for submissions of authentic, high quality digital images created by residents of the greater Chelsea Area. Everyone is encourage to participate, including students, budding artists, and weekend photographers. Digital images of acceptable artwork types include: sculptures, paintings, digital artwork, murals, or photography. The Library Director will determine which submissions are acceptable for newsletter covers.

 Recent Publications

Spring 2017
Richard Stratman, Photographer

Image of CDL Summer 2017 Newsletter Cover

Summer 2017
Joan Kimball, Photographer

image of 2017 Fall Newsletter Cover

Fall 2017
Lindsey Dahl, Artist

Newsletter Cover Submission Guidelines

Technical Guidelines

Submissions must meet the following requirements in order to be considered.

  • Digital image size must be at least – 9.5” x 12” at 300dpi OR 2850 x 3600 pixels
  • Color or B/W images are acceptable
  • MUST be in portrait orientation
  • Acceptable formats are: JPEG or TIF

Submitting Images

When selecting an image to submit, please consider the quarter in which the publication will be printed, (e.g. Don’t send a winter image for a summer publication.) Send digital images to Please limit your submission to 5 digital images per quarter. If you are submitting several images, we suggest using a file sharing service such as Dropbox or Google Drive. You can also mail or drop off a CD, DVD or flash drive to Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main Street, Chelsea, MI 48118, Attn: Newsletter Image Submission. Disks or drives given to CDL for consideration will not be returned.

Model/Artwork Releases

Artists must have and keep releases for artwork and/or all recognizable people in their image (signed by all the adults who appear in the photo and by the parents or legal guardians of the all the children photographed) and be willing to submit copies if their image is chosen for our newsletter.

Digital Image license Agreement

Artists must sign a Digital Image License Agreement if their image is chosen for a CDL newsletter. This agreement verifies that you own the image and that you have the proper model and artwork releases (referenced above) and that you grant usage rights of the image free of charge. Although artists retain copyright, by submitting digital images to Chelsea District Library (CDL), artists are granting CDL the right to use the image in current and subsequent printings of the newsletter in which they appear, whether in print or digital format.


Credit will be given in artist’s name only – business names will not be listed. Should the photographer of the work be a separate individual, credit will be given in the photographer’s name as well – business names will not be listed. Credit will appear in the newsletter in which the image appears and where feasible for other uses.

Submission Deadlines

  • Spring Edition (March, April, May) – Due by December 25
  • Summer Edition (June, July, August) – Due by March 25
  • Fall Edition (September, October, November) – Due by June 25
  • Winter Edition (December, January, February) – Due by September 25

Questions? Contact Patty Roberts at OR 734.475.8732 x216.