Call for Submissions

Applications are now open for our Zine About Zines in celebration of International Zine Month 2021!

We LOVE zines and we’re pretty sure you like them too! Tell us all about your love for zines! How did you get started in zine-making? What do zines mean to you? Tell us all about your zine experiences! What’s your favourite zine fair? Share a review of your favourite zine with us! How do you make your zines? Tell us about the history of zines! Share an excerpt of your zine with us! Who do you admire in the zine community? How did you discover zines? Share your collection with us! Why do you make zines? Let’s celebrate the wonderful world of zines together!

We are looking for: articles, illustrations, short stories, zine excerpts, photography, poetry, artwork of any medium, adverts, posters, flyers, short essays, recipes, comic-strips, reviews, collage, and anything else you can put your imagination to. 

The finished zine will be A5 in size and printed in full colour.

Send us your submissions by filling in this Google form.

The deadline is midnight BST on Friday 16th July 2021.

If you have any questions please email us at coinoperatedpress@gmail.com


FAQs

Q: What is a zine?
A:
A zine is a booklet-style artwork that you make yourself, and give away, swap, or sell for the cost of printing.

Q: What can I submit?
A: We are looking for articles, illustrations, short stories, photography, poetry, artwork of any medium, short essays, comics, recipes, collage, and anything else that will fit into a zine! We are open to all styles and abilities, and we can offer help and advice where needed. Please see the callout above for more information on our current submission theme.

Q: How much work can I submit?
A: You can make multiple submissions, but please only submit work that will fit on 1-2 A4 pages. If you have work that is longer/larger than this, please send us an inquiry email, as we would like to be open to including longer formats.

Q: How do I submit?
A: Please fill in the form attached to the callout above. If your files are too large for the form, please use www.wetransfer.com but please let us know in the form that you are sending files to us, and be share to label them with the name you used in your submission.

Q: What do I need to send you?
A: Please send us the following details along with your submission:

  • The name/credit you would like printed in the zine.
  • Your pronouns.
  • The city and/or country that you live in.
  • Your contact details that you would like printed in the zine.
  • A short one-sentence bio.
  • A profile photo or image that we may use in your bio.
  • Title of your work.
  • A short description of your work and how it fits with the theme.

If you wish to remain anonymous, please let us know in your submission form. Pseudonyms are also welcome.

Q: What format will the zine be available in?
A: These zines are available in print format only. They will be printed as A5 zines in full colour, and the poetry zines are printed as A6 zines in full colour (unless otherwise stated in our callout).

Q: Will I receive a copy of the zine?
A: Contributors will receive a digital PDF copy of the zine and a 20% off discount code for their copy of the printed zine. *Please note* for the Artificial Womb/Coin-Operated Press collaboration, contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the printed zine, make sure to pop your address in the form so we are able to post out your copy of the zine.

Q: Do I retain ownership of my work if it appears in the zine?
A: Yes, you retain ownership of your work. You will be credited with your chosen name on the page with your work, and you will have a short biography, with any contact details you would like to share in our bio section.

Q: How can I help get this zine out into the world?
A: Make sure to follow all of the Coin-Operated Press socials @CoinOpPress so you do not miss our updates, and share our posts about the zine with your friends, family, and audience. Every share counts! And we really appreciate your support.

Q: I have read the FAQ, but I still have questions?
A: Our inbox is always open, please email us at coinoperatedpress@gmail.com with your queries.

Please note: we will not accept work that is racist, sexist, misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or features discrimination of any kind.