Call for Submissions

Applications are now open for our zine celebrating Scottish Poetry!

Grab your pens, laptops, typewriters, or ink and quill and get writing your best impression of Rabbie Burns, or an ode to a deep-fried mars bar, or a haiku about that time you stepped on a thistle, a heartfelt sonnet about your first time catching the wild haggis, or a stanza or two about the state of Scottish politics, or everything and anything else in-between!

Please note this callout is for folks identifying as Scottish or those that have a connection to Scotland.

We are looking for poetry in any medium, and while the theme is open to interpretation, we ask that you or the poem has at least a tenuous connection to Scotland! We would also like to welcome visual artwork that has a connection to Scotland to illustrate the poetry.

Be sure to 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.
  • Any contact details that you would like printed in the zine.
  • A short one-sentence bio.
  • A profile photo or image for your bio.
  • Title of your work, and a short description of how it fits with the theme.

If you wish to remain anonymous, that is absolutely fine – just be sure to let us know when you submit your piece.

The deadline is midnight BST on 22nd January.
Please send submissions to 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 page 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 email your work to coinoperatedpress@gmail.com If your files are too large for email, please use www.wetransfer.com but please let us know in an email that you are sending files to us.

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 for 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 email.

Q: What format will the zine be available?
A: These zines are available as digital PDF download, and in print. They will be printed as A5 zines in full colour.

Q: Will I receive a copy of the zine?
A: You will receive a copy of the digital PDF, and a discount code for the printed 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 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, ableist, or features discrimination of any kind.