past zine themes
To keep our submissions inbox manageable, themes will be announced three months at a time. Check back in a few months for updates on what we're looking to publish in future months. Or, receive announcements and updates by following us on Twitter.
January 2018 | RENEWAL & NEW BEGINNINGS
A new year, a new start. Or, is it more of the same? Do time markers, like calendars, hold spiritual, magical or mystical powers? Can the start of a new year really foster a new beginning, despite the seeds planted of yesteryear? A beginning cannot happen without something, first, having come to an end. What influence does an ending have on a beginning? Is there such a thing as a clean slate? Humans begin dying immediately after they take their first newborn breaths. Yet, humans cling to the idea of rebirths and new beginnings, whether through religious or spiritual practices or via mundane activities such as moving into a new space. What does rebirth mean to you? What are your experiences with endings, renewal, or new beginnings? Submit by December 25th!
February 2018 | LOVE & HATE
Let's face it: Cupid is a bow-and-arrow-totin' baby with wings, hell-bent on stabbing people in a vital organ. But before Cupid became an international symbol of courtly love (because violence is sexy?), there was Greek god, Eros, who ran around shooting people in the heart with arrows of gold (for love) or lead (for hate). Add in the Catholic St. Valentine, who faced religious persecution and was ordered beaten and beheaded by Roman Emperor Claudius II, it's no wonder humans struggle in matters of the heart. Of course, love and hate aren't limited to romantic relationships -- and neither is violence. So, give us your best written pieces or images on love and/or hate, gold and/or lead, bows and/or arrows, St. Valentine, St. Valentine's Day, feuds and rivalries in any context (for inspiration, see: St. Valentine Day Massacre). AlthoughRoses are red, violets are blue ... poems aren't right for this zine, we certainly aren't averse to beautiful expressions of love, whether for a romantic partner, parent, child, sibling, animal, etc. Submit by January 25th!
March 2018 | BAGGAGE & OLD THINGS
March 2 is Old Stuff Day, described as an opportunity to identify and change the ruts and routines that keep us stagnant. But, going deeper, "old stuff" can do a lot more than create stagnation. "Old stuff" can be responsible for forever altering the course of our lives, through grief of the loss of a loved one or traumatic events that created long-lasting physical, mental, emotional, or psychic injuries. Some "old stuff" we can toss out like a bag of old clothes headed to Goodwill, but other "old stuff" we cannot shake off so easily. In some circumstances, people must make space for the "old stuff" and find creative ways to peacefully coexist. Tell us about your baggage and "old stuff," whether figurative or literal. For the literal: Do you have old objects that hold emotional significance for you? Have you had objects of emotional significance stripped from your life? What is the impact of keeping these objects in your life? How have you been affected by the loss of meaningful objects from your life? Or, for any interpretation: Is stuff just stuff?Submit by February 28!
April 2018 | SECRETS & LIES
May 2018 | MOTHERS
SUMMER 2018 | INDEPENDENT/OTHER: Whether the July 4th birth of the republic, the adolescent emancipation from toxic parents, escape from an abusive partner or surrender from the baggage of the past, independence is a theme of the human condition. Sometimes it manifests in the realm of the political, while at other times it is centered on the deeply personal. But the time-defying truth remains: Humans want to be free. PLUS: No being decides their birth, or the human form they will take. Yet, despite this lack of control over factors of creation, people experience earthly misery as a result of being born "different." For many, simply living is an act of defiance. So, if you consider yourself to be "other" than the narrow confines of "normalcy," especially if you identify as a member of a group that has faced historic discrimination, inequality or oppression, please let us here from you! We want to share with the world the experiences of the "other," in whatever forms they happen to take. People who identify as differently-abled, LGBTQ+, POC, mentally ill, trauma survivor, foster kid, adopted, orphan or homeless are especially encouraged to submit.
SEPTEMBER 2018 | LABOR: In much of the world, labor is no party. It is a barely survivable construct that has even the most educated and skilled humans toiling long hours for low wages, with big salaries reserved for the 1% who've hijacked the executive suites. These divisions are usually along the lines of gender and skin color, with some of the most talented and educated among us, like academics, paid well below minimum wage in adjunct professor roles. Meanwhile, other citizens perform slave labor from behind the bars of the prison industrial complex -- tossed pennies per hour while enriching corporations. Uber and Lyft have driven taxi drivers out of business and to suicide, while iPhone factory workers have escaped near 24-hour workdays by jumping to their deaths. And others, still, must wade through the hellish workplace conditions, like harassment, discrimination and other forms of abuse. In all off the statistics, personal stories abound, and we'd like to read/view yours. Whether sad or infuriating or heartbreaking or tragic, share your poems, essays, short stories and art of work/labor. Uplifting, happy stories of work are welcome, too, especially if they involve exciting themes like criminality, falling in love or lurid affairs. Deadline for submission: September 15.
OCTOBER 2018 | CHANGE & TRANSFORMATION:
excerpt from "The Space Between Kisses" by Tamryn Spruill, from her poetry collection The Opposite of Robots:
I study the mechanics of loss.
Decrescendo in a minor key, the
soundtrack to my numbness bursting.
A pimple squeezed
violently between the
fingertips of a teen –
the pressure of change.
Any writings or images on change or transformation -- birth or aging or dying, doing or undoing, or any interpretation in between -- will do for this one.
Submission deadline: October 21
NOVEMBER 2018 | REAL AMERICAN VALUES: What does it mean to be an American in 2018? What do we stand for as a nation, and as individuals, in this time of great division and moral decay? Is the current state of the country the inevitable outcome of a country founded on genocide, slavery and theft? And is the nation past the point of repair? Is present-day America a simple reckoning with the fact that the myth of America does not live up to the reality?
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