Motherlands is a new independent arts zine for artists and writers of colour and will explore themes of dual identities, belonging and the nature and notion of home. Issue one which will be released in print in early November. If you’d like to find out more or get involved in some other way, then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rather than set deadlines, submissions will always be open on a rolling basis.
While Motherlands will only be available in print, it will be free (though donations are always welcome) and they’ll be sending it out across the country and beyond to anyone who’s interested so they can pass it along. issues will be released every 1-2 months until their pocket money runs out.
Motherlands was born out of a desire to discover, hear, see and showcase young and emerging artists born in Britain though not of “British” heritage and will explore themes including dual identity, the notion and nature of ‘home’, nationalism and belonging. The zine will also be a platform to showcase emerging international artists outside of Britain and those from various diasporas because at the heart of Motherlands is the need to move against the continued under-representation of artists of colour who are automatically categorised as other and marginalised.
"If we don’t write ourselves into the future, we get written out of tomorrow as well." - Gabriel Teodros
Motherlands is looking for emerging photographers and artists to include in volume 1 of the printed zine:
We are looking for work that is strong and engaging; while the over-running themes of the zine are personal identity, home, belonging and nationalism, submissions need not be limited to these. We are simply looking for interesting work that deserves to be seen.
Please submit by sending 2-5 jpeg files along with your name, a link to your website (if applicable) and a short artist’s bio/statement to email@example.com
Alongside visual artists we would like to hear from writers, essayists and poets to contribute written work for the zine. You don’t have to be a ‘professional’ just someone who has something to say and would like a space to be heard. If this sounds like you then please send an example of your writing or a piece you would like to be included to firstname.lastname@example.org
Motherlands is edited by Camara.
h/t Rayanne Bushell
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POCZP hopes you had a great summer! We’ve been working on ways to remain sustainable in the long term while individually practicing #selfcare. In the meantime, you can support the cause by sending us a gift of any amount. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.
If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goals for 2015.
DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh
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There are just two weeks left to get your queer muslim love story into volume three of the Totally Radical Muslim Zine!See call below, spread the word and get in touch if you need an extension on the deadline.xx,
a TRMFINAL CALL OUT!Totally Radical Muslims Volume 3 – Call for Submissions!
Hubb: Queer Muslim Love Stories
For volume three of the Totally Radical Muslim Zine, we’re exploring love, lust, trust and vulnerability.
The Totally Radical Muslim Zine is about telling our stories and reclaiming our truths. This project is about resisting Islamophobia, homophobia, imperialism and so many more systems of oppression, and we’re tackling that racist bullshit, one love story at a time! By telling our stories, with all their edges, contradictions, beauties and gems – we are taking back the power to create our narratives and imagine another present, and another history.
For Volume 3, we are seeking submissions that share experiences on: falling in love, falling out of love, finding queer love, feeling loved by family, erotica, heartache, loneliness, critical thoughts on relationships, friendship, platonic love, and stories on self-love.
Tell us about the ways you’ve opened and closed your heart. Count the times you’ve heard it break. Describe the love you’ve asked for, prayed for, waited for, cherished, embraced, feared, denied, chased, flirted with or fled. Name the feelings that visit you by night. Send us your love letters. Talk dirty to us.
Submission invited from all self-identified Muslims – queer, trans, straight, questioning, and more… We especially welcome submissions from voices often left out of Muslim discourse: queer and trans, black, youth, disabled, Shia, Ahmadi, poor, working class, folks incarcerated and recently released.
Formats: written, drawing, photography, video.
Deadline: Thursday May 1, 2014 (goal is to print for the Hot Summer of 2014).
Send submissions to
email@example.com or mail to
P.O. Box 29843 Oakland CA 94604
More Info at www.TotallyRadicalMuslims.com
Expectations we have and values we want upheld in submissions:
- intersectional and anti-oppression lens (this is not the time to play oppression olympics, folks)
- speak your truths, take care of your safety, be creative (pseudo names are useful, if needed)
- work towards community building and breaking isolation
- our stories are penned within a context of islamophobia - air your laundry, and be mindful of how the piece will be read
- islamophobia falls within a continuum of oppression, honor the histories of other oppressed peoples
We do not edit your work. This is our commitment to honoring individual voice and storytelling. We are however, discerning in maintaining a political frame and may decide that your piece does not fit within our projects vision and intent.
* all submissions must be UNDER 800 words
* blog posts can be audio/video files (talk to us about your idea before submitting)
Can’t wait to add this to the archive!
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If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our goals for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your gift. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.
We are rebooting our org structure and operations in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.
DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh
POCZP featured Skinned Heart back in 2012 and added it to the archive. We are thrilled to learn that another POC-run distro has emerged (check out People of the Sun Distro and SlushPilePress as well). We look forward to exploring ways to support Nyky’s efforts <3
After many years of writing a zine, buying zines, trading zines and observing zine culture I have decided to start a zine distro! Recently I was browsing distros all over the internet looking for zines pertaining to Women of Color and found that we are seriously under represented in many of the zine distros despite the fact that there are enough zines created by women of color and gender-marginalized POC to present in zine distros. I was frustrated about going through pages and pages of catalogs of zines and finding only a handful of zine, most of which I had. I went through my zines and found so many zines written by POC that were not being distributed.
After being frustrated about this I decided I wanted to create a distro dedicated to our struggles, our projects, our zines. Zine culture is not white culture. D.I.Y. culture is not white culture. Punk is not inherently white culture. So in the spirit of resistance, in the spirit of visibility and in the spirit of celebrating our cultures and intersectionality: Brown Recluse Zine Distro.
Currently I am looking for zines written by POC from all walks of life and gender identities and expressions. I am looking for personal zines, political zines, punk zines, sex worker zines, zines about gender and feminism (No 101 zines plz), zines about racism and self determination, anti oppression, zines written by Indigenous and First Nations people , sobriety and harm reduction (no hateful content towards substance users), traveling zines and zines about self-care and accountability. I will not be carrying art or poetry zines. I may eventually carry zines written by white folks, but I ask that white folks not submit their zines as I will contact people with zines that I am interested in.
Please send me links to zines that you think that I should carry. Please do not send me PDF’s or links to zines available only online. Send me a quick note about yourself and your wholesale price (50% of retail price).
Please send your zine submissions to:
PO BOX 80582
Seattle, WA 98108
Besos y Abrazos,
COMMUNITY: Do you know of other POC run/created distros (past and emerging)? PLEASE send info to firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to share an ongoing collaborative list online so that folks can easily access this information. Thanks. xo PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST.
Editor’s Note: A Community Submission OR Call for Submissions post is usually from POC folk submitting their own zine or zine call to be featured by POCZP. If you would like to share your zine with the POC Zine Project community, here’s how to do it.
When you submit your zine, feel free to add some background, a description of your work and art and your mission statement. If you just send us the name of your zine, we’ll simply link back to a source for purchasing it and use the language you already have on your site.
Please make sure to include pertinent info for CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: deadline, submission info/email/tumblr, related links, your own bio, etc.
As long as the zine was created/co-created by a person of color, we will always share Community Submissions. Enjoy!
POCZP also accepts anonymous submissions and zine donations from POC. Click here for submission guidelines.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: ‘nin,’ a new journal of erotic poetics devoted to exploring sex and the body through language
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 1, 2013
RELEASE DATE: September 2013
From nin's Tumblr:
welcome to nin, a journal of erotic poetics devoted to exploring sex and the body through language.
nin is currently accepting submissions for its inaugural issue in september 2013. please click on the SUBMIT tab for instructions on how to send us your work. submissions close august 1.
nin will appear in both print and digital formats. for more information about the journal and the motivations behind it, please click on the ABOUT tab.
check back here often for inspiration of the erotic (and nsfw) kind. nin’s primary goal is not to titillate, but if it is provocative and well written/produced, this is a common side effect. this does not mean that we overlook the raunchy. in fact, it might be our favorite.
finally, nin is run by queers, and is devoted to representing all sexualities, gender expressions and ethnicities in our publication. you are encouraged to submit if you are non-native, gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer, genderqueer, transgender and/or a person of color.
we look forward to receiving your work.
COMMUNITY: We encourage people of color of all backgrounds to submit to nin and other publications, as we need more records of more expressions of sexuality and gender from POC around the world—in OUR voices. xo
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: ZINE ABOUT SINGAPOREAN CREATIVES LIVING OVERSEAS
From Eden Nova:
After receiving a message from a friend of mine who’s also based in North America and also an artist, I’ve realized that there seems to be elements of a shared experience to being a Singaporean living overseas engaged in creative work. So, naturally, I decided it would be awesome to make a zine project out of this!
I’ve been living in New York City for almost three years now and have had to make so many difficult adjustments. Spending your entire life being raised in a corporate state where you lack the basic rights to freedom of expression and assembly and then suddenly gaining these rights almost overnight is kind of a trip. For me, my entire worldview and self-perception have changed. It’s been a very difficult but mind-expanding couple of years.
I’ve wanted to share some of my experiences because, when I lived in Singapore, I didn’t have any friends who’d done anything similar and who talked about how they changed. I feel like collecting these stories might be an excellent resource for those still living in Singapore and who might want to leave as well as those who’ve already made the move but feel alone in societies where most people have never really had to live without the right to free expression. This zine also might be interesting to others who aren’t specifically Singaporean, but who’ve had to navigate similar issues.
I’m particularly interested in focussing on Singapore-born and raised people who’ve moved to Western democracies: How has your creative practice changed? How did your worldview change? How do you see yourself now? What kind of personal work are you engaged in to change old habits and coping mechanisms that worked well in Singaporean society but not anymore?
Please send contributions (words and/or images) or questions to email@example.com. (And you can view my other zines here.)
ABOUT EDEN NOVA, ARTIST
I was born and raised in Singapore - an Orwellian island nation in Southeast Asia, where individuality and looking within are strictly prohibited. From my two-and-a-half decades spent there, I learned from firsthand experience and observation about the cultural mechanisms of control and manipulation through violence (physical, spiritual and emotional) that industrial civilization enacts upon humanity, rewarding our worst traits while destroying our best ones.
I came to New York City in 2010 to realize that most of what I observed and experienced in Singapore were global problems: problems of dominator culture that exist in American society and every other society I have visited. I am, however, incredibly grateful for the freedom of expression that I now enjoy in the United States and I have been hugely inspired by the rebellious, beautiful and free creative spirits I’ve encountered here.
As a species, I think many of us very much have it in us to move past our destructive adolescence and understand once more that we are part of a community of life. With my work, I hope to explore, experience and enact this understanding with others. And to muster up the strength and community necessary to get dominator culture to fuck off and stop bothering the rest of us, once and for all.
I am moved by the hidden power of the life principle, love, the wisdom of pain, our allies in the natural world and the oceanic complexity of the unconscious, dreaming mind.
Editor’s Note: We accept all calls for submissions from folks who identify as POC or (as white folks) have demonstrated that they are trustworthy allies through their ongoing efforts to empower POC. We do not review or accept calls for submissions from white folks who solely want to exploit this platform to gain a larger audience. Thanks.