Call for pitches for THE END issue!

static zine the end

Dearest friends, we have some news. The time has come for us to close the book on Static Zine. The 15th issue will be our last, appropriately themed ‘The End.’ We hope you’ll join us on the pages!

Before we get to the call for pitches, we want to say a few things about our love for Static.

We started this project in 2011, not really sure what we were doing or where we would go with it, but over the years we refined and found our niche. All of it has been so much fun. We’ve met SO many amazing people along the way and were thrilled to be able to spread their art worldwide. And since then, the three of us have become best friends. Nothing has or will change that, but we are each in very different places in our lives than we were in 2011. We feel that we can no longer run Static with the same energy and strength as we used to, so would prefer to go out on our own terms.

We’ve been able to visit other cities with the zine and sell online to people all over. We’ve thrown concerts, parties, a comedy show, a scavenger hunt, and yard sales. We’ve partnered with NxNE and Camp Wavelength, and once even stayed up real late on a 24-hour zine project at Luminato. We made friends with the sweet ladies at the copy place. We started writing about music (years ago, please stop emailing us pitches) and Toronto, and moved on to tackling issues such as mental health, food, bodies, love, sex, travel, the future, and public space. We’ve cut and pasted pages and given ourselves paper cuts. We’ve eaten a lot of snacks during production. We have brought our friends together and made new friends.

We will be debuting this issue at Canzine in Toronto on October 21st, along with a ‘Best of Static Zine’ issue. We will have many back issues for sale. We will continue to sell our zines until they run out on our Etsy shop, Static Cloud. If anyone is interested in distroing, please get in touch.

If you want to keep tabs on us goofy editors, you can follow Jessica, Melody, and Aviva on Twitter.

Thank you for everything <333

OK NOW here are the details to submit your pitches to our LAST ISSUE! If you’ve ever wanted to contribute, now is the time!

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We are looking for pitches of writing and illustrations or any way you can design a page. Submissions come after the pitches.

You can make your page about anything that has to do with “The End,” in any direction you choose. The direction for your page is all yours. Go as dark or as light as you wish. ”The End” doesn’t have to be morbid! (Though if that’s what you want to do, go for it.) We welcome interpretations of concepts such as the dissolution of a relationship, the waning hours of a wild night out, finally graduating from school, or crossing a personal finish line of some sort. The direction of your page is all yours.

We want this issue to be an inclusive safe space. We do not accept language or art that excludes others or understandings. Static Zine retains the right to refuse a pitch to this issue if it is deemed inappropriate.

Please let us know if you have any questions on the theme.

If you are interested in contributing to this issue, please read the following carefully.

What we’re looking for: Right now, all you have to do is submit what you’d like to make a page about regarding the theme. An idea for something serious, witty, funny, angry, sad, opinionated, you name it. You can come at the idea through any kind of word or art interpretation. Anything that works printed on a sheet of paper. Common uses in our zine include personal stories, fiction, illustration, photo collages, game designs, comics, doodles, etc. Feel free to combine!

What to do right now: Email us at info@staticzine.com explaining what you would like to make a page on and how you plan to do it. We will get back to you *after* the deadline to discuss it.

Deadline: Friday, September 15, 2017. Submissions will then be due by Monday, October 2, 2017 *at the absolute latest*. We have low tolerance for late submissions, and it takes us time to put everything together and get printed, so please take this seriously.

Artists: We are also looking for someone to illustrate the cover. If you have a great idea that conveys THE END, get at us!

Other important information for when you’ll submit after pitches:

  • “One zine page” = 5.5 x 8.5 inches. AKA if you folded a standard printer sheet of paper in half like a book.
  • Your page *must* be vertical.
  • Word count usually amounts to a couple hundred words, depending on size of font. Please no Word docs that are pages long.
  • We accept photoshop, in design, jpgs, pdfs. Resolution 300.
  • We print in black and white.
  • If you are including photos, try not to keep them too contrasty, as they don’t photocopy as well.
  • Please take a look at our previous issues to see our style.

Thank you & we can’t wait to see your ideas!

Seriously, please don’t hesitate to ask us any questions!

And THANK YOU WE LOVE YOU.

xo,

Static editors Jessica, Melody & Aviva

Call for pitches: Issue 14 – SEX!

static zine issue 14 pitches

We think it’s pretty fitting to follow our love issue with a sex issue! Our most R-rated zine will be out just in time for Canzine on October 26. Time to get down and dirty on the pages!

We are looking for pitches of writing and illustrations or any way you can design a page.

You can make your page about anything that has to do with sex, in any direction you choose. You could draw a cartoon about an awkward moment. You could write a poem about love making. You could revisit memories, or shed some light on issues in society, or share the kinds of sex toys you love to use. Your page could be light or dark in tone, we love both. You could write about rape culture, illustrate the kinds of emotions you feel relating to sex, or write a public letter to a long lost lover. You could do a collage of meticulously positioned cut outs, pose for a picture or write about your sexual identity. What comes to mind when you think of “sex”? The direction for your page is all yours.

We want this issue to be an inclusive safe space that discusses all shapes, sizes, racial identities, strengths, forms, genders, non-binary identities, and dis/abilities. We especially encourage and welcome stories of vulnerability, struggles, encounters with ableism, racism, sexism, misgendering, paths to acceptance and confidence, injuries, etc. We do not accept language or art that excludes others or understandings. Static Zine retains the right to refuse a pitch to this issue if it is deemed inappropriate.

Please let us know if you have any questions on the theme.

If you are interested in contributing to this issue, please read the following carefully.

What we’re looking for: Right now, all you have to do is submit what you’d like to make a page about regarding the theme. An idea for something serious, witty, funny, angry, sad, opinionated, you name it. You can come at the idea through any kind of word or art interpretation. Anything that works printed on a sheet of paper. Common uses in our zine include personal stories, fiction, illustration, photo collages, game designs, comics, doodles, etc. Feel free to combine!

What to do right now: Email us at info@staticzine.com explaining what you would like to make a page on and how you plan to do it. We will get back to you *after* the deadline to discuss it.

Deadline: Monday, September 19, 2016. Submissions will then be due by Friday, October 7, 2016 *at the absolute latest*. We have low tolerance for late submissions, and it takes us time to put everything together and get printed, so please take this seriously.

Artists: We are also looking for someone to illustrate the cover. If you have a great idea that conveys love, get at us!

Other important information:

  • “One zine page” = 5.5 x 8.5 inches.
  • Your page *must* be vertical.
  • If you would like to make it on your own:
  • *Send us a photoshop or jpeg file. Resolution 300.
  • *You can drop off a physical copy at our HQ in Toronto, but please make sure you keep your work a few centimetres from the borders of the paper, so nothing gets cut off. Although we may end up scanning it and reprinting it if we need to. If you’ve previously submitted your page to HQ, please note that it’s moved!
  • We print in black and white.
  • If you are including photos, try not to keep them too contrasty, as they don’t photocopy as well.
  • Please take a look at our previous issues to see our style.

Thank you & we can’t wait to see your ideas!

Seriously, please don’t hesitate to ask us any questions!

xo,
Static editors Jessica, Melody & Aviva

Check out the Love issue!

static zine love issue

Covers by Fabrizia Ausiello

The love issue – #13 – is out this Sunday!

We’ll be celebrating the release at the Handlebar with local bands Omhouse, Pins & Needles, Girl on Girl and Dott. RSVP on the Facebook event if you’re coming!

You can get the issue for free at the event and around some select locations in the city over the next few weeks, but keep an eye out on our Etsy page if you want to order. They’re only $2!

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s inside the issue.

static zine love issue

Page by Ellie Anglin

static zine love issue

Page by Jonathan Rotsztain

static zine love issue

Page by Melody Lamb

static zine love issue

Page by Robb Mirsky

static zine love issue

Page by Aviva C

static zine love issue

Page by Jordan R Aelick

static zine love issue

Page by Allyson Marsh

static zine love issue

Covers by Fabrizia Ausiello