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 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!

Static editors Jessica, Melody & Aviva