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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Static editors Jessica, Melody & Aviva